The essence of the experience
Local communities on the various islands play an integral part in the conservation of reefs, and to a large extent they depend on these sources of fish for their livelihood. To fully understand the link between conservation and community, it is worth immersing yourself in the local customs and traditions of the fishing communities on &Beyond Vamizi Island on a guided tour. Gain insight into the community development work being done by Friends of Vamizi. The staff at &Beyond Vamizi Island come from a variety of different areas in Mozambique, and most speak Portuguese and Kimwani, which is a dialect of Swahili. The local community on the island is predominately Muslim, and we ask that you please respect their culture when visiting the community by covering your shoulders and knees. Please feel free to ask any of our staff if you would like to know more about their fascinating history and culture.
While out in the communities, you can visit the local school, to gain an understanding of the challenges faced by children and families living on the islands – speak to the teachers and meet some of the children. Ask you guide about the &Beyond Vamizi Island pompoms story, and see if you can try your hand at making one