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Quirimbas Islands

Quirimbas Islands © Rosino
Quirimbas Islands © Rosino

Soon to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Quirimbas Archipelago is fast becoming Mozambique's new tourist hotspot. This island chain - 31 in total, stretching south from Cape Delgado for 200 miles (320km) - is not only home to some fantastic sun-soaked beaches, incredible fishing opportunities, and world-class snorkelling and diving sites, but some truly fascinating cultural sites as well.

Easily accessed from Pemba, the Quirimbas Islands should be one of the first destinations on any tourist's Mozambique travel itinerary. Visitors can explore the historic Stone Town on Ibo Island, or the mangrove-fringed Quirimbas National Park, or go diving from one of the 1,300-foot (400m) drop-off sites sprinkled around the archipelago. The fishing and scuba diving are extremely rewarding, and the islands make a wonderful honeymoon destination. Whether you choose to hide away from the world in a wooden chalet on the resort-island of Medjumbe, or rent a villa on the ultra-exclusive Vamizi Island, you are sure to leave this little corner of paradise vowing to return. Beautiful, exotic and full of exciting things to do, Mozambique's Quirimbas Islands are a sure bet for an unforgettable beach holiday to rival any in the world.