On arrival at Mozambique Airport, you will go through customs and immigration then you will be transferred by light aircraft and / or by boat to your accommodation destination on the Quirimbas Archipelago.
Day 2 – 4
Days at leisure. A wide range of watersports, scuba diving, fishing, as well as excursions to various spots, and boat trips to neighbouring islands are offered.
Snorkeling and scuba diving in water temperatures ranging between 24 and 28 degrees Celsius, canoeing and bird and whale watching in season. For an additional charge deep-sea sport fishing and diving instruction is available. All equipment is provided. Day visits to historic Ibo Island and cultural tours can be arranged.
After breakfast you are transferred back to the mainland for your flight from Pemba to Johannesburg where the tour ends.
Return airport transfers in Pemba
Return transfer by light aircraft (or helicopter) between Pemba & Island
Four nights accommodation on full board basis
House wines, local brand spirits & beer, bottled water, tea-coffee, soft drinks & laundry
A complimentary sunset cruise
All non-motorised watersports
Mozambique Sales tax.
Rates not valid for Peak Period around Easter.
Items of a presonal nature.
Visas; Mozambique Departure taxes (US $ 28.00 pp); Marine Sanctuary Fees (US$ 25.00pp); beverages; additional activities, excursions. etc.
Quirimbas Archipelago also know as Querimbas is located in Cabo Delgado Province, Northern Mozambique, the archipelago has 32 coral islands, which are the richest corals in the world, they providing breath-taking views of the abundant marine life that Mozambique has to offer.
The Quirimbas Islands lay in the Indian Ocean off northeastern Mozambique, close to Pemba the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado. The archipelago consists of about 27 islands, includingIbo,Matemo, Quilalea, , Quirimba, Quisiva and Rolas Island.
Originally the islands’ population grew around Arab trading posts and thrived under the Portuguese slave trade. Today, many of the islands are uninhabited. These islands are known for their high quality diving sites, some of which are up to 400 meters.
Quirimbas Archipelago can be visited year round as the climate is tropical humid, rainfall is a bit unpredictable, with the main attractions being diving, snorkeling, fishing and visiting ruins on Ibo Island. The southernmost 11 of these coral islands and a vast expanse of mainland forest are included in the Quirimbas National Park – a conservation effort to preserve and protect the area covering 1 500 square km marine area.. These 11 coral islands stretch for 100km.
Ibo Island is the most commonly visited in the Quirimbas Archipelago due to its fascinating history and beautiful old buildings. Lying to the north of Quirimba, historic Ibo Island was where Vasco da Gama rested in 1502. In later years, Ibo became a major trading centre for ivory and slaves. Probably the most compelling attraction in the Quirimbas, Ibo’s 200-year-old ghost town and 16th Century forts make for a fascinating journey to an era long forgotten.
The three forts, a cathedral, and numerous palatial homes once graced the town. The main fort overlooks the entrance to the harbour and was built to protect Portuguese Mozambique from the French Comores to the east. It is constructed in the form of a pentagon. Only three other pentagonal forts remain, one each in Mombasa, in Cape Town, and in Maputo.
Another interesting place to visit while in the Quirimbas Archipelago Area is the Quilalea Sanctuary, found off the beach at Quilálea Island. On the Quilaea Island is the Quilalea Sanctuary which was the first marine protected area in the Quirimbas Archipelago, an area considered by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) to be of worldwide importance for conservation.
Options of accommodation on different islands in the Quirimbas Archipelago are on offer
Matemo Island Resort:
This 24 Thatched bungalows line a beautiful stretch of beach around the northern tip of a private island. is ideal for family leisure as well as fishing & diving enthusiasts. A full range of water sports and island activities are offered.
Medjumbe Private Island Resort: is a romantic and exclusive getaway on a tiny island, less than 1km in length. Palm-thatched beach chalets are luxuriantly furnished, and each has a private plunge pool with ocean views.
Its also an intimate, highly exclusive resort on a special, tiny island in the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago. For dedicated diving enthusiasts as well as those seeking a secluded island sanctuary, Medjumbe Island Resort with just 13 luxury chalets will provide a private island haven unique to Africa and perfect for those romantic getaways.
Children under 12 years are not allowed in this Island.
No vaccinations are required when visiting Mozambique. However, as a precaution, Malaria Prophylaxis is recomended. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist. We recommend you always drink bottled water. Please bring along the following personal medication: Insect repellent, suntan etc
Please note: Direct flights to Pemba On Tuesday and Saturdays with Airlink. Flights via Maputo with LAM on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.