Quirimbas Archipelago 365

Having only become accessible in recent years, the Quirimbas Islands make up one of the most remote and untouched beach holiday destinations in the world. Off the coast of northern Mozambique, it comprises 27 coral islands and extends 250 kilometres along the coastline.

The 11 southernmost islands form a marine reserve, and part of Quirimbas National Park, which is known for coral reefs and waters inhabited by dolphins, humpback whales, whale sharks and endangered dugongs (sea cows). Ibo Island is probably the best known of the group, and in addition to the quintessential coastal staples of swaying coconut palms and powdery beaches, the mangrove-covered island offers a unique blend of culture and architecture (including colonial-era ruins and forts).

Unsurprisingly, scuba diving and snorkeling are highly recommended in the Quirimbas – the warm waters are home to colourful coral reefs and magnificent marine life. Other activities you can enjoy here are sailing, fishing excursions and sunset cruises on traditional dhows.