Getting to Ibo Island

How to get to Ibo Island

Are you there yet? Getting to Ibo Island is easy!

It is easy to get to Ibo Island Lodge. Fly to northern Mozambique’s Pemba airport from South Africa, Kenya, and Tanzania. This is the gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago and the islands are literally across the water, as the seagull flies, by boat or charter plane.

At Pemba International Airport, get off the plane and find the small Pemba arrivals room. If you were 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.

Clear customs and fly like a seagull

Once you have collected your luggage and cleared formalities, a smiling representative from Ibo Island Lodge will meet you and escort you directly to the light aircraft waiting to jump you to the island. This is often the highlight of the entire journey! Flying low over the beautiful Quirimbas islands and clear turquoise waters you can often spot turtles and whales in season. Ibo Island waits for you, about 25 minutes away.

The airstrip at Ibo Island is a grass strip in good condition where you will be met by a member of the lodge team ready to give you a warm welcome to Ibo Island Lodge.

Touch down to unreality

The island is surrounded by miles of tropical palm-lined coastline and sparkling blue ocean and it feels like a place that is currently being re-discovered. You too will find out more about her complex past.

Traveling to Ibo Island Lodge can be time-consuming and tiring if you are coming from across the globe. But when you finally touch down and settle into your charming accommodation, you will never look back – and you may lose touch with your other life for a while.

Flight information

LAM (Air Mozambique) – daily flights into Pemba from Johannesburg – goes via Maputo

SA Airlink – flights on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday – direct flight to Pemba

East Africa via Dar es Salaam – flights to Pemba on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

East Africa via Nairobi – flights to Pemba on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

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