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Why You'll love Diving in Northern Mozambique!

  • A delightful eco-holiday destination with warm azure waters, untouched coral reefs and white sandy beaches
  • An astounding diversity of marine species including dolphins, turtles and even humpback whales
  • Unexplored reefs and untouched diving destinations

Diving Holidays In Northern Mozambique

The northerly town of Pemba, which is situated at the mouth of a large bay of the same name, is the getaway to the islands of Northern Mozambique. Pemba Bay is considered to be the world largest inland bay and it is 375 sq km in size with beautiful blue water that is uniformly 24 metres deep.

There has never been much trading activity at Pemba with the result that there is not much industry at Pemba and this has proved beneficial as the natural beauty has been kept and the magnificent beaches are not polluted.

In this remote corner of the world you can expect secluded islands, a rich underwater world, crystal clear water, interesting cultural and historical sites and amazing fresh seafood. It's a relatively unexplored destination with a scenic beauty that is akin to that of an undiscovered and undeveloped Maldives.

The Quirimbas archipelago lies to the north of Pemba, running up to the Tanzanian border, and is home to a variety of exclusive, hard to reach luxury holiday resorts - and that is part of the charm. These romantic beach resorts offer a hidden escape that few places in the world could possibly hope to achieve. You can expect well run, service orientated establishments where your ever whim is catered for and empty stretches of beach for you to enjoy all to yourself are not hard to find.

And when you are done lazing around with a good book next to your own private plunge pool you can enjoy amazing scuba diving experiences, peaceful dhow cruises, or visits to the historical sites and Portuguese villas of Ibo Island.

Combine your luxurious getaway to Northern Mozambique with a fantastic safari experience for the best bush and beach holiday money can buy.

Diving Northern Mozambique

The small coastal city of Pemba, in Mozambique's northernmost province, is the launchpad to diving the Quirimbas Archipelago. The Quirimbas Archipelago is a largely unexplored chain islands along the Northern Mozambique coast. This delightful eco-holiday destination offers warm azure waters, untouched coral reefs, white sandy beaches, wildlife and historical significance.

The northern Mozambican coastline around Pemba boasts an astounding diversity of marine species, such as Moray Eels, Stingrays, Barracuda, Kingfish and other pelagic gamefish. Dolphins are frequently encountered, and Leatherback, Loggerhead and Green turtles are often seen in the water, whilst humpback whales can be sighted offshore between August and October.

The reefs are fairly unexplored and the diving is unexpected. Around the outer edges of the massive bay are small cliff walls, lush mangroves and beautiful white sand beaches that lead to prolific, small reefs consisting of hard corals and masses of small fish.

The onsite dive centres at your hotel, the closeness of the continental shelf and undiscovered sites make Northern Mozambique a perfect diving location.

Most dives are shallow but there are a variety of sites and even some incredible muck diving if you head inside the bay and past the shipping port.

How To Get There

There are daily flights from Johannesburg International Airport and Maputo to Pemba as well as regular flights per week from Dar Es Salam and Nairobi. To get to your island hotel a helicopter or seaplane transfer is necessary while a trip here is easily combinable with a visit to the islands of Southern Mozambique or a fantastic African safari. Be sure to speak to one of our travel experts who have visited the region and give you the best advice for your diving holiday.

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If we had to sum Azura Quilalea up in one word - 'paradise' would really be it. From flying in via helicopter over crystal waters and sandy beaches, to meandering your way through the middle of the island down quiet, shady paths admiring the beautiful baobab trees. The villas are beautiful and facilities superb - the diving equipment was spotless! Everyone that worked there was friendly, helpful and went out of their way to make it special for us. And the food! As a seafood fan, I will never again be able to face UK seafood after all the wonderful meals we had. Probably the first and last time I have lobster for breakfast!


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