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Divers seeking remote luxury should look no further than Northern Mozambique, one of the world’s last wildernesses.

The recently established Quirimbas National Park is a true example of bush meeting beach, with elephant browsing mango trees just metres from the Indian Ocean and, further inland, four out of the ‘Big Five’ roaming.

Fringing the archipelago are some of the richest coral reefs in East Africa, often visited by huge game fish, turtles, humpbacks and other cetaceans. They offer a vast range of diving opportunities from enormous drop-offs with strong currents, for the experienced diver, to sheltered tranquil coral gardens, perfect for beginners.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Dar es Salaam

  2. Day 2: Onward flight to Pemba and transfer to resort

    Onward flight to Pemba, then transfer to your chosen lodge by light aircraft for a seven night stay 

    Medjumbe Island Resort
    Medjumbe is a small, mystical island, just one kilometre long and 500 metres in width, close to the world famous St. Lazarus Banks. This intimate resort caters for discerning island, leisure seekers as well as dedicated divers and offers 12 luxury, en-suite rooms, with air-conditioning and mini-bar. Traditional Mozambique architecture adds texture and intrigue and each chalet overlooks the sea. Facilities include bar and restaurant, swimming pool, and dive centre. Located in a marine reserve where the diving wall is less than one kilometre offshore and extends up to seven kilometres, Medjumbe is a diver’s paradise!

    Quilalea
    Accommodation at Quilalea is a haven of secluded luxury. Guests stay in nine large, ‘island villas’, each with enormous windows to better appreciate sea views and breezes. Natural rock walls, makuti thatch and colonial ceiling fans keep you cool by day, while a king-size bed draped in a romantic net completes the African/Arabian luxury. At the north end of the island is the restaurant, set on a peninsula and offering fabulous ocean views to both the west and the east. Amongst activities available on Quilalea is to charter the Kiraku, an 11 metre yacht, and to sail around the Quirimbas - either for a few hours, the day or stay for a few nights on a diving package.

  3. Day 9: Depart Pemba

  4. Day 10: Arrive UK

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 10 days from £4,350 pp
  • When to go: Jan-Dec: Daily throughout the year
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Transfers
    • Full board meal plan
    • 10 dive pack
    • Tanks and weights
Featured location:

Quirimbas Archipelago

The Quirimbas archipelago comprises 27 of the world’s most undiscovered islands, remaining virtually untouched as a diving destination. Fringing them are some of the richest coral reefs in East Africa, often visited by huge game fish, turtles, humpbacks and other cetaceans.

  • Ideal for viewing: humpback whale, napoleon wrasse, common dolphin, green turtle, dugong
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Luxury diving, Snorkelling
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.