Set sail on the azure waters of the Indian Ocean to sun-drenched Ibo Island, where you are invited to spend long days watching dhow boats float along the horizon, going diving and snorkelling, and toasting fiery sunsets every evening. The island is set within Mozambique’s incredible Quirimbas Archipelago, which boasts some of the world’s most beautiful reefs, pristine beaches and bird-rich coastal forests. Ibo Island Lodge comprises three 150-year-old mansions that have been tastefully restored to offer you luxury and crumbling grandeur among scented gardens and swaying palm trees.
The island was originally part of an old trading route and has plenty of historic ruins that echo its former glory - ideal for those travellers who want to experience authentic Africa beyond the brochures. Be sure to shop for iconic silver coin jewellery handmade by local silversmiths in their simple workshops.
Snorkelling and diving expeditions on traditional sailing boats allow you to experience the surrounding islands, a nearby sandbank beach, dramatic underwater drop-offs, and one of Africa’s largest mangrove forests. Combine your quintessential island getaway at Ibo Island Lodge with an enriching cultural and historical tour in which you can encounter local Swahili people and witness the island’s fascinating combination of Arabian and Portuguese-inspired architecture dating back to the 1600s.