Quirimbas Dhow Safari
No. of nights: 9 nights including two overnight flights
Locations: Ibo Island Lodge + four nights island hopping on a private dhow
Best to do this: Good all year apart from November when it can be a little wet!
Style: Culture and history on Ibo Island + romantic rustic beach hopping from the comfort of your luxury dhow
For who: Those wanting to do something none of their friends will hava done
Why we love it: The Quirimbas Archipelago offers paradise island after paradise island and this magical trip allows you to explore them all
The Damage: from £2,922 per person including International flights and all internal arrangements based on two – three pax, from £2,147 per person for four – six pax.
DAY 1 & 2: You will arrive into Pemba and will be transferred by road to Mucojo, and by dhow to Mogundula Island – this island is simply one of the most beautiful in the entire archipelago which is why you will spend two nights here enjoying exploring this deserted tropical paradise. There is fantastic birdlife, swimming off the sandbank and snorkelling to enjoy. You will also enjoy a day trip to the Pangane Peninsula, another haven of white sand and turquoise waters.
DAY 3: Today will be the beginning of the true dhow safari as you set off further into the Quirimbas. The water is so clear you can see every coral below and you will also have the opportunity to see rural fishing villages. You will camp in the bush.
DAY 4: Today you will take an incredibly scenic journey to Matemo Island – your morning will be spent exploring mangroves and river channels, and the afternoon is spent exploring fishing villages and meeting the local fishermen, before swimming off Matemo Island and returning to your bushcamp of the night before.
DAY 5, 6 & 7: You will then return to Ibo Island which is one of the most fascinating in the Quirimbas and comes complete with 200 year old ghost town ruins and 16th Century Forts. You will stay at Ibo Island lodge which is luxurious and welcoming, and will spend your days on the dhow enjoying the remote white sandy bank in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
DAY 8: Today you will see it all from the air, as you enjoy a short light aircraft flight back to Pemba airport.