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Quilalea Private Island, Mozambique
- Luxury Private Island Resort, Luxury Romantic Villas and Luxury Eco/Green Villa.
- It is the only island in Mozambique with a house reef, accessible directly from the main beach, making it a fabulous destination for snorkelers, scuba divers and lovers of marine life.
- In keeping with the uninhabited nature of the island, the retreat consists of only nine villas.
Facilities includeWiFi Luxury Spa Private Dive Centre Scuba Diving and Courses Daily Laundry
- Luxury Spa
- Dhow Cruises
- Sea Kayaking
- Island Hopping
- Cultural Visits
- Deep Sea Fishing
- Mangrove Kayaking
- Exceptional Diving
- Off Beach Snorkelling
Seasons in Mozambique
About Azura Quilalea
Set in the waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago marine sanctuary Azura Quilalea Private Island is a sanctuary, somewhere to retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. There is a variety of island activities to partake in such as snorkel the islands own house reef, accessible directly from the main beach, kayak the mangroves or relax beneath the giant baobabs. Azura Quilalea has nine seafront villas each finished uniquely with natural furnishings each with a private deck stretching out over the beach and several daybeds and sun loungers for guests to enjoy. Quilaleaâs restaurant and lounge are housed on the northernmost tip of the island and boast tremendous sea views on both sides making for a perfect sundowner spot to relax from the days activities, for something more intimate private beach dinners can be arranged.
In short this Private Island paradise is a must visit in Mozambique for any ocean lovers ideal holiday retreat.
Quilalea Island is one of the Southernmost islands in the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago, 30 nautical miles North of Pemba. It has one of only a few safe deep-water moorings in the area, where the Portuguese and Arab traders traditionally found sanctuary for their dhows. 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 approximately 86 acres (35 hectares) in size and apart from Azura at Quilalea staff and guests, it is completely uninhabited.
The island is covered in indigenous vegetation, with statuesque age old baobab groves and stunning flora and fauna, a real nature lowers paradise. There are four large sandy beaches on the island, the villas are spread along two of them, the main beach always has boat access, and remote and beautiful turtle beach is home to dozens of nesting turtles and is an excellent spot for a private picnic lunch.
It's just as amazing below the sea, with snorkelling accessible off the beaches and around most of the island, patrolled by huge potato bass and schools of hunting jacks, and a spectacular house reef for diving just a short fin kick away from the main beach. This is paradise for lovers of marine life and marine experiences.
How to get there
We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.
Guests can arrive at Azura Quilalea Private Island via several flights to Pemba in Mozambique, from Johannesburg, Dar es Salaam and Nairobi.
From Pemba Airport - it is a 25-minute helicopter flight along the stunning Mozambique coastline and over the islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago to the helipad at Azura at Quilalea Private Island.
From Dar es Salaam, Coastal Airlines flies daily to Pemba. Please note this flight is a scheduled flight every Saturday, and can be booked on charter basis every other day of the week.
The helicopter is operated by Archipelago Charters. In the event it’s not available for any reason, an alternative transfer will be arranged by fixed wing aircraft to/from Quirimba Island by Azura, with the normal boat connection Quilalea-Quirimba.
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
Rainy season: ‘Mango Rains’ commence in late October, bringing occasional light showers.
January – March are hot and humid months, where temperatures often hit 35 degrees+, with tropical rainbursts, most often in the late afternoons or overnight bringing welcome relief from the heat.
April to October are normally hot and dry months.
Weather patterns globally are changing, and rains in the past couple of years have become more unpredictable, with the rainy season having become shorter and later most recently. This is however no predictor of future weather patterns.
The water temperature is warm year round and ranges from 28-32 degrees +.
Turtles – year round
Turtle Nesting Season - October to April
Humpback whales - mid July to mid October
Dolphins - year round
Travelling with children
Children under the age of 3 pay $50 per night (a maximum of 1 extra child sharing with 2 adults per room in all cases).
Children 3-6 years sharing bedroom with 2 adults pay 35% adult rate.
Children 7-16 years sharing bedroom with 2 adults pay 50% adult rate.
Children 9-16 years in their own villa pay 90% adult rate (min 2).
Children 17 years and over are considered as adults and will pay full adult price.
Children are welcome in the Kaskazi and Kusi Villas at Azura at Quilalea, and the marine paradise offers numerous possibilities for children and families.
Guest privacy is asked to always be respected, and younger children may be asked to dine earlier or in villa.
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- We will create the best experience possible at a truly transparent price.