The Quirimbas Archipelago (or ‘Ilhas Quirimbas’ in Portuguese) is a beautiful string of 32 islands lying to the far north of Maputo. An expanse that stretches more than 100 kilometres along the coastline, the Quirimbas Islands offer unique experiences of unspoilt landscapes and a range of accommodation choices for visitors all year round.
The beaches in the Ilhas Quirimbas are still largely unpopulated and unexplored making it an ecologically pristine destination. The 11 southernmost islands and part of the mainland are protected under the Quirimbas Marine National Park.
Travellers can immerse themselves in the local culture and folklore, digest the ancient history reflected in many old settlements and buildings or ruins as they tour around. Ocean safaris, islands hopping day trips, water sports galore and relaxing dhow cruises make a for an unforgettable getaway to the Quirimbas Archipelago.
The Quirimbas Archipelago offers traditional Mozambican food combined with European and Arabic flavours. Indulge in giant prawns, crab and freshly caught sailfish! Succulent fresh fruits and delicious coconut rice are a regular accompaniment with most meals served. For the Flavoursome Foodie Traveller, be sure to experience the Mozambican piri-piri – Portuguese in origin and made from crushed chillies.
Diving in the Quirimbas Archipelago reveals hundreds of identified marine species and new sites are continually being discovered.
Flights to this part of Mozambique land on the mainland and charter flights land on several of the islands. Previously, the destination was largely inaccessible, however with the development of resorts and island retreats, it has opened up access to the Quirimbas Archipelago via boat and air.