Quirimbas Archipelago Dhow Safaris
Ibo Island Lodge is the ONLY operator to offer fully guided Mobile Island hopping dhow safaris in the magnificent Quirimbas Archipelago National Park Under the expert leadership of a pro guide and experienced skipper and crew, explore the islands of the Quirimbas on a magnificent, 12 meter traditional Arab dhow. Activities include snorkelling, diving and sea kayaking. Throw in three nights of comfort at Ibo Island Lodge with all its fascinating history and culture, and you are set for a dhow safari of a lifetime.
Combine with sea kayaking and dhow sailing up wide coastal river
mouths teeming with red listed bird species and pristine mangrove forests. Snorkel off deserted white sandbanks and into the turquoise sea and sleep in mobile eco-fly camps on uninhabited tropical islands. Our famous chef will whip up the freshest of seafood that will make your mouth water - all over an open fire under island stars, leaving you free to soak up a once in a lifetime Mozambican Dhow Safari.
The Quirimbas Archipelago is a radical new destination that has been seen by a lucky few... The region has recently become one of the world's most sought-after tourist destinations. Historically Ibo Island was the trading hub of this string of islands, and today is nominated as a World Heritage Site and hosts the head-quarters of the Quirimbas National Park. Ibo has over a thousand years of history and culture for you to discover.
The turquoise waters surrounding Ibo Island provide a protected marine environment for a number of extremely rare species. Feeding and nesting grounds for several sea turtle species can be found near Ibo, and the snorkelling on the surrounding reefs is world class. Humpback whales visit the region where they shelter their calves with sightings around Ibo often seen between July and November each year.
Nearly everyone's favourite, the delightful dolphin, are in abundance and species include common, spinner, bottle nose and humpbacks, and if you are really lucky you may see dolphins off the bow of the dhow whilst under sail. The Zambezi shark, tiger shark, blue spotted, sting ray, manta ray, and black and white tip sharks have also been seen. Back above the surface of the warm waters, bird watching in the Quirimbas is also outstanding and Ibo Island and her surrounds contain ten red-listed species.