Ibo Island is situated in the Quirimbas Archipelago in northern Mozambique. The Island is approximately 70 nautical miles from the mainland port and city of Pemba. The Island can be traced back as far as AD600, when Arab traders established trade routes with local communities. Due to Ibo Island’s fascinating historical aspect, it has been nominated for World Heritage Status in an effort to protect and preserve it. Ibo Island is also part of the Quirimbas National Park, and it hosts the headquarters.
Where to Stay
Ibo Island Lodge
Located on the waterfront of Ibo Island, the Lodge encompasses original rehabilitated mansions, each over a hundred years old. The Lodge has unique character, with exposed coral and metre thick lime walls, solid teak ceiling beams, large hand-carved doors and traditional hand crafted furniture. All 9 rooms are individually designed and decorated, with air conditioning and ceiling fans. Ibo Island Lodge is set amongst beautiful tropical gardens, and guests can keep themselves cool and refreshed in one of two pools.
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Things to Do
For the Colourful Mixtures
Ibo Island is a fantastic location for holidaymakers looking for a well-rounded break, with a variety of activities as well as being in a culturally and historically significant area. The Island will appeal to nature lovers, couples looking for a romantic getaway, families, as well as outdoor adventurers and thrill seekers. From a historical and cultural aspect, visitors can take part in guided historical and cultural experiences, as well as visits to the local silversmiths who handcraft intricate jewellery using ancient Arab techniques. For nature lovers, a guided walk around the mangroves or a guided bird walk is possible. For the outdoor orientated visitors, dhow sailing safaris are suggested. These specialised dhow tours allow guests to visit many of the Quirimbas Islands over the course of a few days and will appeal to adventurers, fisherman, bird watchers, kayakers or even honeymooners. Ibo Island is most definitely a photographer’s dream destination, with magnificent buildings, people, dhows and birds providing endless opportunities for photos.
Did you know?
There are approximately 3500 people who live on Ibo Island. Almost the entire population is Muslim, due to the strong Arab influences. The local language is known as Kimwani which means ‘the language spoken by four peoples – namely Swahili, Jawa, Nyanga and Macua. Unlike other parts of Mozambique, only about 20% of Ibo Island’s population speak Portuguese.