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Streets of Ibo Island
Streets of Ibo Island
Aerial Shot Facing West
Aerial Shot Facing West
Boa Vida Traditional Dhow
Boa Vida Traditional Dhow
Fire Grilled Fish, Island Style
Fire Grilled Fish, Island Style
Beach Lunch Mobile Island Hopping Safari
Beach Lunch Mobile Island Hopping Safari
Mogundula Island
Mogundula Island

Mozambique Island Hopping Dhow Safari

Imagine sailing around the Quirimbas Archipelago on a traditional dhow with a local crew for 3 or 4 nights, combined with a stay on historic Ibo Island. This awe-inspiring journey (the time-frame is entirely flexible) suits anyone with an adventurous spirit who enjoys sailing and the sea, yearns to discover local culture and is a real beach lover!

The scenery is jaw-droppingly spectacular! Under the expert leadership of an English speaking professional guide and a local Mozambican dhow skipper and crew, you will explore a coastline fringed by tropical islands, sea kayak or sail up wide coastal river mouths teeming with birds, snorkel off deserted white sandbanks and sleep in mobile eco camps on uninhabited pristine islands.

The safari begins and ends at the mystical and ancient Ibo Island – a remote Mozambican island lost in time and almost forgotten to the outside world for nearly a century. Your chef will cook the freshest of seafood over an open fire under the stars – you will even catch fresh lobster, prawns and fish as you sail along!

  • Day 1 - Ibo Island Lodge

    Arrive in Pemba and transfer via a wonderfully scenic light aircraft flight over the islands and turquoise water to Ibo Island Lodge for your overnight stay. Over 150 years old, this beautifully restored waterfront retreat blends handcrafted vintage furniture, antiques, day beds and swing benches with simple elegance. The lodge has three swimming pools, a mesmerising rooftop terrace and an idyllic sandbank just a short boat ride away.

    Spend 1 night at Ibo Island Lodge, full board

  • Days 2-5 - Island Hopping Dhow Safari

    For the sailors amongst you, there is nothing more majestic than sailing in a graceful traditional dhow at full tilt with the wind in your hair and the sails up! Glide past charming rural fishing villages dotted along the shore as you head north to Matemo Island for the first couple of nights and then south to Quirimba – the island that gave the Archipelago its name. See the old church and witness the age-old culture and traditions first-hand. Spend time exploring other neighbouring islands such as Quisiva and Mefunvo.

    Spend 4 nights on the Dhow Safari, accommodation in tents, full board

  • Days 6-7 - Ibo Island Lodge

    Probably the most compelling attraction in the Quirimbas, intriguing Ibo Island and her 200-year-old ghost town and 15th century forts make for a fascinating journey to an era long forgotten. There will be a chance to meet the local people and learn about their unique island culture and heritage – a way of life that has not changed for hundreds of years! Return to the colonial comforts of enchanting Ibo Island Lodge.

    Spend 2 nights at Ibo Island Lodge, full board

  • Day 8 - Pemba

    Fly by light aircraft over the islands back to Pemba today and onwards for your international flight.

     

     

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    Prices from £3,860 per adult (low season) and from £4,245 per adult (high season) for 7 nights including 3 nights at Ibo Island Lodge on a full board basis, 4 nights island hopping dhow safari (tented accommodation), full board (drinks are additional and payable locally), all transfers including light aircraft, and international flights from London to Pemba in northern Mozambique (via Johannesburg).

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TURQUOISE ISLAND OF THE MONTH: PETIT ST VINCENT, THE GRENADINES

Just a short hop from Barbados lies the exquisite private island of Petit St. Vincent. A true hidden gem, it’s the perfect place to escape the daily grind. Relaxation is key here and with no distractions other than swaying palms and gentle sea breeze, unwinding is effortless.

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TURQUOISE ISLAND OF THE MONTH: PETIT ST VINCENT, THE GRENADINES

Just a short hop from Barbados lies the exquisite private island of Petit St. Vincent. A true hidden gem, it’s the perfect place to escape the daily grind. Relaxation is key here and with no distractions other than swaying palms and gentle sea breeze, unwinding is effortless.