Location of Quilalea Island
Quilalea Island is one of the Southernmost islands in the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago, 30 nautical miles North of Pemba. It has one of the only safe deepwater 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. Co-ordinates: -12.494306, 40.602486
Nature Lovers' Paradise
The island is approximately 86 acres 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 lovers' paradise. There are 4 large sandy beaches on the island, the villas are spread along 2 of them, the main beach always has boat access, and remote and beautiful turtle beach is home to dozens of nesting turtles which our guests are often lucky enough to see. It is also an excellent spot for a private picnic lunch.
How to Get Here
Guests can arrive at Azura Quilalea Private Island via Pemba in Mozambique. Pemba can be accessed from South Africa with flights from Johannesburg on Airlink and LAM, from Kenya with flights on LAM from Nairobi, from Tanzania with flights on LAM from Dar es Salaam and from other centres in Mozambique including Maputo, Beira and Nampula. There is a state of the art helicopter for the transfers from Pemba to Quilalea Island. The flying time is approx 25 minutes, and will connect with your arriving/departing flight. This should be booked at the same time as your accommodation. The flight is operated by Archipelago Charters.
Private Charter flights from South Africa are available to Pemba through Elite Jet in Johannesburg at reasonable rates (Aircraft seat 8-19 pax). From Dar es Salaam private charters are available on Coastal Aviation to Pemba. Quirimba Island has a 1000m grass runway which is in excellent condition year round. It accommodates a range of smaller light aircraft such as a Pilatus PC12. Many of the Tanzanian game reserves are in easy reach, with immigration procedures available at Pemba.