Quirimbas Islands

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The Quirimbas Islands are a national park in Northern Mozambique.


The island chain has up to 30 islands, stretching from Pemba in the south to the town of Palma in the north. They are one of the world’s best fishing and diving destinations, with phenomenal vertical drop-offs, some up to 400 meters. The southern islands include an expanse of forests in the Quirimbas National Park.


Islands include:

  • Ibo Island, boasting intriguing historical and fascinating sites. Since 1761 it was used as a springboard for trading in slaves and ivory. Now a colonial ghost town, with the island featuring mangroves, coral and palms.
  • Matemo Island 100km north of Pemba and approximately 2400 hectares in size. It has palm groves, palm vegetation and pristine beaches and well as two indigenous villages. The island features the upmarket Matemo Island Resort, offering 24 chalets, a restaurant, bar, a pool and kilometers of beaches. Each chalet is said to be within 10 meters of the beach and has a large verandah with a hammock. The resort offers flights to and from Pemba, included in the price of accommodation. Prices for bed in a standard double room and breakfast, per person sharing, range from US$288 to US$346 (info: 2006). Tel. Johannesburg reservations +27-11-465-6904, Maputo reservations +258-1-303-618, resort itself +258-21-71-5000/1/2; email medjumbe@raniresorts.com, [1]
  • Medjumbe Island Resort, offering 13 beach cabins only meters from the shore line, intimate and quiet. Tel. Johannesburg reservations +27-11-465-6904, Maputo reservations +258-1-303-618, resort itself +258-21-71-5200/1; email medjumbe@raniresorts.com, [2]
  • Quilalea Island, Tel. +258-272-21808, mobile +258-82-326-3900, email Quirimbas@plexusmoz.com, [3]
  • Vamizi, Rongui or Macoloe Islands, for luxurious eco-tourism which helps develop local communities. Contact Maluane at tel. +258-272-21299, mobile +258-82-347-8560, email reservations@maluane.com, [4]



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  • Guludo Beach LodgeGuludo, Quirimbas National Park +44 20 7127-4727, +258826815570. Guludo Beach Lodge is situated on a 12 km white sand beach on the coast in the Quirimbas National Park within the Quirimbas Archipelago, about 250 km north of Pemba in the Northern Mozambique. They've won awards for their architectural design and guests can sleep in 1 of 9 private bandas which are directly on the sea.

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