Coconut palms, powder white beaches

Seclusion, a laidback rhythm of life, a rich marine world and crystal clear waters are just some of the draw cards of a Quirimbas island holiday. The archipelago is made up of 32 coral islands strung along Mozambique's northern coast, from Pemba to the Tanzanian border. Many are uninhabited, and Quirimbas accommodation is limited to a handful of luxurious lodges and romantic beach bungalows, so it's easy to find an empty stretch of beach or virgin reef all to yourself. Coconut palms and powder-white beaches line small private islands like Medjumbe, Vamizi and Quilalea. Add to this bucketfuls of luxury and a fantastic range of activities - from thrilling scuba-diving to peaceful dhow cruises - and you're looking at the perfect off-the-beaten track escape.

Ibo Island is probably the most visited of the islands due to its unique blend of culture and architecture, and fascinating history. Previously inaccessible, the magical world of the Quirimbas Archipelago has opened up thanks to improved infrastructure and increased flight access.   A Quirimbas island holiday is perfect for honeymooners, water sport enthusiasts, avid divers, groups of family or friends or those of you seeking a bit of solitude and the chance to soak up some sun in a tropical paradise. It is the perfect add on to a safari holiday, giving you the chance to escape from it all. Spend long lazy days strolling along deserted beaches, feasting on delicious seafood, exploring colourful reefs and relishing the luxury and exclusivity of your accommodation. Choose between colonial villas or romantic, thatched chalets right on the water's edge. Only a handful of the Quirimbas islands have been set up for tourism, and the archipelago remains one of the last undeveloped jewels in Africa.

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