Ibo Island Lodge is set on Ibo Island just 71 kilometres from mainland Pemba, northern Mozambique. The island boasts a colonial town with old forts, ancient buildings and a history you’ll be itching to discover. From slave trading to pirates, the ruins date back to the early 1500s and the local inhabitants share their history with Arabs, Indians and Portuguese. With an air of romantic dilapidation, one may explore the faded of a bygone era, relatively alone.
The Lodge is located on a prime waterfront site, with views of traditional dhows setting out to sea on each high tide. Ibo Lodge is a combination of mansions each over one hundred years old with walls over a meter thick. Some rooms are sea facing, and some are garden facing, all have been designed to incorporate the original architecture of the buildings. The wide verandas are furnished with hand crafted furniture and soft cushions. All rooms are air-conditioned and also have ceiling fans, and offer en suite facilities, and some have outside baths and showers! Beds are draped with mosquito nets, have antique fittings, hair dryers and hand crafted furniture.
The restaurant and bar is beautifully situated on the roof terrace facing west for memorable sunsets and spectacular views across the bay. Cuisine includes the freshest of seafood (tiger prawns, game fish, and crab) with Mozambican and international influences. Private dinners can be arranged too.
The lodge has two swimming pools set in tropical gardens, an air-conditioned lounge and private dining room as well as a roof terrace restaurant with an open-air lounge area for after dinner drinks under the stars.
Ibo activities include sailing, swimming, snorkelling or fishing in one of the most pristine beach locations of the Quirimbas, a 30 – 40 minute boat transfer away. A Bedouin style tent, with shade and umbrella’s, is set up¸ and there is lots of space for guests to enjoy the privacy of this unique beach. Brunch or lunch is usually served on the sandbank. A daily transfer to the beach is included for all guests.
Explore the mangrove swamps or take to the sea in a kayak, or spot birds or humpback whales (August to November), before they migrate.
Take a cruise on a magnificent traditional teak sailing dhow. Traditional silversmiths hand craft exquisite intricate jewellery using ancient Arab techniques and tools. This jewellery is found no-where else in the world and guests can observe the art and commission pieces from the lodges’ silversmiths’ project
There are a number of excellent dive sites around Ibo Island, and in conjunction with neighbouring islands, spectacular dives can be booked.
The waters surrounding Ibo boast legendary fishing with dogtooth tuna, numerous species of kingfish, marlin, sailfish, mackerel and the famous bonefish all featuring. The renowned fishing at St. Lazarus banks ranks amongst some of the best in world.
Ibo Island offers various ‘specials’ and packages, and also serves as the base for unique dhow and kayak safaris around the Quirimbas Archipelago.