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Quirimbas Archipelago

The Quirimbas Archipelago is in our view Africa's finest beach destination. Logistically this area is somewhat tricky to get to (unless you stay at Vamizi) - but its very remoteness has preserved and protected it, and consequently the rewards for the pilgrimage are simply outstanding.  The Quirimbas islands are virtually uninhabited and the beaches and reefs completely untouched.  Each island has just one lodge, resulting in levels of exclusivity and privacy that are virtually unheard of in Africa nowadays.  We cannot offer high enough praise.  
The Quirimbas Archipelago consists of a chain of 32 islands rising up from the depths of the Indian Ocean and stretching from the coastal town of Pemba almost 400km up to Mozambique’s northern border with Tanzania.
 
The region boasts a remarkable diversity of wildlife: whales abound in the deep diving channels, turtles breed on isolated sand banks and African fish eagles constantly scan the mangrove swamps. In contrast to the southern islands of Bazaruto, many of the islands are formed from rugged coral with intermittent stretches of golden beach, creating a dramatic and fascinating landscape.

The Maluane Project which oversees the region is potentially one of the most exciting tourism and environmental projects in the world today.  So far the focus has been on their flagship Vamizi with its miles of immaculate sand, but within the next 10 years the intention is to develop the neighbouring islands and mainland coast. We watch and wait with great interest.

Quirimbas Archipelago: where to stay


There are only a few lodges on these islands, but there are a couple that are truly sublime.

The most famous is Vamizi, which offers stunning barefoot luxury and is certainly one of the top two beach lodges in the whole of Africa. Just ten rooms sit on a georgeous untouched beach, surrounded by some of the world's best dive sites.

Further south is the simple and eco-friendly Guludo. At a third of the price of Vamizi, Guludo caters for a different market and here the focus is on the local community and conservation. Although the beach is good, this isn't really a beach destination - it feels more like a safari camp on the beach. However the diving here is great.

Rani Resorts run two lodges, Matemo which is superb for families, and Medjumbe which is better suited to honeymooners.  The smallest lodge in the region is 6-roomed Londo, a privately-run and friendly lodge on the mainland coast which offers great value for money. Finally, Ibo Island Lodge is based around the village of a colonised fort - this is a cultural option and not a stand-alone beach destination.

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Vamizi: Vamizi, impossible to leave. Absolutely incredible. recommend it highly enough. Staff, diving, food, accommodation all fantastic. We just want to go back.
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