The exquisite Quirimbas Archipelago is a chain of 32 remote Indian Ocean islands off the northern coastline of Mozambique. With 11 of its islands included in the Quirimbas National Park just off Pemba, this is the ultimate ecotourism destination.
The park protects 750 639 hectares of coastal forest and mangroves, rich coral reefs and abundant marine life. While the sandy white beaches and azure sea are exceptionally beautiful, the transparent tropical waters make it a pleasure to explore the pristine coral reefs, which are alive with hundreds of fish species and marine creatures including dugongs, whales and turtles. The area is justifiably famous for its excellent diving and game fishing.
Island life offers fascinating cultural interactions and you can explore ancient settlements and historical buildings that reflect the area’s significance as a trading post and meeting place of Arab, Swahili and European cultures. Fringed with palm trees and surrounded by azure tropical waters teeming with marine life, Ibo, Quilalea, Matemo, Vamizi and Matembe islands are particularly appealing, with a romantic, castaway magic.