All reviews on Ibo Island – Ibo Island Lodge https://www.iboisland.com Northern Mozambique Wed, 31 Jul 2019 08:50:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 What is a Mozambican Dhow? https://www.iboisland.com/what-is-dhow/ Wed, 15 Aug 2018 13:45:50 +0000 http://www.iboisland.com/?p=9449 When the Monsoon winds carried trade across the Indian Ocean, the vessel of choice was the Dhow, with its characteristic lateen sail made with traditional Merikani cloth. A Dhow is a one or two-masted Arab sailing vessel, usually with lateen rigging (slanting, triangular sails), common still today in the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. […]

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When the Monsoon winds carried trade across the Indian Ocean, the vessel of choice was the Dhow, with its characteristic lateen sail made with traditional Merikani cloth.

A Dhow is a one or two-masted Arab sailing vessel, usually with lateen rigging (slanting, triangular sails), common still today in the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. On the larger types, called baggalas and booms, the mainsail is considerably bigger. Bows are sharp with a forward and upward thrust and the sterns of the larger dhows may be decorated.

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For more than two millennia the small, lateen-rigged sailing vessels called dhows were predominant. The dhow trade was particularly important in the western Indian Ocean, where these vessels could take advantage of the monsoon winds. A great variety of products was transported between ports on the coast of East Africa and ports on the Arabian Peninsula, and even as far as Bombay and Mangalore on the west coast of India.

The Dhow has been through a valiant struggle to survive in its history, against all odds in a world of rapid changes and growing competition from other motorized vessels. The Dhow has fought for its very survival!

The ancient art of traditional dhow travel has been practiced in this region for centuries,  fathers passing on the craft of skippering dhows to their sons through the generations. It is important for guests and agents to understand the culture surrounding dhow travel. It is a relaxed, simple and unhurried affair and you will be in the company of many other traditional dhows out on the sea, usually always within distant sight of an island or mainland coast, in case you need to retreat during sudden bad Mozambique weather.

Do not expect luxury on board! Dhows are basic wooden structures, allowing you to experience the beauty and art of traditional dhow travel under sail. We do make use of an outboard motor on occasions, but for the most part, it is adventure dhow sailing at its best.

All Dhows are handcrafted and corked using ‘alleged’ – the traditional practice of hammering cotton into the tiny gaps between the hand-hewn planks. The cotton expands to soak up water and dries out at low tide. Maintenance is an ongoing traditional affair and all dhows leak! Do not be alarmed, it is entirely normal for the crew to bail out their dhow as you travel. Contact us to book your Quirimbas holiday.

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Mozambique Holiday Resorts https://www.iboisland.com/mozambique-holiday-resorts/ Mon, 29 Dec 2014 00:00:42 +0000 http://iboisland.com/?p=6004 There is a huge choice of holiday resorts in Mozambique where fantastic accommodation, wonderful beaches and a range of fun activities greet visitors of all shapes and sizes, budgets and needs. You can have the best holiday ever in this sunny country when you plan carefully and set out to relax and enjoy. Remember that […]

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There is a huge choice of holiday resorts in Mozambique where fantastic accommodation, wonderful beaches and a range of fun activities greet visitors of all shapes and sizes, budgets and needs. You can have the best holiday ever in this sunny country when you plan carefully and set out to relax and enjoy.

Remember that Mozambique has a history of violence and devastation from its civil war and devastating cyclones and floods. Today, the beaches are mostly operational, dive operators have set up facilities at many resorts and restaurants serve mouth-watering seafood and Portuguese dishes.

The country will always be a draw card for tourists who want to experience the friendly people and their serene, tropical lifestyle. You can find comfortable beach resorts in the city centres like Maputo, Inhambane, Beira, Vilankulo and Pemba. Holiday lodges have been established on peninsulas and nearby islands – think of Machangulo Beach Lodge and Villa Sands, one wild and environmental near Maputo, the other slick and modern on Ilha de Mozambique. Find out more about Machangulo packages here.

Inhaca Island and the long beaches between Inhambane and Beira offer amazing eco resorts such as Blue Footprints Eco Lodge near Tofo and Barra beaches where off the grid facilities meet responsible tourism initiatives. Or the two swimming pools and gym that keep guests busy at Chiuba Bay Lodge with its natural jaccuzi and Talassa Spa for relaxation.

You will find your dream holiday resort anywhere along the lengthy Mozambique coastline or in the Bazaruto or Quirimbas Archipelagos, a short helicopter flip away. For the ultimate in luxury, stay at the exclusive Anantara Bazaruto Lodge and Spa where Deluxe facilities include restaurants, bars, swimming pools, exclusive business centre and delicious cuisine.  Chat to one of our consultants about your ideal resort.

Ibo Island in the Quirimbas is a honeymoon haven with impressive wedding venues and romantic accommodation in a centuries-old restored mansion. Guests sink into soft comfortable plantation style chairs and enjoy drinks while absorbing sea or garden views. A traditional silversmith tinkers away in his workshop while guests soak it all in from the popular roof terrace.

Ibo’s Dive Quirimba’s is just one diving activity centre that offers diving with dolphins and a range of scuba diving courses. Fishermen will spend days catching and releasing huge fish while  kids enjoy every organised activity they can find at Mozambique holiday resorts.

Getting to Mozambique is not difficult –flights land regularly at the main airports and many visitors like to self-drive from bordering African countries.

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