Mozambique is an up and coming African holiday destination, far from the regular tourist trail, and has plenty to attract the visitor seeking seclusion, natural beauty and a stunning coastline dotted with unspoiled tropical islands.
The remote QuirimbasArchipelago of some 32 coral islands stretches for 60-odd miles in Mozambique’s far north coast, and harbours some of the world’s finest reefs and abundant marine life. The Bazarutu Archipelago is further south, with four main islands found 19 miles off the coast, is another paradise for scuba diving and snorkelling.
Accommodation in Mozambique ranges from rustic eco lodges to luxury five star resorts and you can be sure of a warm welcome and great service.
The Quirimbas Archipelago stretches for 100 kilometers along the Mozambique coast. These tropical islands contain some of the richest coral reefs in the world and provide habitat for an abundant array of marine life. The Quirimbas Archipelago consists of 32 tropical coral islands stretching from Pemba (the capital of Cabo Delgado Province) to the Rovuma River, which forms the natural frontier between Tanzania and Mozambique. The area has never been developed and remains an unexplored tourist paradise.
These idyllic islands stretch from the quaint city of Pemba in the south to the town of Palma in the north. Some of the charming islands in the south include a vast expanse of enchanted forest in the Quirimbas National Park. The park was established in 2002 as an answer to the local community’s need to nurture and sustain their precious natural environment. Feeding and nesting grounds for the park’s delightful population of sea turtles, dugong, dolphins, sharks and whales are found here.
Pemba is the access point for the Quirimbas Archipelago. This Archipelago is another pristine destination, although more remote and less frequented than Bazaruto Archipelago. Snorkelling, fishing and diving in these waters doesn’t get better than this!
The Quirimbas have enormous cultural and historical value, with a combination of Arabian, Portuguese, and African influences. The magnificent old fortresses on Ibo Island boast intriguing historical and fascinating sites. With mangroves, coral and palms, this island tells a story of slaves, pirates and ivory.
The impressive 1,500km2 marine area of Quirimbas National Park includes 11 coral islands stretching for 100km. These islands feature phenomenal vertical drop-offs, some up to 400 meters. These walls are abundant with coral covered caves and tropical fish ranging from gobies to mammoth Napoleon Wrasse and game fish including Kingfish and Spanish
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Guludo Beach LodgeSet between the Indian Ocean and the north Mozambique bush in the Quirimbas National Park, this eco lodge feature just nine thatch ‘bandas’. Dive into clear tropical waters or sail into the sunset on a traditional wooden dhow.7 Nts from €2,299
IBO Island LodgeSet on idyllic Ibo Island in the UNESCO World Heritage-nominated Quirimbas Archipelago off the north coast of Mozambiqie, this hotel exudes old fashioned charm, with handcrafted hard wood furniture, antique fittings, plus stunning sea view from its verandahs and rooftop restaurants.7 Nts from €3,199
Indigo Bay Resort & SpaThis luxury resort and spa centre is on the beautiful tropical Bazaruto Island off the southern Mozambique coast. Its chalets all have verandahs and sunken seaview baths and the area boasts world class diving and snorkelling.7 Nts from €3,709
Pemba Beach Hotel and SpaBlending African and Arabic styling, this luxurious hotel and spa is in the historic town of Pemba in north Mozambique’s beautiful and remote Quirimbas Archipelago. All rooms have balconies and an infinity pool overlooks the beach.7 Nts from €2,649
Pestana Bazaruto LodgeThis magical island hideaway is on Bazaruto Island off the remote north coast of Mozambique, accessed by small plane. Thatched chalets are set along the beachfront and there is a pool, atmospheric restaurant and bar and complimentary daily shuttle boats. 7 Nts from €2,649
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