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.
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.