Welcome to Quirimbas Archipelago

Hidden like pirate treasure off Mozambique’s north coast, the islands of the Quirimbas archipelago conceal a multitude of secrets, from the brilliant coral reefs of Medjumbe to the ancient baobab trees of Quilaluia. But none of the 31 islands can equal mysterious Ibo, the archipelago’s de facto capital. Haunted by a tumultuous history, and now a bubbling blend of Portuguese, Swahili, Indian and African cultures, Ibo feels as though it fell into a stupor in the 1850s and has yet to awaken.

Elsewhere the Quirimbas are as much about natural beauty as history. Their soft white beaches, dotted with low-key, high-end resorts, are rightly legendary, while the bird and marine life, which can be seen on tranquil diving or walking excursions, is immense.

Today many of the southern islands, including Ibo and Matemo, are part of Quirimbas National Park, which also includes large inland areas on the fringing coastline.

Our preferred beach hotels

Collection of properties in Quirimbas

Quilálea Island

Quilálea Island

Azura Quilalea is a hidden gem, somewhere to retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life, with a relaxed and understated ‘Robinson Crusoe’ castaway style that belies the comforts and experiences on offer in the 9 handcrafted seafront villas. A wholly uninhabited island paradise.

Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island

Set among the Quirimbas Archipelago, in a marine conservation area off the coast of northern Mozambique, the idyllic coral island of andBeyond Vamizi is blessed with a tropical climate and offers immaculate powder-soft beaches that rival those of the Maldives. Perfect for families or groups.

Medjumbe Island

Medjumbe Island

The ultimate tropical island, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa’s 12 Beach Villas blend into the natural environment and front onto dazzlingly white sands and a translucent sea. Each thatched Beach Villa offers air-conditioned luxury and a private plunge pool, designed to provide privacy.