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Welcome to Quirimbas Islands

Quirimbas Islands

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 and world-class diving sites, but some truly fascinating cultural sights as well. Easily accessed from Pemba, the Quirimbas Islands should be one of the first destinations on any tourist's Mozambique travel itinerary. Whether you choose to go diving or snorkelling from one of the 1,300-foot (400m) drop-off sites sprinkled around the archipelago, or you choose to hide away from the world in a wooden chalet on the resort-island of Medjumbe; whether you decide to go exploring around historic Stone Town on Ibo Island or you choose to head to the mangrove-fringed Quirimbas National Park, 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 one of the surest bets for an unforgettable beach holiday you'll find anywhere in the world.

Information & Facts

Portuguese is the official language, and there are 13 main national languages spoken. English is taught in secondary schools, but is only spoken in the southern tourist regions.

The official currency is the New Metical (MZN), which is divided into 100 centavos. In the southern parts of the country, South African Rand, US Dollars and Pounds Sterling are also accepted to pay for accommodation. Credit cards are accepted in some upmarket hotels in Maputo, but facilities throughout the rest of the country are limited; it is advisable to carry cash or travellers cheques. ATMs are limited and tend to be unreliable, but local banks have branches in most cities.

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