Lying in the Indian Ocean off northeastern Mozambique, Quirimbas Archipelago which consists of 32 islands is rapidly becoming Africa's hottest beach destination.
The islands stretch from Palma in the north to Pemba in the south with 11 of them being part of Quirimbas National Park. Featuring mangrove swamps, sandy and rock shores habitats the southern islands are home to turtles, crabs and migratory birds. You can also sight dolphins and whales.
The diverse coral species and reefs at Mejumbe Island are well preserved to form a tourist delight of unexplored dive sites.
The popular Ibo Island has a rich history with architecture similar in structure to Ilha de Mozambique (Island of Mozambique) indicating Arab influences as far as the early 16th century. The island was a trading post for slaves and ivory and later the capital of Cabo Delgado.
For family holidays, plan to visit the palm fringed Matemo Island where the turquoise waters are excellent for snorkelling and the sandy beaches for sun bathing. For a romantic escape, the privately owned Quilalea Island offers intimacy in a secluded location.
Tourists can dive into the rich resources of Quirimba’s Archipelago, trade relics, colonial buildings and fort. You can go snorkelling and diving close to the shores of Vamizi Island.
Other interesting things to do are watersports, sailing safaris, sunset cruises, whale watching in season, beach sports, island walks and picnics, castaway picnics.