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Ibo Island has been described as one of the most romantic and relaxed islands in the world, but by combining pristine beach and marine activities with authentic Mozambique culture and historical experiences and you have a unique Mozambican island holiday that enables you to be as active or as relaxed as you wish.
Ibo Island Beach Bliss: (complementary)
One of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches in the Quirimbas Archipelago is closely accessed from Ibo island, and one of Ibo's best kept secrets. A short motorised boat trip or a longer sailing dhow trip takes you to a perfect sandbank beach surrounded by sea and usually totally private with just the odd local dhow sailing past. Here we set up shade and drinks and you are free to enjoy the clear waters perfect for swimming, snorkeling, exploring and relaxing. There is a transfer to this beach each day included in the Ibo Island lodge rate. The time of the transfer is dependent on tides and the weather. Snorkelling off the sandbank is great. All snorkelling gear is provided, however you are also welcome to bring your own. Dolphins and turtles are regularly spotted from the boat.
Ibo Of Today Guided Experience: (complementary)
Ibo Island Lodge offers Ibo as a personal discovery for everyone who visits and the chance to interact with the friendly people of Ibo and really understand their unique Mozambique culture. A guided walk into the villages of Ibo reveals the day-to-day life of the Kimwani people. Discover how Muslim and African traditions have blended to create a way of life unique to Ibo. Visit the local witch doctor, meet some of the islanders, get an “Ibo face-mask” or even enjoy a game of football!
Historical Ibo Guided Experience: (complementary)
A guided journey recounting the history of Ibo and introducing Ibo Island of yesterday. Guided historical and culture activities enable guests to immerse themselves in the unique Mozambique culture of Ibo and a rare chance to understand Ibo's unchanged lifestyle.
Once Mozambique’s mighty trading centre, Ibo Island has remained all but forgotten to the outside world for almost a century. Wandering around this colonial little town amongst old forts and ancient romantic buildings you can almost feel the history and fascinating stories crunching under your feet. ‘How did all this come to be here, so far away from anything else’?
Guided sea kayak excursion into the mangroves
One of our most popular excursions and a chance to navigate the winding, peaceful channels in one of the largest mangrove forests in Africa. Guests kayak deep into Ibo’s lush, fertile mangrove channels to understand more about Ibo’s precious ecosystem and the wide array of bird and marine life it supports.
Snorkelling excursion to the wreck
Discover the underwater paradise that surrounds Ibo Island – either by boat or traditional dhow and snorkel some of the best soft corals in the Quirimbas Archipelago. Weather and tide dependent
Traditional Sailing Dhow excursion
Dhow travel is one of the most traditional and ancient ways of travelling the archipelago. The last sea faring dhow expedition sailed from India to Ibo Island in 1969! Enjoy relaxing on a traditional Quirimbas sailing dhow with a picnic lunch on Matemo Island or similar. Sunsets are usually a legendary pink, red and orange affair on Ibo Island and a sunset cruise gives you the chance to photograph mother natures spectacle against the back drop of historic Ibo whilst sipping a cocktail or two out in the bay.
Guided nature & bird walk and picnic
Ibo sits in a breathtakingly beautiful and unique location surrounded by Indian ocean and coral reefs, the Quirimbas National Park and one of the largest groves of mangroves in Africa. A guided walk is one of the best ways to discover Ibo’s varied flora and fauna and outstanding bird life. Early to mid morning or later in the afternoons is best recommended when it is generally cooler for walking. Walks can be tailor made to suit your specific interests and are arranged with your guide the day before.
Quirimba Island Adventure
For the adventurous a one and a half hour walk takes us through the mangroves to the fascinating neighboring Quirimba island. Explore the village and churches and then travel home leisurely by boat through the canal cut by the slaves in the eighteenth century (boat travel is available both ways).
Ibo Massage treatments
Massage is culturally inspired and can include traditional body scrubs prepared using Ibo coarse sea salt, and zesty lemon grass grown locally as part of the lodges garden project. The characteristic Ibo Island mussiro ‘white face mask’ is utilised. Traditionally made from the bark of a tree and painted onto the face using a coconut husk brush, the gentle paste ensures skin is protected from the sun and when removed leaves skin silky soft. The Mussiro mask is typically traditional to northern Mozambique and is the exotic and beautiful mask that many of the Ibo women wear daily.
Private lunch on Mogundula Island
Probably one of the most beautiful islands in the Quirimbas Archipelago is yours to explore. Enjoy total privacy on this uninhabited tropical paradise island with white secluded sand spit beach, and sleep off a lunch under the shade of the coconut tree’s. Mogundula lies north of Ibo and is accessible weather and tide dependent by power boat transfer. This excursion has to be planned in advance and pre booked.
Ibo Island is flat it’s a pleasure to peddle around the island at your own pace and explore further parts of Ibo not reached on the guided walks.
Chill and relax
Ibo inspires complete tranquility and in between activities you can soak it all up and chill with a great book and a cocktail and relax under a palm tree, at one of the pools, in the gardens or on your veranda....
The Quirimbas Archipelago contains some thirty islands stretching from Pemba to the Tanzanian border, a string of pearls surrounded by white beaches and incredible marine life. This leg includes a visit to historic Ibo Island, a key link in the story of the Indian Ocean.
The Quirimbas Archipelago in northern Mozambique is one of the most unspoilt destinations left on the planet. Combine 5 nights of freedom on a unique wooden liveaboard dhow, from which you are free to explore pristine islands and spectacular coral reefs, with 2 pampered nights at the beautiful Ibo Island Lodge on magical and ancient Ibo Island bursting with history, culture, atmosphere and intrigue.