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Travel suggestions

A.elle\’s advice

The Quirimbas islands – Mozambico

Located in front of the northern coast of Mozambico, a hundred kilometers off Pemba, the wonderful Qurimbas archipelago includes 27 small islands, surrounded by magnificent and still intact coral reefs.
The months between March and December are the best ones to visit the archipelago – particularly, June, July and August are the driest months, and the risk of rainfalls is very low.

The most renowned among the Quirimbas Island are the historic Ibo, right at the centre of the archipelago, Quirimbas, where a banana plantation hosts a landing field, Medjumbe, the beautiful Vamizi and the wonderful Quilalea – and indeed it’s the latter I’d like to talk about.

We take off on a small tourism plane from Pemba, and land in Quirimbas after a 20-minutes flight. Our trip continues by boat, and we reach Quilalea in 20 minutes more – here we’re warmly welcomed by Kelly e Mark, the nice owners of the island’s only resort: Azura at Quilalea.
The structure consists of 9 large, wonderful and stylishly furnished bungalows, placed at short distance from the sea. Considering the fact that it takes a 45-minutes walk to circumnavigate the island, one can imagine the space each guest can carve out for himself.

Both the cuisine and the service are impeccable: each bungalow is served by a butler, who sets the table in different places around the island – hence the impression of being the only guests in Quilalea.
Nature plays a leading role on the island. The wonderful coral reef is as beautiful as the Maldivean ones – plus, corals are alive and multicoloured in Quilalea.
Thanks to the presence of a large variety of fish (the Quirimbas Islands host 375 different species), snorkeling is no less than a marvelous underwater journey, with more than a chance to even bump into sea turtles, which usually spawn on the island.
Boat trips to see dolphins and whales – which come to Quilalea to give birth to their babies between June and October – are definitely worth mentioning. Sometimes breakfast may be interrupted when Kelly and Mark spot some cetaceans near the island, and the diving staff soon prepare the boat to approach them.

In such a heavenly setting, scuba diving is another favourite, thanks also to the highly-professional instructors of the resort’s diving centre.
Last but not least, the island also hosts different, multicoloured bird species.
In a few words, a earthly paradise – for good.