Azura Quilalea

A pristine and unspoilt Robinson Crusoe island

A private and wholly uninhabited island paradise

Snorkel and scuba dive straight off the beach in front of your villa

Facilities at Azura Quilalea

Air Conditioning
Swimming Pool

When to go to Azura Quilalea



The lodge is made up of 9 individual villas, spaced around the island so that some take advantage of the sunrise and some the sunset. Eeach villa is attended on by a butler host, and has incredible sea views, outdoor deck and sun loungers, an outdoor shower and huge daybed to relax on under the sun. The largest and most luxurious of them all, Villa Quilalea, also comes with it’s own plunge pool, although with all the villas being just steps away from the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, it is doubtful how much this actually gets used.

The four Kaskazi villas have stylish décor and are just a few steps to the white sandy beach. Each features a private deck with sun loungers and a daybed. The four Kusi villas occupy the prime locations on the island. These feature spacious bathrooms with an additional outdoor shower, as well as a private pool, beach sala, deck and sun loungers. Finally, the cliff-top Villa Quilalea is located in its own private part of the island, from where guests can enjoy magnificent views over the seas. It features an extended outdoor deck and private dining area, guests can access the ocean from their own cliff top step-ladder, and this leads down into a private alcove with a small beach at low tide, and immediate swimming and snorkelling at high tide. Villa Quilalea also has it's own private pool. 

You don’t need to worry about having to take a boat from the island to get your snorkelling and diving fixes as here you can do these straight off the beach. Throughout the year the island also offers different joys such as whale watching from July to November, and turtle nesting from November through to April. You can also go kayaking, deep sea fishing, on island excursions to see the giant boababs, or on a cultural trip to see the ruins on nearby Ibo Island.

Situated on a private island off the coast of Northern Mozambique this is about as remote a destination as one finds. The island is completely uninhabited, is approximately 86 acres in size, and is found at the heart of the Quirimbas National Park. Remote but not impossible to get to, Azura Quilalea can be reached from both Southern and Eastern Africa by flying to Pemba, and then taking a helicopter to the island.

There aren’t that many private islands in the world that come with the kind of charm to be found on Quilalea Private Island. The natural landscape of the island with it’s coral coves and separate beaches allows for a huge amount of privacy, and it really does feel like having your own Robinson Crusoe island all to yourself. With just only 9 villas on the island you really might as well be the only ones there.

Azura Quilalea is reached via a flight to Pemba Mozambique from Johannesburg, Nairobi or Dar Es Salaam, followed by a 25 minute helicopter journey to Quilalea Island itself. 

Wi-Fi is available in the main bar and pool area. There is no mobile phone reception. 

Azura Quilalea is open all year round. The weather is usually hot and humid all year with long sunny days. From October to March the wind is northeasterly with change of some showers, and from April to September there is a slightly stronger but dry southeasterly trade wine. Rainfall tends to come in tropical rain bursts, mainly from January to March. 

As Quilalea Island is uninhabited there is low risk of Malaria, however guests should consult a doctor before travelling. 

Dhow Sailing
Beach Picnics
Walking Trails
Star Gazing
Guided Birding
Scuba Diving
Helicopter Tours
Whale Watching (Jul-Oct)
Coconut Plantation Visit
Deep Sea Fishing
Various Island Trips and Boating Activities
Cultural Experiences
Turtle Nesting (Oct-Apr)