Mozambique Islands Guide

Mozambique boasts a number of islands and archipelagos, with pristine beaches and abundant marine life.

Bazaruto Archipelago

The most popular tourist area in Mozambique, the archipelago consists of four main islands - Bazaruto, Benguera, Magaruque, and Santa Carolina. They are situated some 35 km off the mainland and are accessible by boat, or small aircraft, from the town of Vilanculos.

High-quality accommodation in this island of Mozambique attracts international visitors who, as well as swimming and sunbathing, can take part in a full range of water-sports that includes snorkelling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, saltwater fly fishing, sailing and water-skiing.

Ibo Island

A Quirimbas Archipelago Island of Mozambique, and a former Portuguese trading post, this beautiful island has been nominated for World Heritage status. Only accessible by boat from Pemba, it is well worth the effort as the island is steeped in history and ancient culture.

A number of investors have identified this and community and conservation projects are underway to protect Ibo's biodiversity. Ibo island prides itself on its three historical forts. The largest, St Jao Baptista on the northern side of the island, was used to imprison political prisoners from Portugal as late as the 1970's.

Today the fort is used for more peaceful work and is home to traditional silversmiths that practice their ancient art of handmade jewellery design. Stay at Ibo Island Lodge

Quirimbas Archipelago

Consisting of 32 small islands, including Ibo Island, and stretching 100 km from Pemba to the Rovuma River on the border with Tanzania, Quirimbas Archipelago boasts some of the richest coral reefs in the world and is home to an abundant array of marine life.

Luxury lodges in Mozambique provide ample opportunity for relaxation while scuba diving, snorkelling, deep-sea- fishing, sailing, surf-casting and bird watching are just some of the activities on offer. The southernmost of the islands and a vast expanse of mainland forest form the recently declared Quirimbas National Park.

Elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo, wild dog and an amazing bird-life may be seen here while the marine fauna and flora include sharks, sea turtles, humpback whales, the occasional dugong and over 50 types of coral.

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