Nuarro Lodge, Nacala, Mozambique
Nuarro Lodge is built on the point at the end of Nanatha Bay on the Baixo do Pinda Peninsula. The beach stretches for several miles and is backed by pristine bush and baobab forest.
The small village of Nanatha is nearby and, whilst the lodge is owner run by two couples, Peter and Trienke and Lóla and Steve, the local community plays an important role. The lodge is run on strong ethical and fair-trade principles and as co-owners of the land the community are very active in participating and building the business.
Nuarro has twelve chalets, tucked into the dune vegetation at the back of the beach. Each chalet has a large bedroom area with king-size bed, mosquito net and fine linens. En suite bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor showers. Large doors and windows open up to a shaded veranda with bay views to the north and baobab forests to the south. The verandas are perfect places to read a book in your hammock or relax on a sun lounger. Ten of the chalets have a mezzanine level with twin beds upstairs to accommodate families.
Nuarro has a restaurant with views of the bay. Fresh seafood and salads are the mainstay of the menu. There is a sunken lounge with a library and where tea and cake are served in the afternoons. The beach bar, which over looks the beach, serves light snacks throughout the day and serves rather good cocktails in the evenings.
There are a variety of activities to enjoy at Nuarro. Diving is a real highlight at Nuarro and experienced PADI diving instructors are on hand to take you on dives. However, please note very occasionally weather conditions may mean diving is unavailable - for example if the wind gets up. Non-divers can enjoy snorkelling, dolphin and whale watching (humpbacks pass by from July to October), dhow sailing trips, sea kayaking and fly-fishing. On land you can enjoy eco-trails by bike or on foot, bird watching, cultural village visits and trips to Ilha de Mocambique.