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Quirimbas Island Day Tour

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 Rob, Glynn and The Team @ Ibo!

What a wonderful stay and dhow safari we have had!! An amazing island and a gorgeous lodge. The experience has truly been fantastic! From arriving by dhow to finishing with our private beach diner, it has all been magical!! Hope to get back one day!

What a wonderful experience! I have enjoyed every minute and learnt so much about Ibo Island culture. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and hope to return one day. I wish you every success.

Thank you for an amazing experience! I will take memories and photos and new friends away with me. Harris is an amazing guide and really comfortable to be around and his knowledge is outstanding. The Dhow safari was a great way to travel and I felt truly relaxed. Rob and Glynn and Ibo you have been really hospitable and I feel like you are instant friends. Thank you again.

The opportunity to share your special part of the world has been fantastic. Thank you for all your hospitality, personal touches & obvious passion for the island of Ibo. We leave with happy memories, many photos and the pleasure of sharing those with you & the islanders. Thank you for the fabulous birthday celebrations – so so special.

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