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Cruise the Quirimbas archipelago on a traditional dhow & explore Ibo island

3490 USD 8 days / 7 nights

1 Ibo Sailing

Catering for the discerning adventurers, the safaris cover a wide and diverse range of special interests: birding, sea kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, fishing, cultural exchanges, history, photography, wellness, adventure and more.

Under the expert leadership of an English speaking professional guide, sail on a magnificient 12 meter traditional motorized dhow.
Islands hop and explore wide coastal river mouths teeming with red listed bird species and pristine mangrove forests. Snorkel off remote white sandbank beaches and into turquoise sea, and sleep in mobile eco fly camps on remote beaches.

Day 1 / Pemba - Ibo

Greetings at Pemba airport. Board on a light aircraft for a scenic flight over the islands and turquoise waters to Ibo.
Greetings and check in your luxury garden room at Ibo island lodge for 1 night.

Ibo Island lodge has spectacular views over the waterfront and accommodates guests in beautifully simple, yet elegant rooms. Historic colonial mansions with high ceilings have been stylishly renovated to accommodate the lodge with various verandas, tropical gardens and a spectacular roof top restaurant that provides the ideal venue to watch the sun go down. The emphasis at Ibo Island Lodge is on complete relaxation. It is also the perfect base from which to explore this fascinating island.

Probably the most compelling attraction in the Quirimbas, Ibo's 200-year-old ghost town and 16th Century forts make for a fascinating journey to an era long forgotten. The Ibo Island guided Experience provides a chance to interact with the amazingly friendly local people and observe their unique island culture and heritage and a way of life that has not changed for hundreds of years. Wander around the mysterious ruins among forts and ancient trade buildings with many fascinating stories just waiting to be told.

Ibo has been nominated for World Heritage Status to ensure the protection of its incredible culture and history. Undisturbed for centuries, Ibo has remained forgotten to the outside world and exquisitely untouched.

Day 2 / Ibo Island  - Matemo

After breakfast, you will board the dhow to explore the Quirimbas Archipelago! Sail into the clearest of blue water with pristine corals. Jump in the warm waters and enjoy snorkeling. Turquoise clear waters and beautiful scenery awaits you en route.

A stop will be made on the southern tip of Matemo Island and you’ll get the chance to explore this part of the island.

Day 3 / Day dhow trip to Ulumbwa estuary

Enjoy an early morning sail up the Ulumbwa estuary viewing a variety of birds & mangroves that thrive in this area. In the afternoon, take a tour through this fishing village getting to know the ways of these fisher folk as interpreted by your knowledgeable guide.

The Ulumbwa river mouth beckons and it is here where fascinating rural fishing villages dot the shore.

Plenty of opportunities to swim, fish, snorkel, kayak in the most delightful surroundings.

Sunset cruise back to the camp at Matemo.

Days 4 & 5 / Mogundula Island

In our opinion Mogundula Island is one of the best islands in the archipelago and you will spend 2 nights there giving you a fantastic base from which to explore the area.

Known by the locals as the island with the sacred lake it will provide you with beautiful bird watching, pristine swimming off the sandbank beach and excellent snorkeling.

The mobile camp is set under the shade of trees and you usually have this magical uninhabited island to yourself!

Days 6 & 7 / Ibo Island

After breakfast, you will cruise back to Ibo Island.

The Ibo Island guided experience provides a chance to interact with the amazingly friendly local people and observe their unique island culture and heritage and a way of life that has not changed for hundreds of years. Wander around the mysterious ruins among forts and ancient trade buildings with many fascinating stories just waiting to be told.

You can also board the daily boat excursion to Ibo Island’s best kept secret... the sand bank beach.

Practice water sports,  feast on sumptuous seafood, or indulge in luxury and tranquility.

Day 8 / Ibo Island - Pemba

A beautiful light aircraft flight over the islands and turquoise waters transfers you to Pemba international airport.

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Price terms and conditions

Rates are per person based on a double occupancy

Private departure, exclusive use of the dhow for up to 10 persons. The price is given on a 2 persons base.

The rate includes: 

• Itinerary as specified (the itinerary might be modified)
• Meet and greet in Pemba
• 4 nights island and mainland hopping by dhow. Overnight at island, river and beach camps
• Experienced English and Portuguese speaking crew.
• All camping and catering equipment included for island camps (sleeping bag, pillow and towel are supplied)
• Meals as stated in the itinerary (excluding all drinks)
• Occasionally breakfast and lunch may be combined into a brunch where necessary e.g. mornings with early kayak trips
• 3 nights at Ibo island lodge on full board basis 
• Guided tours of Ibo island
• National Park fees and Ibo Island development taxes
• Light aircraft return transfer from Pemba to Ibo island

The rates exclude: 

• All international airfares and related taxes & fees
• All meals that are not specified
• Beverage
• Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, curio purchases, etc.
• Optional activities, spa treatments, excursions and transfers not specified
• Visa fees, travel and medical insurance