Beaches and waters in the Ilhas Quirimbas are still largely unpopulated and unexplored therefore ecologically pristine. The 11 southernmost islands and part of the mainland are protected under the Quirimbas Marine National Park. Visitors can immerse themselves in the culture, the ancient history reflected in many old settlements and buildings or ruins. Ocean safaris, islands hopping day trips, water sports and relaxing dhow cruises make a holiday to these islands unforgettable. The scuba diving and snorkelling here is particualry amazing. For more information about the underwater world and scuba diving in the Quirimba's, please have a look in the 'Diving & Snorkelling' section.
The 4 islands that we feature are 3 private islands for your proper paradise beach holiday, which are Qulialea, Vamizi and Medjumbe Island and Ibo Island. Ibo Islands is less suitable for your standard beach stay, but more for a cultural adventure with lots of history on the island and very warm hearted islanders who welcome you to explore their home. This can be combined with a wide range of activities and excursions on offer, including fantastic dhow safaris that take you to sandy islands for your beach fix.
The Quirimbas Archipelago offers traditional Mozambican food combined with European and Arabic flavors. Try giant prawns, crab and freshly caught sailfish! Juicy fruits and delicious coconut rice are a typical accompaniment with most meals. Be sure to experience the Mozambican piri-piri – Portuguese in origin and made from crushed chilies.
How to get there
Previously very inaccessible, this destination has opened up considerably, visitors can now fly to the town of Pemba from within Mozambique or from Dar-es-Salaam, or Johannesburg, and then catch a charter flight or helicopter to your island of choice.