The Mozambican coastline is dotted with 30 plus idyllic islands, forming part of the Quirimbas National Park. An abundance of marine life includes turtles, dugongs, whales, dolphins and a thriving coral reef. Here, surrounded by crystal clear water, one can truly appreciate the laidback atmosphere the secluded islands bring.

The islands represent a fusion between Portuguese, Arabian and African cultures, and historical landmarks bear testimony of eras dominated by slavery, pirates and the ivory trade.


The tropical climate is hot all year around, making this a fantastic holiday destination no matter what time of the year. From December to April temperatures are higher, the air is more humid with rain. January and February are the rainiest months, marked by brief, but intense showers. The dry season is from May to November, with June to August being cooler.

Getting There

Flights: Pemba Airport is on the archipelago’s mainland. From here you can be transferred to the islands via light aircraft or helicopter.

Ideal Destination For

  • Beach
  • Bucket List
  • Romance
  • Special Interest

Points of Interest


A tropical island located in the mesmerizingly beautiful azure waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago, Matemo offers vistas of white-sand beaches and palm trees, surrounded by the untouched waters of the protected area. Whether you are diving, snorkelling, fishing, or exploring unspoilt beaches, the serenity of the surrounds will never fail to delight you.


Medjumbe is a tiny island, only 800 m in length. The peace and solitude offer a romantic setting, in which one can discover the mangroves in a canoe, or snorkel and dive the untouched coral reefs. Exclusivity and privacy are the highlights of this tropical location with beaches and coves to be explored all across the island.


Ilha do Ibo, only accessible by fishing boat or by plane boasts a combination of intertwined traditions: Portuguese, Indian, Arabian and African. The lost-world-appeal island is one of the few inhabited islands, which lends a glimpse into the way of life for the past centuries.

While silversmiths are crafting jewellery, local fishermen cast their nets along the winding channels and mangrove lagoons and their families grow fresh produce.

The rich history of the island can be seen in the ruins on the island and they include three forts, a very old catholic church and numerous old buildings, all remnants of a fascinating past marked by piracy, ivory and the cruel slave trade.

Quilalea Island

Quilalea Island, completely uninhabited, apart from the staff members servicing the resort, provides sublime simplicity coupled with exclusivity and privacy in a protected marine sanctuary.

Unspoilt indigenous vegetation, old baobab groves, remarkable flora and fauna, and a pristine walk-in-from-the-beach reef are a nature enthusiast's dream.

Quirimbas Islands Activities

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