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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.

    • Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa, Quirimba Archipelago

      Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa


      Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort and Spa is located above a long sandy beach on Medjumbe Island. Just one kilometer long and 500 meters wide, Medjumbe is a quaint little island with old stone ruins and bustling with birdlife including the rare black heron.

    • Azura at Quilalea Private Island, Quirimba Archipelago

      Azura Quilalea Private Island


      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.

    • Ibo Island Lodge, Quirimba Archipelago

      Ibo Island Lodge

      First Class

      The lodge offers a classic island experience, and with just fourteen luxury rooms assures guests of exceptional service and flexibility.

    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.

    • 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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    • 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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