The essence of the experience
Boasting warm waters and lots of secluded stretches in between the islands, the Quirimbas are the ideal destination for a range of water sports, whether for complete novices or experienced adventurers. Depending on which island you are staying on, you can try your hand at a variety of activities, from kayaking to stand up paddle boarding, Hobie cat sailing or cruises aboard a traditional dhow, as well as swimming and snorkelling.
Ideal for those who want to explore the waters in relative comfort while also getting some exercise, a variety of kayaking options is available in the islands. At &Beyond Vamizi Island guests can choose from a selection of single or double kayaks and set off on either a guided or a solo kayaking adventure in the waters surrounding the island. The glassy waters offer the ideal place for beginners to practice and the island’s estuary and mangrove swamp provide plenty of attractions, from the tiny and colourful kingfishers to majestic green herons and fish eagles.
Kayaking enthusiasts looking for a longer adventure can opt for a fully guided island hopping kayak safari that lasts three to four days. Followed by a fully staffed traditional dhow, guests have the opportunity to paddle between the idyllic islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago at their own pace. Starting at Ibo Island, these expeditions allow travellers to live aboard the yacht while using the kayaks to explore at whim. Paddle quietly down secluded river mouths, explore pristine mangrove estuaries and discovery untouched island bays. Enjoy the company of dolphins, which frequently swim alongside kayakers, or spot whales breaching in the distance. Retreat to the sanctuary of the dhow for a rest or to enjoy an endless variety of delicious meals and snacks, including traditional seafood dishes.
Those who prefer to give themselves up to the vagaries of the wind can take advantage of the regular trade breezes and calm seas found to the north of Vamizi Island to sail out on one of a selection of Hobie cats and dinghies. Acknowledged as one of the best ways to end a leisurely day on an Indian Ocean island, a relaxed sunset cruise aboard a traditional dhow provides the ideal opportunity to toast the sun as its slips beneath the waves.