The Quirimbas Islands lie in the Indian Ocean off northeastern Mozambique, close to Pemba, the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado. The archipelago consists of about 27 islands, including Ibo, Matemo, Medjumbe, Quirimba, Metundo, Quisiva and Rolas Island. These islands are known for their high-quality diving sites, including phenomenal drop-offs, some up to 400 meters. The Quirimbas National Park, championed by WWF, spans an area of 7 500 km², and includes the 11 most southerly islands which are partly surrounded by mangroves. The park was established in 2002. In this area, it is common to sea yellowfin tuna, manta rays, eight species of shark, whale sharks, barracuda, green and hawksbill turtles, humpback dolphins and humpback whales. This hot spot of marine biodiversity is why Mission Blue declared the Querimas Islands a Hope Spot in 2013.