SUP Trips and Expeditions in the Quirimbas

Ibo Island Lodge has designed a thrilling 6-night dhow and SUP island hopping safari in the Quirimba’s Archipelago to introduce intrepid travellers to this beautiful region from a board.

Stand up Paddle Boarding or SUP is the latest craze to hit Mozambique. Leave surfing and kayaking to the birds as you join us on one of the best SUP trips and expeditions in the Quirimba’s you could ever wish for. A vacation where all you do is stand up on a board and paddle. A marine adventure where your every sense is tuned into your paddling and the natural world around you.

The Quirimbas Archipelago is a radical new destination that has been seen by a lucky few. Historically, Ibo Island was the trading hub of this string of islands and today has over a thousand years of history and culture for you to discover.

Experience life in the elements as you meet whales and dolphins, turtles and sharks from your SUP board. Cruise the ocean surface at your own pace, using pure muscle force and mind over matter.

Paddle your way down quiet coastal rivers where humans are rare and coastal birds many. Then venture into wild mangrove swamps, homes to exotic creatures and plants. Explore the waterways between tiny unknown islands where crabs and turtles play and human footprints are seldom seen. Pitch tents on white beaches, snorkelling into the ocean before tucking into fresh fish from the fire.

When you SUP in the wilds of the Quirimba’s you need backup just in case. Ibo Island Lodge has initiated island hopping dhows as SUP support vessels. Paddling distances vary between an easy 5km to a difficult 12km but paddlers have the option of baling and sitting aboard the dhow to enjoy the scenery instead. The crew break and set up camp, prepare all your meals on an open fire and cater for all your needs.

The safari takes on new meaning as paddlers get three treats in one – time to SUP between islands, time to chill on board the support dhow and time to reflect on your adventure in the luxury of Ibo Island Lodge when the journey is over.

The Ibo team have arranged and supported several trans Quirimbas paddling and sailing expeditions. We know the entire region intimately and together we can design the perfect, tailor-made itinerary.

Add some spice to the original dhow safari when you pack your paddle board. Feel free to paddle the open ocean because you know your support dhow is there for you, offering shelter, food and support if need be.
 

Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1
  • Guests fly into Pemba *
  • Meet & greet in Pemba and connect by light aircraft to Ibo Island
  • Dine in the Vista Lounge and plan your day ahead
  • Overnight at Ibo Island Lodge (Stay Includes: Return air transfers; Accommodation in a king or twin garden suite; All meals; Guided historical tour; Daily transfer to a private sandbank beach; Emergency medical evacuation)
Day 2
  • This day includes a sunrise wake up call to board the dhow and head for Light House Point. Grab your board, stand up and paddle around the cove with Bottlenose Dolphins.
  • Paddle your way now to the famous sand bank beach which emerges at low tide for your picnic breakfast under a makeshift umbrella.
  • Now it is time to really paddle hard as your head on your board to Darumba Estuary near the mainland. This 15km ride can be strenuous on your body but enjoy the sights as you cruise along .
  • Meet your support dhow at the estuary mouth as you use the tide to paddle up the estuary a bit to feel immersed in pristine nature.
  • Overnight at Ibo Island Lodge
Day 3
  • Talking of mangroves, this is the day you paddle up an ancient mangrove canal, the birds and lush plants creating a natural retreat for you. Head back for breakfast.
  • Re-energised, you will now paddle to Ilha Matemo, one of the most beautiful, larger islands in the region, with superb beaches.
  • We will camp 2km from a small fishing village where we can get real insight into rustic unchanged lives.
  • Overnight in our mobile tented camp where your accommodation may be rustic but you still get top service with a smile – sufficient food and drinks, time to relax and learn more about the stunning region you are exploring.
Day 4
  • Spend your entire day exploring the ocean and islands as you SUP your way around an exquisite destination made for those who value solitude and the natural world.
  • Overnight in our mobile tented camp.
Day 5
  • Off to another visually and emotionally breath-taking island today – Mogundula Island via Rolas Island where your SUP team can rest and snorkel a while.
  • Explore sand bank beaches, lush vegetation, exquisite reefs and more.
  • Overnight in our mobile tented camp under the trees at Mogundula near the beach.
Day 6
  • Paddle the easy 5km to Macaloe Island.
  • We go on a mission to find deserted islands.
  • Overnight in our mobile tented camp at Mogundula.
Day 7
  • Take it easy today and travel on the support dhow all the way back to Ibo Island.
  •  Light air transfer from Ibo Island to Pemba
  • Fly LAM from Pemba Airport *

Tell all your friends about the best Mozambique island holiday! When you spend time alone on just a board, with an oar, you have a lot to think about. Make it happen with Ibo Island SUP trips and expeditions in the Quirimba’s.
 
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