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Made up of 27 of the world’s most undiscovered islands, the Quirimbas Archipelago offers a vast range of diving opportunities.

Fringing the islands are some of the richest coral reefs in East Africa, with enormous drop-offs with strong currents, for the experienced diver, to sheltered tranquil coral gardens, perfect for beginners. the area is often visited by huge game fish, turtles, humpbacks and other cetaceans,

Undoubtedly the ‘Crowning Jewel’ in this string of islands, Ibo, recently nominated for world heritage status, was once a prosperous and important slave trading post and the provincial capital of Cabo Delgado. Grand, colonial administration buildings lined its streets and three majestic forts stood guard over the sea; this little mangrove, coral and palm-fringed island was a place of slaves, pirates, ivory and intrigue. Ibo Island has been described as one of the most romantic islands in the world.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: humpback whale, napoleon wrasse, common dolphin, green turtle, dugong

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Northern Islands

Northern Mozambique is one of the world’s last wildernesses and a great choice for those seeking remote luxury. The islands are home of the richest coral reefs in East Africa, with huge game fish, turtles and cetaceans.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,350 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Spice Islands of Zanzibar & Mozambique

Zanzibar and the archipelago of Quirimbas have a rich and colourful history with an equally rich and colourful marine environment. Diving opportunities range from sheltered tranquil coral gardens to enormous drop-offs.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Nuarro Lodge

Nuarro is an exceptional ‘beach & bush’ lodge based on a strong concept of ethical and ecotourism. Situated on the beautiful Baixo do Pinda Peninsula, it offers tropical private beaches, world-class diving and unspoilt bush.

Guludo Lodge

A true eco-lodge, this small property is situated on the best beach in the Quirimbas National Park. Swahili style bandas are just metres from the beach and offer a verandah, hammock, sun loungers and an open air bathroom.