6 Important Questions you want Answered about Ibo Island Lodge
These are the most commonly asked questions from guests travelling to Ibo Island Lodge:
- What is the landing procedure?
You will arrive at Pemba International Airport in the Cabo Delgado province of northern Mozambique – the gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago. Disembark the plane and walk across to the small Pemba arrivals room. If you are booked on a direct flight to Pemba (i.e. not via Maputo) you need to clear customs and immigration formalities in Pemba before leaving the arrivals area. If you have flown via Maputo you will normally have cleared formalities there.
- Is there a Meet and Greet Representative?
Yes indeed! Once you have collected your luggage and cleared formalities you will be met by an Ibo Island Lodge representative named Oscar Soares. His cell number is + 258 82 661 9500. In the unlikely event that he does not arrive, please call Lutfiyyah Davids on +27(21) 785 5498 or mobile: +27(0) 82 704 5863.
Depending on the time of your air transfer to Ibo Island, you will either be escorted to the plane, or to the waiting room. If there is no immediate connection, you can opt to take a transfer to the Pemba Beach Hotel via their bus, or if time allows take an optional city tour of Pemba.
All transfers, day facilities, city tours, drinks or meals ordered in Pemba or at the hotel are to your own account and must be settled directly before departure to Ibo Island Lodge.
- What time is the light aircraft transfer to Ibo Island from Pemba?
The air transfers to Ibo Island are non-scheduled flights i.e. there are no set times and these are based on individual guest requirements and availability. The planes operate on a ‘coach share’ situation, where the transfer charter flight company takes into account the joint requirements of the islands. The schedules are only confirmed the day before for the following day’s service. Ibo Island Lodge will submit your incoming flight details to the transfer company, so that they can link up your air transfer as close to your international flight as possible.
- What plane is used?
A Caravan Cessna with room for 9 people and 100kg (cargo) or a Piper for 4 people and 60kg (cargo).
- What currency should we bring and are credit card facilities available?
In Mozambique, the Official Currency is the Metical (MT) = 100 centavos.
US Dollars are accepted on Ibo but only notes from 2008 onwards.
Local currency is preferable and must be purchased before you travel.
Remember: traveler’s cheques cannot be changed in Pemba, there are no ATM’s at Pemba airport and ATM’s in Pemba town are often off line!
You can buy unique Ibo jewellery and local crafts on Ibo. Guests also need to settle extras and activities on their bill. Please take adequate cash with you, in either US$ or local currency, to settle all extras and activities. There are no facilities whatsoever for drawing money once on the islands. There is a credit card facility available at Ibo Island Lodge with a surcharge of 5 %.
- Are we expected to tip staff and how much is recommended?
Tipping is totally discretionary and personal – it is difficult to advise guests about how much they should tip. A good idea is to use the $20 per guest per day baseline. Please note that whilst on dhow safari the tips are split equally between 6/7 staff members and when at the lodge by over 30 staff members. Management does not receive a share of the tips. It is also a good idea to tip guides and any other person who has shown you personally outstanding service individually. Tipping dhow safari crew individually is advisable as the crews do change and these guys work hard on safari.