Quirimbas Islands

The 32 tiny Quirimbas islands are some of the world's best diving and fishing destinations but are barely on most tourists' radar.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

All year around

Overview

The 32 tiny Quirimbas islands are some of the world's best diving and fishing destinations but are barely on most tourists' radar. This string of islands offers stunning white beaches, a pristine marine environment and a sense of being utterly away from the maelstrom of the world. The Quirimbas islands archipelago stretches for over 100 km in the far north of Mozambique. However, the southern islands, and some mainland forest, are included in the Quirimbas National Park which preserves and protects the stunning beauty of the Quirimbas.

In particular, the Quirimbas islands are known for their world class scuba diving. The complete lack of development in the Quirimbas Archipelago has meant that the coral here has not suffered the degradation seen elsewhere. The colours of the reefs are vibrant and pristine, and the warm Indian Ocean waters teem with fish. So, it will also suit couples seeking a truly remote tropical island destination for their honeymoon or anniversary.

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Features

Why you may love it

  • World-class diving opportunity.
  • ‘Away-from-it’ all beach holiday or honeymoon.
  • Authentic Mozambican culture & architecture on Ibo Island & Ilha de Mozambique.
  • Buy local jewelry made from old silver.

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When to visit Quirimbas Islands

December to March

Summer in Quirimbas Islands

In summer, the north-west monsoon prevails in the Quirimbas. Rain is mainly in the form of showers and afternoon thunderstorms so there is still a reasonable amount of sunshine. March is the wettest month. There is also the chance of tropical cyclones especially in February and March so this time is not recommended.
AVG RAINFALL 156 mm
MAX TEMP 32 ℃ / 90 ℉
MIN TEMP 24 ℃ / 75 ℉

April & May

The start of the Dry season

This is a transitional period when the rain tapers off (during April) and the dry season starts in May. However, daytime temperatures stay hot. Great time to visit.
AVG RAINFALL 75 mm
MAX TEMP 31 ℃ / 88 ℉
MIN TEMP 22 ℃ / 72 ℉

June to August

Sea temperatures - Pleasant

This is the dry season so the ideal time to combine a South African safari with some beach time in the Quirimbas. Temperatures remain hot (28-29c). Sea temperatures stay warm all year ranging from 29C down to a still pleasant 26C in July & August.
AVG RAINFALL 9 mm
MAX TEMP 28 ℃ / 82 ℉
MIN TEMP 19 ℃ / 66 ℉

September to November

Sunniest time of year

This is the sunniest time of year. Temperatures rise steadily from mid-August onwards becoming seriously hot in October to November (max 31c with high humidity) just prior to the start of summer rains which usually begin somewhere in November.
AVG RAINFALL 25 mm
MAX TEMP 31 ℃ / 88 ℉
MIN TEMP 22 ℃ / 72 ℉

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