Quirimbas Archipelago - Area Information
Quirimbas Archipelago, Quirimbas, Mozambique
The magnificent Quirimbas Archipelago in Cabo Delgado Province, Northern Mozambique, is a captivating chain of 32 coral islands. These tropical islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago
contain some of the richest coral reefs in the world and provide habitat for an abundant array of marine life.
It is the 'undiscovered' nature of these islands that make it so special...
It's not often the world gets a new corner to explore, but the relatively unknown Quirimbas Archipelago is rapidly becoming Mozambique's
hottest destination. Seclusion, a laidback rhythm of life, a rich marine world and crystal clear water - these are a few of the draw cards of a Quirimbas island holiday.
The archipelago is made up of 32 coral islands strung along Mozambique's northern coast, from Pemba to the Tanzanian border. Many are uninhabited, and Quirimbas accommodation is limited to a handful of luxurious lodges and romantic beach bungalows, so it's easy to find an empty stretch of beach or virgin reef all to yourself.
Previously inaccessible, this has now changed with increased flights opening up this magical world of beautiful tropical islands. Flights are Via Pemba
on LAM airlines.
Coconut palms and powder-white beaches line small private islands like Matemo
. Add to this bucketfuls of luxury and a fantastic range of activities - from thrilling scuba diving to peaceful dhow cruises - and you're looking at the perfect off-the-beaten track escape.
Whether you're on honeymoon
, wanting a bit of solitude, an avid diver or part of a group of friends or family; a Quirimbas island holiday gives you the chance to get away from it all, a secluded little piece of paradise to live out in luxury.
The best time to visit the Quirimbas is during the cooler, drier winter months. (between May and September), when both rainfall and temperatures are at their lowest. Many people however choose to visit Quirimbas islands during Mozambique's hotter and more humid summer. The rainiest months are January and February with brief intense showers, after which the sun comes out again. Monsoons only tend to affect the southern regions of Mozambique, not the Quirimbas.
If one of your main reasons for travelling to the Quirimbas is fishing
, you'll be pleased to know that a variety of game fish species can be caught year-round. Sailfish season runs from July to December.
conditions are good all year with warm sea, although the visibility would be better during the dry season. The best time to see humpback whales is between August and October.