The Nanatha bay ends at a wonderful point known as Nuarro (which is how the lodge got it’s name). This formed from ancient coral rock which has eroded over aeons of time. In keeping with the local theme of the lodge, we decided on a local name, and Nuarro was the perfect choice.
Nuarro Lodge is located on the Baixo do Phinda peninsula in the Memba district of Nampula province, in northern Mozambique. The peninsula is virtually unknown to the outside world.
Marine Reserve – Nuarro lodge is comprised with the conservation of both land and the ocean, protecting hundreds of hectares of forest, mangrove and sea. The marine reserve was created in 2007 in common accord with the local community, to protect and recover the coral reefs surrounding the lodge. Over the years, the coral reefs have recovered, turning into a perfect safe habitat for thousands of colourful fish and stunning sea creatures such as nudibranchs, shrimps and many other invertebrates.
You can find the village woman are netting on the low tide and fisherman still catching fish on a wooden dug out, using both nets and line, the same method of fishing and way of living from more than a hundred year ago. Nuarro employees about 80 local people. The people are Macua.
The peninsula feels like an island surrounded by small private beaches, although conveniently Nuarro can be reached by car and does not require a plane or boat like an island. There is also so much to do at Nuarro, besides water activities, guests can also participate in other activities such as mountain biking or even a trip to the lighthouse at Baixo do Phinda to enjoy the incredible views of the bay.
Access to the World Heritage Site, Ilha de Mozambique (Mozambique Island), is easily done by road from Nuarro Lodge, which makes a great combination package. Enjoy the history and culture of Mozambique Island for a couple of nights, either on your way to or from the pristine beaches and remoteness of Nuarro.
Nuarro Lodge is a green project which generates its own electricity and clean water using renewable energy.
Nuarro lodge supports local community initiatives and during the construction of the lodge we also built a community centre.
History of Nuarro Lodge
Nuarro Lodge, this all started with the dream of the owners. They want to enable people to experience the wonders and beauty of Mozambique and they want to achieve this is an ethical way.
During its construction, skilled builders, carpenters and electricians were employed to assist in the training of the local unskilled people, so that they will have the chance to empower themselves and improve their livelihoods.
Land, time, skills, money, enthusiasm and energy were invested. In return Nuarro brings to its neighbours and partners greater financial security and general social development. Based on an established memorandum.
It is an experience that inspire visitors, staff and the local community.
The guests of Nuarro are welcomed to Nuarro at the reception area, which positioned at the top of a dune overlooking the bay. Here is where the guests will get a full briefing on arrival, and also have the opportunity to peruse our gift shop, where we have a wonderful array of handmade items for sale.
The reception area also has a guest computer for internet access or wi-fi is also available for you to log on from your own devices.
Guests can either enjoy the bush-lined walkways to their chalets from reception, take the beach route or be driven, if more convenient.
Next to the reception is the Managers Office, where you will always find someone to help you, should you require anything.
Just a short walk down towards the sea, you will find our comfy beach bar, where cocktails are a plenty and the beers always cold! A scrumptious snack menu is also available for those post dive munchies. A bit further along, you will find our Activities Centre.
Located next to the beach bar, the activities centre is where you will learn about all the various things there are to do at Nuarro! In addition to diving, there are an extensive array of activities such as snorkeling, whale watching (seasonal), sea kayaking, picnic trips to isolated beaches, mountain biking and village trips.
The Activities Centre also has a comfortable sitting area with books and magazines (and a television –shhhhhh). It doubles up as a classroom, where you can learn all you need to know about diving, if you do not already.
Come and peruse through the equipment, chat to our friendly team, who are always around the Activities Centre, to help and guide you to a suitable activity.
For more information about our activities, click here.
To relax the day away, chill out after an exhilarating activity or simply watch the whales swimming in the bay (from July to November), the Beach Bar is a great relaxed spot where light snacks can be enjoyed throughout the day. The Beach Bar is located on the eastern side of the lodge, next to the Activity Centre and has a large wooden deck giving a full sea view and beach access. Comfort and a laid-back informal atmosphere are the themes at this spot.
