The Quirimba Archipelago islands are situated off the coast of northern Mozambique close to Pemba on the mainland. Arab trading posts and Portuguese trading routes dominated the seas many decades ago and today many of these 34 islands remain uninhabited.
The Ilhas Quirimbas are a Mozambique cultural and natural heritage, all partly linked to the coast by sand bars, coral reefs, mangroves and water rich in marine life. The Islands of Ibo, Quisiva and Matemo feature old Portuguese settlements with pre-colonial Swahili settlements. There is evidence that the culture today is a potpourri of influences from Africa, the Arab region, India and Europe over more than a millennium.
Diving in the Quirimba’s Archipelago is a maze of phenomenal drop-offs and diverse coral species. This Mozambique conservation area contains outstanding global value due to its mangrove, sea grasses, sandy and rocky shores habitats – important feeding areas for turtle, crab plovers and migratory birds. Bottlenose and humpback dolphins and whales breed here too.
The Quirimba’s Archipelago is the perfect Mozambique Holiday Destination with is diverse range of beach resorts and hotels, biodiversity and exclusivity. Mozambique Honeymoons on these islands are the ultimate in romance and seclusion with the perfect beach and ocean setting! Flights to Mozambique landing in Pemba give access to the archipelago.