Azura Quilalea Private Island: a haven for diving and fishing
A unique side to the Quirimbas islands
Sales & Marketing Manager for Azura Retreats
03 Jul 2018
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The islands of Mozambique owe their unspoilt reefs and rich marine life to the Quirimbas Archipelago National Park, which stretches along the north-east coast of the country. The reefs that lie within the marine sanctuary offer some of the best diving in the world for scuba enthusiasts, while keen fishermen can look forward to the fishing mecca that lies outside of the protected areas.
Imagine an ocean churning with Giant Trevally (which often tip the scales at over 25kg), Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Dorado and Barracuda and you have what many would consider an angler’s dream. Although fishing takes place outside of the protected marine areas, a strict catch-and-release policy is enforced to conserve the bountiful resources of this area. Fishing is available all year round and with its temperate weather and tropical feel, the conditions are ideal for an extended family vacation.
The variety of reefs in Mozambique will suit both novice and experienced divers. The area is home to green and hawksbill turtles, reef fish such as puffers, Moorish idols, parrot fish, clown fish and trigger fish, as well as hard and soft corals. Between July and October humpback whales pass through on their way to cooler waters.
When it comes to selecting a base from which to explore this marine paradise, there are some reasons why Azura Quilalea Private Island stands out. For scuba divers, it’s the fact that you can dive right off the main beach. The house reef off the main beach contains an array of reef fish and colourful corals. With a total of 17 dive sites, a full range of high-quality dive equipment and a dedicated dive centre that offers a range of courses (including the popular Bubblemaker for kids and refresher courses) it has plenty to offer divers of all abilities.
Likewise, fishermen can look forward to making use of a full range of top end rods and reels and using either a 31ft mono hull with enough deck space for up to four anglers, or a 23ft Novacraft fitted with outriggers.
With only nine villas, Azura Quilalea Private Island is a haven of tranquillity where you can indulge your passion for the ocean in comfort and style.