Quirimbas Archipelago – Reasons to visit Mozambique

Quirimbas Archipelago

The most spectacular jewels in Mozambique’s marine crown rest in its Cabo Delgado Province, in the far north. The Quirimbas Archipelago (or ‘Ilhas Quirimbas’ as they’re known in Portuguese) are a beautiful string of islands, often fringed by gorgeous beaches, which lie about 2,500km from Maputo. This is an isolated and remote area, it’s probably the last stretch of East African coastline where the marine environments and beaches are ecologically pristine and largely unexplored.

Lying just offshore and stretching for 200km, the Quirimbas Archipelago consists of 12 major islands; about 20 smaller, coralline outcrops; and endless sand-bar beaches . As a safeguard for the future, The Quirimbas National Park protects a large part of the archipelago’s southern side.

Development here is still in its infancy; the beach lodges (they’re all smaller than what we’d normally think of as ‘beach resorts’) are all fairly new, and many of their staff are being trained up on the job. So if you want slick, first-world service and precise attention to detail – then these might not be for you. (Better look towards Zanzibar or the Bazaruto Archipelago, in Mozambique’s south, both of which have had years of practice with visitors!)

Barra Beach – Reasons to visit Mozambique

Praia da Barra Inhambane

Barra is a small community of diverse interests and backgrounds, but are brought together on the beaches around the bay as a tight knit family of people, making it the perfect holiday destination where you can kick off your shoes and become a part of the sand, the sea and the people that make Barra magic!

The village is close to Inhambane, the local markets, an airport and everything you may need during your stay.

Barra offers a wide variety of activities for the adventurous at heart, but also provides leisure activities ensuring that you return home feeling both rested and invigorated.

Area Attractions
  • Whale watching
  • Dolphin Watching
  • Horse riding
  • Quad trips
  • Coastal flights
  • Fishing
  • Spear Fishing
  • Dhow Trips
  • Pansy Island and Maxixe
  • Diving
  • Tofu research centre
  • Snorkeling

Bazaruto Archipelago – Reasons to visit Mozam

Bazaruto Archipelago

The idyllic islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique are known for their unspoilt beauty and diverse ecologies. The pristine coral reefs are home to more than 2000 fish species as well as whales and dolphins. Needless to say, the diving and snorkelling in the Bazaruto Marine National Park is superb and sought after by many travellers. Mozambique visitors who would just like to get away from it all will find Bazaruto just the place to relax, sip cocktails and indulge in a delicious seafood beach dinner or perhaps sail away on a dhow for a castaway picnic!

There are actually 6 islands within the Bazaruto Archipelago which lie just off the mainland between Vilanculos and Inhassoro. The largest island is Bazaruto, then Benguerra, Margaruque, Santa Carolina (Paradise Island), Banque and Pansy Shell Island.
Our favourite accommodation in the Bazaruto Archipelago includes Anantara Bazaruto Island ResortAzura Benguerra Island and Benguerra Island Lodge. The unique eco-system of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique sustains diverse fauna and flora. Visitors exploring the islands will find huge dunes, forest and savannah, inland lakes and wetlands.