Quilalea Island is one of the southernmost islands in the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago. Along with its sister island Sencar; it is one of the few properties in the entire archipelago to lie within a fully protected marine reserve, ensuring an abundance of marine life. The island is covered in indigenous vegetation, with statuesque age old baobab groves and stunning flora and fauna. Quilalea is a real nature lover’s paradise. Snorkelling is accessible off the beaches and most of the island. Experience a spectacular house reef for diving, just a short kick away from the main beach, patrolled by potato bass and schools of hunting jacks. The beautiful turtle beach is home to dozens of nesting turtles and is an excellent spot for a private picnic lunch.
The Quirimbas Archipelago, a cultural and natural heritage in northern Mozambique, consists of 31 islands stretching south from Cape Delgado for approximately 200 miles. These islands, running along the coast, are partly linked to the coast by sand bars, coral reefs, mangroves and water rich in marine life. Of special interest are the Islands of Ibo, and to a less extent, Quisiva and Matemo, that are old Portuguese settlements with pre-colonial Swahili settlements. The site is an outstanding illustration of the phases of a particular culture that brought together and homogenized disparate elements of the cultures of Africa, the Arab region, India, and Europe over more than a millennium.