Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Quirimbas Archipelago Diving Holidays

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.

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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.

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.

Top picks for Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Vamizi Island is an eight-mile long finger of jungle covered island, fringed by idyllic sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs. It also happens to be about the most idyllic barefoot luxury destination on the planet.

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Azura Quilalea Aerial View

Azura Quilalea Private Island

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Azura at Quilálea is an idyllic Mozambique island resort situated in a forgotten corner of Mozambique's Quirimbas Archipelago.

Where to stay

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