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.

Quirimbas Archipelago

Things to do in Quirimbas Archipelago

Scuba diving and snorkeling

Water sports

Ibo Island tours

Traditional dhow sailing

Accommodation in Quirimbas Archipelago

Azura Quilalea Private Island

Discerning travellers live in the lap of laid-back luxury at Azura Quilalea, where nine gorgeous seafront villas on this baobab-strewn island in the Quirimbas Archipelago National Park provide you with your own private island castaway home. Few experiences can beat the luxury of stepping onto the beach from your own secluded stone-and-thatch villa and diving straight into the limpid tropical waters that lap at the shore. The unspoilt house reef just off the main beach offers spectacular snorkelling and scuba diving. Azura Quilalea accommodates no more than 18 guests in absolute privacy. Here, down-to-earth hospitality combines seamlessly with sophisticated luxury.…

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Accommodation in Quirimbas Archipelago

Ibo Island Lodge

Wonderfully atmospheric and blissfully luxurious Ibo Island Lodge – made up of three elegant colonial-era villas in a prime position on the edge of the Indian Ocean – has been sensitively restored to its former glory and beautifully furnished with lovingly sourced Indian antiques.  Densely forested 3 500-hectare Ibo, the best-known island in the Quirimbas Archipelago National Park, is a green dot surrounded by a vast expanse of cerulean tropical waters. A remote tropical paradise with swaying palms and balmy azure waters filled with a veritable aquarium of marine life, Ibo is extraordinarily beautiful, but there is more: one of the…

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