Quirimbas Archipelago
Mozambique Travel Guide

The fabulous Quirimbas Archipelago is a largely unexplored chain of 32 Indian Ocean islands along the northern Mozambique coast.

Islands in the sun

Widely recognised for outstanding diving and fishing, the Quirimbas Archipelago has many treasures and an "undiscovered" appeal. St Lazarus Banks offers a renowned game fishing destination close to Pemba. The undersea mountain creates a unique marine environment. Charters are available in this area. Only some of the beautiful islands are populated or have resorts.

The Quirimbas National Park just north of Pemba includes 11 of these islands. They form part of the National Park on mainland Mozambique which was formed by the local communities to protect this unique environment. The tourism mandate for this area is of selected high quality, low impact resorts to work together with the communities to create benefits for all involved.

The result of this groundbreaking collaboration is a delightful eco-holiday destination with warm azure waters, untouched coral reefs, white sandy beaches, wildlife and historical significance. Here, visitors can enjoy heartwarming cultural interaction, find beautifully crafted and original silverware and explore ancient settlements and buildings. The mainland section of the park is only just being revealed to the world.

The Quirimbas National Park is an area of great importance with an abundance of exotic fish and rare marine species such as the dugongs, sea turtles and humpback whales. Snorkeling and diving in the Quirimbas Archipelago is one of the most rewarding experiences in Mozambique.

The average temperature in the dry season is 27 degrees Centigrade (80 degrees Fahrenheit) from April to September. During the hot rainy season from October to March, the temperature increases about 3 degrees on the coast, with cooler temperatures and humidity inland.

Medjumbe Island

Medjumbe Island in Mozambique offers intimacy and the ultimate Mozambique romantic escape, a little-known gem with an exclusive resort and dive centre. The reefs and unexplored dive sites around Medjumbe are pristine and really a best-kept secret - the fishing is also spectacular.

The island is a 45-minute charter flight from Pemba. Feel soft powdery sands sifting through your toes as you stroll along a pristine beach lapped by the turquoise Indian Ocean during your stay at the exclusive Anantara Medjumbe Private Island Resort.

Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island in Mozambique also has a stunning and exclusive resort surrounded by fabulous scenery and sandy coves. This is the most northerly island in the Archipelago, offering remote luxury, exciting dive sites (for all levels of experience) and fishing sites.

The island is a 55-minute charter flight over the archipelago from Pemba. During your stay at the luxurious Vamizi Island Resort enjoy quiet hour-long walks on the seemingly endless stretches of deserted beaches and take a dip in the pristine Indian Ocean waters that lap along the coastline enticing snorkellers and scuba divers alike.

Quilalea Island

Quilalea Island in Mozambique is uninhabited and malaria-free, a privately owned island tucked away in the archipelago. This romantic destination offers private accommodation and activities for elite bookings. The island is accessed by a 20-minute air transfer, followed by a 20-minute boat transfer to the private island resort.

Ibo Island

Ibo Island in Mozambique is the most well-known island in the Quirimbas Archipelago. Ibo Island has been occupied for hundreds of years, as far back as the 1500s, with signs of earlier Arab influences. The architecture and history follow closely that of Ilha de Mozambique (Mozambique Island).

There are 3 forts and a lovely, old Catholic church to explore amongst a variety of other historic buildings. At the main fort, renowned traditional silversmiths create original jewellery. While not a traditional beach destination, Ibo has a wonderfully romantic, colonial atmosphere with rich cultural roots - superb white beaches are a short boat ride away.

The island is a 30-minute air charter transfer from Pemba. Stay at Ibo Island Lodge on this remote Mozambican island lost in time.

Matemo Island

Matemo Island in Mozambique is an exquisite palm tree paradise fringed with dazzling beaches, ever-changing turquoise waters and fantastic dive sites (including a wreck), just 20 minutes by boat from Ibo.

Visitors can learn to dive at the Dive School, enjoy land and sea fishing, also cultural village tours on the island. Matemo is great for family holidays. The island can also be accessed by a 20-minute air charter transfer from Pemba.

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