Azura at Quilalea Island

Quirimbas Archipelago

Why we love it

A holiday that ticks every box imaginable. Truly authentic, warm, professional staff and your own personal butler takes the pampering to a whole new level! The Azura Team deliver inimitable style and refined luxury in presenting Quilalea. Unforgettable culinary experiences, great quality food served in imaginatively varied places, every day. Relax or stay active, as you prefer, Quilálea caters for everyone. Fantastic snorkelling literally on the beach, be surrounded by a kaleidoscope of miraculous coral reefs and fish.

Why we love Azura at Quilalea Island

Azura Quilalea Private Island

Azura at Quilalea is a private Island Paradise and one of three luxury retreats from the Azura Retreats group. Situated in the Quirimbas Archipelago Marine Sanctuary, Azura Quilalea Private Island is surrounded by rich marine life and an untouched natural environment.

Not far from Pemba city on the mainland, Quilalea Island Resort is the head office of the Mozambique Quirimbas National Park which consists of 11 islands. Only some 86 acres in size, Azura Quilalea Private Island is inhabited solely by staff and guests at the lodge. Despite the solitude, the lodge is lavish with every mod con imaginable.

Five-star luxuries in three different villa types to captivate guests’ needs: four Kaskazi Villas with beach access, four Kusi Villa’s with select settings and the cliff top Villa Quilalea with a ladder leading down to the sea for snorkelling. Guests can also choose to book the entire island for complete privacy and fun.

All villas have been created from natural coral stone and makuti thatch and decorated with earthy materials. A green ethic at Azura Quilalea ensures as little impact on the island ecology as possible – wind generation, solar power, rainwater harvesting and rechargeable batteries save energy.

Committed personal Mozambican hosts look after guests daily and the main guest areas at Azura Quilalea are elegant and comfortable.

Water based activities include snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and kayaking, and whale watching in season. The elite wellness center offers guests massages and beauty treatments while walks are also popular.

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  • 4 X Kaskazi villas
  • 4 X Kusi Villa
  • 1 X Villa Quilalea
  • Beachfront location and view
  • Air-conditioning and fans
  • Mozambican Butler-host service
  • Mini bar
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Beds can be set up as twin sharing
  • Large bathroom with feature indoor/outdoor shower
  • Sundeck with loungers
  • Private undercover deck with daybed


  • Cliff-top African Spa
  • Beach picnics/private dining experiences
  • Island Baobab nature walk
  • Mangrove Kayaking on nearby Sencar Island
  • Scuba diving and scuba diving courses
  • Snorkelling and guided snorkelling trips
  • Deep-sea fishing
  • Sea kayaking
  • Dhow sailing
  • Dhow sunset cruise
  • Island hopping and remote beach picnics
  • Cultural visits including nearby historic Ibo Island
  • Tours of the working coconut plantations on Quirimba Island and the local village
  • Kayaking

Getting There

Guests will access Azura Quilalea Private Island via Pemba International Airport in Mozambique.

Pemba can be accessed from South Africa with flights from Johannesburg on SA Airlink and LAM, From Tanzania flights are on with LAM from Dar es Salaam and from Kenya with flights on LAM via Nairobi – both twice weekly.

There is also good and usually daily access from centers in Mozambique including Maputo, Beira and Nampula. On arrival our representative will meet you and assist with customs and immigration formalities. Please check with us beforehand on your visa requirements, but do note that all nationalities require a visa. South African Residents receive an automatic free visa on arrival. Most other nationalities can purchase a visa on arrival but please do check.

Once you have collected your baggage at Pemba International Airport there is a short walk to the transfer company for your helicopter transfer.

Flights over the archipelago to Azura Quilalea are truly spectacular and you will have brilliant views of all the islands and the Quirimba’s National Park. Expect to spot whales in season (July to September)

Helicopter transfers land on Quilalea Island, and light aircraft make use of Quirimba Island and then a boat transfer over to Quilalea.

Boat transfers to combine with Ibo Island are easily arranged. This area is a 45 minute transfer through the mangrove channels and an innovative way to get between the two properties. See our Ibo Island Lodge/ Azura Quilalea island package here.

Azura Quilalea is located 30 nautical miles north of Pemba and one of the southernmost islands in the Archipelago.

Private Charter flights are available to Pemba through various charter companies in Johannesburg at reasonable rates. Aircraft seat 8-19 pax.

Quirimba Island has a 1000m grass runway which is in excellent condition year round.

GPS coordinates for Azura at Quilalea Island
12.4911° S, 40.6001° E

Per person sharing

6 Nights from


These prices are indicative based low season costing. Rates fluctuate throughout the year. Please enquire with us for an accurate price based on your specific date of travel.