And after spending some quality time in the bush at nearby Niassa, there is no better place to kick off your shoes than at Mozambique’s largest marine sanctuary.
The Quirimbas Archipelago islands are situated off the coast of northern Mozambique and consist of a pearl necklace of 34 coral islands that each offer something unique. From baobabs and wildlife on Quilálea to the underwater nudibranchs off Azura, this natural heritage finds more than enough ways to amaze its visitors, and many of the islands still remain uninhabited. For those who are interested in a cultural experience, the crumbling Portuguese ruins of Ibo Island will provide their fix, while scuba divers can revel in the phenomenal drop-offs and diverse coral species below the surface of the crystal waters.
FUN FACT: The islands are known for making a big impact on visitors while having very little impact on the land. Leaving only footprints in the sand, the archipelago's lodges strive to work closely with local communities to ensure that everyone benefits from the island's offerings.
WHEN TO GO: May to September may be winter in the southern hemisphere, but it is still arguably the best time to enjoy this area.
WHERE TO STAY: If you have a penchant for luxury, lap up every second at Vamizi Island Villas on the white sand beaches of Vamizi Island. Or really treat yourself and indulge in a few nights at the exclusive Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort. Go on, you deserve it!