WHY VISIT THE QUIRIMBAS ARCHIPELAGO
- Explore this beautiful group of islands that now form a marine national park
- Dive and snorkel off colourful corals that are alive with tropical fish
- Discover the forgotten colonial buildings that litter Ibo Island
- Take a dhow safari between the islands, camping beneath palm trees on white sands
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE QUIRIMBAS ARCHIPELAGO
The remote Quirimbas Archipelago lies off the coast of northern Mozambique, spread across the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Renowned for their exceptional diving and unspoilt charm, these pocket-sized islands are fringed with white, coralline beaches that dissolve into clear seas.
The archipelago is accessible via Pemba, located on the coast, but it remains largely untouched. The southern islands became a national park in 2002. These protected waters are rich with coral species, whilst the islands themselves are surrounded by mangroves and sea grasses.
Marine life fills the seas that surround these idyllic islands, with the isolated beaches providing nesting sites for various turtle species. Tropical fish dart through the warm waters, which also attract whales, dolphins and migratory birds.
It is not just wildlife and desert-island landscapes that make these islands remarkable. Once simply scattered with forgotten fishing settlements, the Quirimbas Archipelago flourished during medieval times. Trading posts dotted the islands, which were visited by both Portuguese and Arab traders.
Eventually, the islands – along with the rest of Mozambique – were colonised by the Portuguese, and colonial architecture still litters the region. In particular, Ibo Island is renowned for its crumbling colonial buildings.
BEYOND THE ORDINARY
- Charter a beautiful catamaran and dive the rich waters that surround St. Lazarus Bank