The Quirimbas Archipelago is a string of 32 islands that stretch for one hundred kilometres. The Quirimbas National Park which is made up of eleven of the southernmost islands, as well as a large portion of the mainland forest, is the first in the world to be established at the request of an area’s inhabitants. With its unique location, combining a safari bush break with tropical islands makes for an idyllic holiday setting.
The archipelago is virtually unknown to the outside world and the people of the islands go about their daily business with activities that have sustained the lives of the inhabitants for over a thousand years. Local fisherman cast their nets and lines along hundreds of kilometres of winding channels and mangrove lagoons from Arab style dhows which are hand-hewn from trees.
Largely untouched by development means that the reefs are bustling with vast marine life; including parrotfish, cave bass, red snapper, large schools of feeding barracuda and pods of dolphins and humpbacked whales in season. The clear blue of the ocean and warm water temperatures allow snorkelers and diving enthusiasts to see all the coral reef species typical of the Indian Ocean region.
Whether you are in search of a family getaway, romantic honeymoon or a trip with your friends, the Quirimba Islands have an abundance of activities and options available. Known as the African Caribbean, and hailed as the new Mauritius, the Quirimbas is on the fast track to becoming Africa’s top Island destination.