Quirimbas Archipelago

A unique collection of 32 remote islands off the north coast of Mozambique. Isolated, and pristine, locked in a time capsule.

  • Quirimbas archipelago in Mozambique from above © Shutterstock

    Quirimbas archipelago in Mozambique from above

Endowed with spectacular beaches and marine life, this stunning archipelago is known for its rich history and culture that blends an indigenous African experience with Arab and Portuguese influences.
Everything is on offer here from stupendous luxury to basic backpacking, just find the island that suits your needs. Some islands are historic monuments to a trading time gone by, some offer spectacular reefs and diving sites where you can explore marine life below the waterline. What you can be assured of is a wonderful beach getaway on an idyllic Indian Ocean island.

  • Ibo Island:  Ibo is deemed the capital of the Quirimbas and is a great place to immerse yourself in the local history and culture of the island. Once a trading post with a dark history, today it is peaceful and calm. You may feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the early 20th century as you explore this melting pot of African, Swahili, Portuguese and Indian cultures, seemingly frozen in time.
  • Private islands:  Several of the islands are private such as Quilalea. With just nine private villas, each with a stunning sea view, you are guaranteed an exclusive stay on an otherwise uninhabited island.
  • What to do here: Where you are staying will depend on what is on offer though most things can be arranged. Popular excursions include traditional dhow cruises, snorkelling and diving, canoe excursions and island hopping.  Food is an important part of every holiday and fresh seafood with a Portuguese twist takes centre stage on the islands.
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Quirimbas Archipelago

Quirimbas archipelago in Mozambique from above

A unique collection of 32 remote islands off the north coast of Mozambique. Isolated, and pristine, locked in a time capsule.

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