Quirimbas Islands Archipelago

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

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Tropical island paradise in the Quirimbas Islands

The 32 coral islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago in Mozambique make up one of the last remaining unexplored areas of Africa’s coast. 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.

Ibo Island Lodge offers a unique cultural experience steeped in history. In contrast Medjumbe Private Island and Azura on Quililea island are perfect for keen divers and honeymoons.

Which one?  The Quirimbas or the Benguerra Islands?

The Quirimbas Archipelago may be best if you:

  • Really like your diving
  • Want to have a truly away-from-it all beach holiday or honeymoon
  • Are keen to experience authentic Mozambican culture & architecture on Ibo Island
  • Don’t mind spending some money for the privilege!

How to get to the Quirimbas Islands?

Direct flights connect the mainland town of Pemba with Johannesburg, Dar es Salaam and Maputo. Then from Pemba you take a short flight onto the beach resort of your choice. This ranges from 20 to 40 minutes depending on which beach lodge you choose.