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Quirimbas Island Day Tour

Quirimbas Island Northern Mozambique

Arimba FishermanQuirimba 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!

Dear Ibo Island Lodge team – Thank you so much. This was the most perfect destination for our honeymoon. Absolute paradise! It was a great stay on such a beautiful island ( loved the sandbank, snorkelling, mangroves, sunsets on the deck etc) that has such a history. Thanks to Harris for organising all our activities and sharing his knowledge of the natural surrounds. Your staff are brilliant! Always smiling and enquiring how our days activities went. And the food – delish! We really could go on forever! Thanks again hopefully we will come back to Ibo soon.”
(PS: Remember us when you are looking for people to take over your jobs!)

You have made my short stay at Ibo most memorable. Your extra ordinary warmth and hospitality made this trip so worthwhile. You spared no effort to make my room comfortable. The staff were always obliging. Your chefs are to be commended for the scrumptious meals! Yes this was worth it!

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