Deep in the northern reaches of Mozambique, the Quirimbas Archipelago is one of the world's most remote beach destinations. It's certainly more off the beaten track than its southern neighbour Bazaruto and that is precisely why we love it. The white sand beaches are silky and unspoilt, the tropical waters are crystal clear and palm trees peer out onto the horizon. It's a vision of paradise.
The archipelago contains a collection of over 30 islands off the coast of Pemba. These islands stretch for over 250km from Ilha Tecomaji in the north to Ilha Mefunvo in the south. They really do offer a Robinson Crusoe style secluded getaway - tourists are few and far between and you have beaches of indescribable beauty all to yourself. Pemba itself is a historic town in a scenic setting - nicknamed Mozambique's papaya paradise. It's a little run down, but is the gateway to the Islands. The best place to stay in Pemba is the Avani Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa.
Ibo Island Lodge, Vamizi Island, Matemo Island Resort and Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa are our favourite island lodges in the Archipelago. Certain lodges are ideal for romantic trips while others are ideal for the whole family. Some islands can be reached by boat, but in general you will take a short flight from Pemba to the inidividual islands or from island to island. Ibo is closest - about 15 minutes from Pemba, while Vamizi is farthest - about a 50 minute flight from Pemba.
NB: You can combine a trip to the Quirimbas with a safari in the Kruger Park or East Africa - Get free, no-obligation advice For more information about the Quirimbas Archipelago, read our blog: Discovering the Quirimbas.