Largely unknown and mostly unexplored, the islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago are fast becoming the best reason to enjoy a trip to Mozambique. Consisting of a chain of 32 islands rising up from the deep blue depths of the Indian Ocean and stretching from the coastal town of Pemba up to Mozambique’s northern border with Tanzania, the archipelago offers visitors an untouched vision of paradise.
The southernmost 11 of the islands of the archipelago comprise the Quirimbas National Park, a conservation effort to preserve and protect the area and its inhabitants. Home to a colourful spectrum of wildlife both on land and surrounding its pristine coral reefs, the archipelago is regarded as a conservational treasure. Whales fill the deeper channels in season, turtles breed on isolated sand banks and African Fish eagles sweep over the mangrove swamps. A wildly diverse marine sanctuary, the archipelago is renowned for its incredible diving spots and deep, clear waters, teeming with spectacular sea life. All of which adds up to yet another excellent reason to visit Africa.