Visit Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique
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
The 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.
Map of Quirimbas Archipelago
Places & hotels on the map
Photos of 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.
Quilálea Island rests in a marine sanctuary, with turquoise seas and rich coral reefs surrounding it. Azura Quilalea Private Island has superb views to the sea from the private veranda.
The lodge offers a classic island experience, and with just fourteen luxury rooms assures guests of exceptional service and flexibility.
Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort and Spa is located above a long sandy beach on Medjumbe Island. Just one kilometre long and 500 metres wide Medjumbe is a quaint little island with old stone ruins and bustling with birdlife including the rare black heron.
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.
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 amongst the main streets which have fascinating, but very crumbling, colonial architecture.
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 snorkelling is wonderful.