Surrounded by clear oceans and sandy beaches, and with a history that you will find most impressive, Ibo is unlike any other destination in Mozambique.
Ibo is one of the beautiful islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago nearby the coast of the Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique, and has become a rather notable holiday destination for those who desire a peaceful, yet highly entertaining, beach vacation or honeymoon. These islands are famous for their coral reefs that are still in immaculate condition, and that are the homes of thousands of fish species. The entire archipelago may soon be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but the islands to the south are already included in the area of the Quirimbas National Park, and are therefore protected.
Although the mainland of Mozambique has much to offer, there is nothing quite like an exclusive island getaway. perfectly pristine beaches and tranquil atmosphere sets the mood for either a romantic honeymoon, a holiday for couples who love to spend time together and for families who simply want to get away from it all for a while. The Ibo Island Lodge is the one and only place to stay on this gorgeous little island, and a place that we highly recommend. Every guest that arrives here is well looked after, enjoys splendid meals and has a wide choice of activities.
The remoteness of the island is easily reached via small airfields and the larger airport at Pemba, the capital city of Cabo Delgado. Flights are scheduled for Pemba from many different countries, and from here, visitors can take a light aircraft transfer to Ibo. In the twenty-five minute flight, you will enjoy marvellous views of the turquoise oceans, beautiful islands and their spotless beaches, and might even see turtles, dolphins or whales. Upon your arrival, you will receive a warm welcome from the staff of Ibo Island Lodge, and in moments, be ready to begin your amazing adventure!
Fascinating facts of Ibo Island
- The island has an intriguing ‘lost world’ feel to it.
- From various influences across the globe, the people of Ibo have a unique culture.
- The island has one of the largest mangrove forests in Africa.
- More than 200 bird species are found on the island, ten of which are classified as threatened species.
- Some of the buildings and ruins on the island were constructed in the 1500’s.
- Ibo was once one of the main trading centres in the archipelago for slaves and ivory.
- In 1969 the last dhow that came to trade arrived on the island.
We have no doubt that Ibo could be the very special beach island holiday destination of your dreams. It is the perfect place for a private beach wedding, a very romantic spot for honeymooning or simply a fantastic location for exploring and doing exciting things you have never done before. Ibo is also not just a place on its own, but is nearby to so many other fantastic islands as well.
Begin planning your trip to Ibo by contacting East Cape Tours today. We have all the information you need and will secure the best rates for you at the Ibo Island Lodge.
Since that Ibo has such an impressive history, the ‘guided Ibo of yesterday tour’ is a fascinating experience. Trading took place on the island since the sixteenth century, for amber, ivory, turtle shells and slaves, and many ancient structures were erected. The old forts, crumbling colonial homes and centuries-old buildings with interesting architecture are great fun to see and explore. The guides are very entertaining and tell many fantastic stories about prisoners and pirates.
When you’ve had your fill of the olden days, take the ‘guided Ibo today tour’ and discover how the wonderful people of Ibo live. Their beliefs, unique cultures and way of life will take you on a fascinating journey.
The birds of Ibo are wonderful to see, whether you are an experienced birder or not. In the floristic kingdom of the island, there are hundreds of bird species to be found, and even around the lodge, in the tropical gardens, many sunbirds, woodpeckers and other beautiful feathery friends can easily be spotted and enjoyed. On this lovely island, which is considered the headquarters of the Quirimbas National Park, birding safaris and nature walks are very popular.
Everything on Ibo Island will certainly keep you happily entertained, but it is also lovely to go to some of the other islands to see what they are like. Two islands nearby that are great to visit are Mogundula and Quirimbas, the island that gave the archipelago its name. On Quirimbas there is a fishing village and some ruins from ancient civilisations, but Mogundula is an uninhabited tropical paradise – the perfect place for a very private lunch.
Water Activities & Attractions
The Quirimbas Islands, including Ibo Island, are known to provide the best diving sites off the shores of Mozambique, and there is no better way to see the ocean than to gear up and get under the surface. At Ibo Island Lodge, the instructors of Dive Quirimbas will teach you everything you need to know about diving safely in the area and how to get the most out of your underwater experience. Different types of dive sites are available, such as shallow waters for casual divers and more dramatic drop locations for experienced divers. The light house is one of the popular places to dive at Ibo.
If you prefer not to take on the challenge of using diving equipment, snorkelling is another spectacular way to see the marine life of Ibo. There are many stunning spots ideal for snorkelling and it’s such a magical and relaxing way to spend some of your time during your holiday.
On a kayak or dhow is the best way to move about the waters of the islands. You can go on fantastic kayaking safaris that will have you paddling around beautiful deserted islands and enjoying tea breaks on their white beaches, or take a dhow safari and sail between the islands.
Larger marine mammals can be seen in the waters of the islands, such as dolphins and humpback whales in season. This region is also a sanctuary for the mysterious dugong, or sea cow (sort of a dolphin but not quite!). On a dolphin safari, visitors of Ibo enjoy the incredible opportunity of swimming with wild dolphins and watching them in their natural habitat.