Occupied by Arabs from the 10th century, and later controlled by the Portuguese, from whom Mozambique gained independence in 1975, the Quirimbas is steeped in history as well as being a beautiful beach paradise.
Charlie, Original Diver
What started as a trickle of top quality lodge openings has become a steady flow as word spreads of the sheer remote beauty of this spot and the world-class diving on offer.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Head to the wonderfully remote Vamizi or Quilalea to dive some untouched dive sites in the Quirimbas.
- There's more to the Quirimbas Archipelago than beautiful beaches…..find out more about Mozambique's colonial past on Ibo Island.
- Whales, sharks and more. The marine life here is stunning.
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Our Guide to Quirimbas Archipelago Diving Holidays
We have visited and revisited the remote Quirimbas Archipelago several times in the last few years to keep abreast of the openings. The conclusion? Getting there may require a long journey by air, land and sea, but it is well, well worth the effort. In addition to idyllic beaches, the archipelago contains mangrove forests and some of the richest coral reefs in the world. The Maluane Conservation Area comprises three Indian Ocean islands and a 33,000-hectare inland wildlife safari area, but it's the wildlife beneath the waves that wins hands down.
The archipelago has over 350 species of reef fish in its waters, as well as humpback whales, whale sharks, the endangered dugong, and turtles.
As well as world class snorkelling and diving, activities include sea kayaking, fishing and sailing trips on traditional dhows. Add in delicious fresh seafood and you have a great destination for a barefoot beach holiday. For a dose of culture amidst all the R&R and aquatic activities, Ibo Island also has a long and interesting history as a trading post, with the Chinese, Arabs and Portuguese all having left their mark.