Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Quirimbas Archipelago Diving Holidays

The Quirimbas Archipelago, off Mozambique's northern coast, is known for its fertile waters, colonial history and high quality hotels. In summary, it makes for the perfect beach, culture and dive holiday combination.

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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.
  • For culture vultures, Ibo Island is a fascinating glimpse into Mozambique's colonial past.
  • Whales, sharks and more. The marine life here is stunning.

Our Guide to Quirimbas Archipelago Diving Holidays

As you fly over the Quirimbas Archipelago it's impossible not to be mesemerised by the bright white sandbanks and knotted mangroves emerging from the deep emerald water - it may take a while to get there but for this image alone it's absolutely worth it. But the Quirimbas Archipelago is so much more than just aesthetics (however beautiful they are), there is also a huge variety of wildlife on show. The Maluane Conservation Area comprises three Indian Ocean islands and a 33,000-hectare inland wildlife safari area, although 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.

Evidence of the Quirimbas's colonial past are fully evident throughout this area, having been colonised by the Arabs and the Portuguese respectively. Ibo island is perhaps the best example of this, with its wide open streets and crumbling colonial architecture. Other activities in this region include fishing, sailing and kayaking. Alternatively, just sit back, relax and enjoy your beautiful surroundings.

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Vamizi Island Lodge

Vamizi Island Lodge

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 at Quilalea

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

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

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