Ibo Island Mozambique: A piece of paradise on Earth…
There’s no need to imagine paradise. Hop on a plane, head to northern Mozambique and you’ll find it at Ibo Island in Mozambique.
The Quirimbas Archipelago, located in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, is home to the remote Ibo Island. Not only a cultural and heritage hotspot, this is a place lost in time. Its streets lined with majestic colonial architecture, some lovingly restored to their former glory, others falling into crumbling ruins with swathes of colourful bougainvillea and tropical vegetation battling almost every square inch for supremacy.
So what else makes Ibo Island unique?
An intricate history and rich culture…
Ibo Island was used as a military bastion by the Portuguese in the 1500s. It was a prime destination for trading certain commodities such as ebony, ivory, spices, turtle shells and slaves due to its location along the trade route.
A great variety of foreigners frequented Ibo over the years, all leaving bits and pieces of their cultures on Ibo’s people and architecture. Some of the century-old buildings have been restored to their former glory, while others have been left to turn into marvellous ruins.
You’ll be able to learn all about the history and culture of Ibo Island on the complimentary Ibo of Yesterday and Ibo of Today tours.
Untamed wildlife on land and underwater…
The Quirimbas National Park waters surrounding Ibo Island are bustling with marine life and unbleached coral reefs – one of the top diving destinations in the world.
The large numbers of wild dolphins in Ibo’s waters are always happy to swim around with visitors and many describe their encounters with these animals as a spiritual experience.
Uniquely located in front of the largest independent mangrove forests in Africa, Ibo Island teems with natural beauty and unique bird species.
Hidden treasures waiting to be uncovered…
Stay at Ibo Island Lodge and be treated like royalty while you dine on a sandbank or enjoy breakfast in the lush palm tree garden.
Meet friendly Mozambican locals who’ll share their stories and the story of their island with you.
Enjoy a memorable island hop, dolphin safari, dhow safari, kayak, snorkel, game fishing expedition and spectacular diving excursion using Ibo island as your base.
What do visitors say?
Helena Fonseca, a recent guest at Ibo Island Lodge, recently had this to say:
“We are a Portuguese couple who just came to paradise. This is really the paradise on earth. The lodge is amazing, the manager and the staff is everything possible to make our stay most enjoyable. The mix between culture, history and nature is unique. This is the place to come back again and again.”
Here are three virtual reality videos that will give you a little sneak peek into life on Ibo Island – try it, it’ll feel as if you’re really there!
Want to know more about what’s on offer in Mozambique? Read the following blogs:
Hit the road…self-drive to Maputo
Gorongosa National Park: The Return of a Paradise Once Lost
Maputo Nightlife: Where to let loose in Maputo…
Things to do in Maputo
Four Reasons why you should visit Mozambique
Anantara Medjumbe: Barefoot luxury in the islands…
Gorongosa National Park
Discover the best of Mozambique
Mozambique Beaches: Tap your inner beach bum