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Dhow cruising: Quirimbas and Ibo


from £2,680 pp

(ex international flights)


8 days

Catering for the discerning adventurer, this safari covers a wide and diverse range of special interests: birding, sea kayaking, sailing, snorkelling, fishing, cultural exchange, history, photography, wellness, adventure and more. Under the expert leadership of an English speaking professional guide, sail on a magnificent 12 metre traditional motorised dhow. Island hop and explore wide coastal river mouths teeming with red listed bird species and pristine mangrove forests. Snorkel off remote white sandbank beaches and into turquoise seas, and sleep in mobile eco fly camps on remote beaches. An unforgettable holiday right in Paradise.

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Mogundula Island

Day 1 - Mogundula Island

  • Transfer from Pemba to Ibo Island
  • Ibo Island guided experience
Quirimba Archipelago

Day 2 - Quirimba Archipelago

  • Ibo Island to Matemo Island dhow cruise
Quirimba Archipelago

Day 3 - Quirimba Archipelago

  • Explore the Quirimba archipelago
Quirimba Archipelago

Day 4 - Quirimba Archipelago

  • Matemo Island to Mogundula Island cruise
Dhow boat, Ibo island
One of the last few islands in the Quirimbas archipelago to be inhabited, Ibo island is a true melting pot of influences. The strategic location of Ibo island has long made it a desirable hub of trade and seafaring. Arab sailors arrived many centuries ago and passed on their trading and craft traditions to the islanders. The Portuguese influence was to make the island more suitable for sustaining agriculture by harnessing rainwater for irrigation and livestock. Some of the crumbling 17th century buildings on the island are a legacy of the Portuguese. The jewellery making tradition on Ibo island is believed to have been introduced by Arab traders, and today the craft is still going strong, and the jewellery makes a wonderful souvenir. This is an island where historic events are celebrated each June at the Kueto Siriwala Festival (say cue-to sea-ree-wala) which means “don’t forget your roots.” The festival commemorates Ibo island’s inauguration as a trading post and locals dance, sing, race their dhows and eat plenty of seafood in celebration.

Day 5 - Mogundula Island, Quirimba Archipelago

  • Mogundula dhow trip
Quirimba Archipelago

Day 6 - Quirimba Archipelago

  • Mogundula Island to Ibo Island cruise
Quirimba Archipelago

Day 7 - Quirimba Archipelago

  • At leisure on Ibo island

Day 8

  • Transfer from Quirimba national park to Pemba international airport