The Quirimbas Archipelago stretches from Pemba to the Rovuma River, which forms a border between Tanzania and Mozambique. The archipelago encompasses 32 tropical, coral islands and has an enormous cultural and historical value, influenced by Arabian, Portuguese and African cultures. This scattering of islands encapsulates all you can dream of magnificent beaches, friendly islanders, coral reefs, abundant marine and bird life and crumbling colonial towns.
The Quirimbas Archipelago has never been developed and remains an unspoilt tourist paradise. This area has started to become known as the African Caribbean, so come and make the discovery before it becomes as popular.
Established 10 years ago, the park protects 750,639 hectares of coastal forest, mangroves and coral reefs and the region was isolated for decades during the Mozambique civil war. On land, there are healthy populations of elephants, lions, leopards, crocodiles and even wild dog and the wide variety of habitats including mountains, forests, woodland, savannah, mangroves, beaches, coral reefs and seagrass beds.
The park contains a rich variety of marine life including sea turtles, whales, sharks, dugongs and many species of fish. In fact three hundred and seventy-five species of fish have been identified, including threatened pipefish and seahorses. It is a breeding ground for marine turtles as well as numerous reef fishes.
The archipelago is also an excellent destination for bird lovers, with more than 350 bird species.