Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas

Northern Mozambique is an undiscovered gem, well off the beaten tourist track, a haven of uninhabited islands, private lodges and tiny villages where customs and the way of life have remained unchanged for centuries.  Pemba, with its rich colonial past, is the gateway to the idyllic Quirimbas Archipelago islands.

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.

The quality of Northern Mozambique’s snorkelling and diving is the major draw card.  The area is widely acknowledged as offering some of the world’s best dive sites and along with its mangrove, sea grasses, sandy and rocky shores habitats it provides an important feeding area for turtle, crab plovers and migratory birds. Whales, bottlenose and humpback dolphins breed there too.

Why we like it

  • Picture postcard beaches
  • Underwater paradise
  • Fascinating, historical sites
  • Specatcular coral reefs
  • Unspoilt, remote, peaceful
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Top Pick - Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas

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