Ibo Island Lodge, Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique
The mystery, the magic, the culture and beauty of Ibo Island beckons. It’s an African Island you probably never heard of. Ibo Island is impossible to box, impossible to label. Ibo Island Lodge is a place people visit, and would not leave, if given half the chance. Built with the community, today either directly or indirectly, the lodge benefits a large part of Ibo’s population. Here your visit really does make a difference.
There is a place, on the edge of Africa described as one of the most unique and magical islands in the world. Once Mozambique’s mighty trading centre, Ibo Island, in the Quirimbas Archipelago National Park, Northern Mozambique, has remained all but forgotten to the outside world for almost a century.
The interior of Ibo is a bushy habitat, which spills over onto coral reefs, mangrove forests and little coves. The waters surrounding Ibo are home to pristine sandbank beaches where dolphins, turtles and a varied marine life live. Visiting Ibo is a unique experience. Rich and unforgettable.
Ibo has been called one of the most atmospheric islands in the world. Historically, the island see-sawed between Portuguese and Omani Arab rule. As if not an island, but some marked treasure trove. Architectural heirlooms from this era still stand in the beautiful stone town of Ibo, reflecting this rich legacy.
Ibo also bursts at the seams with culture and tradition. The community is a fascinating blend of people, all sharing in their beliefs, and all indelibly intertwined. Visiting Ibo Island offers a combination of lazy beach bliss, with snorkeling and exploring the history and culture of this magical little island. You’ll dine on the freshest of seafood and discover the islands secrets that you’ll feel the first to discover.
Location and Transfers
Located on Ibo Island in the Quirimbas Archipelago National Park, Northern Mozambique.
Transfer to the island is via a 25 minute light aircraft flight from Pemba on the Mozambique mainland.
Ibo Island Lodge is located on a prime waterfront site where romantic dhows sail out to sea on each high tide.
The lodge encompasses magnificent mansions each over one hundred years old with coral and lime walls over a metre thick, high lofty ceilings and original beams. Ibo Island is a potential World Heritage Site and therefore the rooms have been designed to incorporate the architecture and the style of the original ruins.
The lodge accommodates guests in beautifully elegant, yet simple rooms, with indigenous solid teak and mahogany furniture handcrafted by the people of Ibo. All nine bedrooms are individual and feature a king size fourposter, or twin hand crafted beds with crisp cotton linen and in keeping with the historical Indian influence on Ibo, the beds are covered in Indian silk throws.
Bathrooms are all en-suite with twin basins and large marble showers. All rooms have ceiling fans and air conditioning.
Wide verandas are a traditional feature of all Ibo buildings, but they have been widened considerably at Ibo Island Lodge to house comfortable plantation style chairs with soft cushions from which guests can enjoy drinks and make the very most of either the sea or garden views
Fruits of the ocean and other tropical dishes are all prepared by the local chefs, unhurried and from scratch. Sublime desserts, surf-fresh seafood platters, coconut and chilli traditional Ibo Island crab curry, and lobster thermidor are some of the highlights on the menu.
Breakfast and lunch can be enjoyed in a number of different locations, served either in the privacy of your own room, on a deserted sandbar, or in the tropical gardens.
Dinner becomes a little more extravagant served on the rooftop terrace under the stars and lantern light. With the shore just feet away, sometimes dolphins can be heard in the bay. Dining on Ibo is a real event, elaborate and indulgent. For those who are celebrating something special, a candle lit dinner in the tropical gardens can be arranged for two
Facilities and Activities
2 Swimming Pools
Open-air Lounge area
Private Dining Room
Roof Terrace Restaurant
Ship Wreck Diving
Trips to deserted sandbanks
Castaway picnic on Mogundula Island