Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique
Think of this chain of more than 30 coral islands stretching nearly 200 miles into the Indian Ocean off Mozambique's northern
end as Africa's answer to the Maldives.
New escape: Azura at Quilalea, a private island hideaway, offers nine butler-serviced, thatched-roof villas built entirely by locals.
Fabulous find: Visit the silversmiths at the Fort of St. Jao Baptista on the archipelago's main island of Ibo to pick up a handcrafted silver bracelet made from melted-down old coins.
Go local: Spend a day island-hopping aboard a dhow, a type of traditional fishing vessel that has been used to ply the archipelago's waters for centuries.
Meet the natives: Dive the coral reef-filled waters around Quirimbas with Mozambique Yacht Charters to see an explosion of fish (more than 300 species).