There is also wifi in this area, so a super place to check in on home or (only if you have to), the office!
Located on the western end of our beach, is our open and elegant restaurant and cocktail bar. Stunning vistas out over the bay and Nanatha Rock.
All of our delectable meals are served here, and it is a popular place to hang out, relaxing amongst the enormous cushions in the sunken lounge, tasting some bar snacks, sipping some ice cold beverages, and recalling the day’s events to fellow guests and Nuarro team.
Our menu changes constantly, but you can expect the freshest seafood delights available, prepared in both local and international styles. Chef Afonso and his kitchen crew are very open to try and accommodate any dietary restrictions and child requirements (and eating times), with sufficient notice!
The Nuarro beach fringes the bay and runs along the front of the entire lodge, making a half moon shape, all the way past the village and to the point of the Nanatha bay.
The beach itself spans more than 2km in length, which makes for some magnificent early morning runs (on the low tide) or late afternoon romantic strolls.
There is often some beach volleyball (sometimes rather intense competitions) in front of the activities centre, or sometimes the remnants of some fantastic sandcastle building, designed by the happy, duly occupied ‘little’ Nuarro guests, to be found on the beach. Some guests even opt for a back massage under the shade of the Casuarina trees on the beach.
Access to the beach is easy, right from your own private pathway from your chalet, or the beach bar and activities centre or the restaurant.
Of course, Nuarro is one of the only lodges in northern Mozambique that has shore entry diving and snorkeling right from the beach!
Not only do we have the spectacular 2km long lodge beach, but there are many other private beaches a short distance from the lodge.
We can arrange a wonderful picnic for you to spend a romantic day alone with your loved one, or a memory-filled day with your family. Please see our section on beach picnics for more information on these.
There are quite a few private beaches that we utilize, and these are accessible either by boat, mountain bike ride, car or a short walk away.
Due to the relationships with the surrounding communities and Nuarro Lodge, all parties have agreed that Nuarro Bay is to be a protected area.
The biodiversity of the bay is unprecedented. There is a coral reef near the shoreline and many other fantastic reefs within the bay. The structure is a steady slope toward the edge of the continental shelf, which makes the marine life really special and diverse.
Nuarro is the perfect setting for a tropical beach honeymoon in Mozambique.
Nuarro’s white sand beach and the eleven small private beaches are idylle for an unforgettable honeymoon.
The spacious romantic chalets with complete privacy and stunning views over the beach and Indian Ocean are a couple of footsteps from the beach.
Honeymooners at Nuarro Lodge will get a romantic dinner on the beach and a beach picnic on one of the private beaches.
families & groups
Nuarro Lodge is a great place for family holidays, allowing you to escape hectic home-life and enjoy quality time with your family in this tropical paradise. It is also a fantastic opportunity for children to experience rural Mozambique life!
Our dedicated team are excellent with children and have creative ways to entertain your children when parents are out participating in some of the activities or having a quite moment together.
There are many different activities to keep children of all ages entertained. Most of the activities are child-friendly:- there is snorkelling from the beach, kayaking (double and single kayaks), stand-up paddle board, mountain bikes, beach volleyball and of course PADI scuba diving (from 8 years). These can all be arranged as guided activities, so our very capable team will accompany children. For the very young children there is always building sand castles on the gorgeous 2km long beach, and as a last resort for teens, there are video games available for those who cannot live without them.
Nuarro’s beach is perfect for children of all ages. With low tide the small tidal pool is teeming with marine life and fish. There is also always a conversation to be had with other children on the beach from the lodge and the nearby community.
Afonso, Nuarro’s amazing Chef, always looks forward to being able to have fun and make the most scrumptious “kiddie” food, specifically designed to have the desired effect on fussy eaters.
The family rooms are designed for families of 3 and 4, all beds have a mosquito net and cots (and high chairs) are also available on request.
Planning for a family can be difficult, don’t hesitate to contact us, we would love to assist you.
Nuarro is a perfect getaway for Team building and Conferences including organised water and land activities? Having a conference with stunning sea views?
We can cater for small and larger groups. Please let us know and we can assist you.