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The Quirimbas Archipelago is made up of 32 coral islands just off the coast of northern Mozambique.

Pristine and largely unknown, these islands are visited by only a handful of guests. Tangled green creepers tumble to the water from low coral cliffs and white sandy beaches are littered with shells.

There are butterflies, tropical flowers, monkeys and birds. Apart from the local fisherman paddling in dug-out canoes there are no people anywhere to be seen.

Marine wildlife of Quirimbas Archipelago

Hawksbill sea turtleThe turquoise waters are rich with coral and fish, so it's not surprising there is a marine sanctuary here. Ribbon eels, spotted sweetlips and yellow-banded snappers are some of the 375 fish species you might see. There are green and hawksbill turtles, humpback whales and the rare dugong.

Quirimbas is a place to be visited soon, before it is discovered by the rest of the world.

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Map of Quirimbas Archipelago

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    Places near Quirimbas Archipelago

    Accommodation choices for Quirimbas Archipelago

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Quirimbas Archipelago. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    Ideas for experiencing Quirimbas Archipelago

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Quirimbas Archipelago, and which use the best local guides.

    • Ibo Island Trip
      The Fort, Ibo Island

      Ibo Island Trip

      Ibo Island Trip

      An enjoyable way to spend a morning is with a trip to Ibo Island. Ibo was a key Swahili trading post and the capital before Pemba. You can wander among the main streets which have fascinating, but very crumbling, colonial architecture.

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    • Rolas Island Trip
      Rolas Island, Mozambique

      Rolas Island Trip

      Rolas Island Trip

      You can explore the island on which there is a very small fishing village where you often see fish out on racks to dry. There is a good amount of coral around the island and the snorkeling is wonderful.

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