Quirimba Island, lies south of Ibo and bears important historical testimony. Initially Quirimba Island was the Capital of the Archipelago and indeed gave the string of thirty two islands its name. Because of repeated attacks from the Arab Sultanate of Zanzibar, the capital was moved to Ibo Island in the mid fifteen hundreds.
Today ruins of colonial occupation still remain on Quirimba Island and it supports fishing village and community on the island.
For the adventurous a one and a half hour walk at low tide takes us through the beautiful mangroves paths to our fascinating neighbouring Quirimba Island. Explore the village and churches where you will learn that Quirimba Island offers more than pristine beaches and tall coconut palms. Some remains of Quirimbas’ original colonial architecture are still visible, making exploring interesting. Learn tales of Arab maritime merchants sailing the seas in colourful dhows and watch the local woman weave Maluane cloth. Meet some of the legendary Gessner family – a pioneering German family who after the 1st World War made their home on Quirimba and planted and cultivated the vast palm plantation that is still operation today.
At high tide travel ‘home’ to Ibo Island leisurely by boat through the canal that was cut by the slaves in the eighteenth century (boat travel is available both ways).
Just another unique day in Mozambique!