Gather your friends and come mobile island hopping in the Quirimbas with us! Dhow safaris of a lifetime.

Explore deserted islands in the Quirimbas on board a traditional, motorised dhow with a small group of friends in the company of the most skilled crew and skipper who will see to it that all your whims are catered for. Enjoy snorkelling,  kayaking, fishing, island hopping and camping in the great outdoors.

Probably the most compelling attraction in the Quirimbas, Ibo’s 200-year-old ghost town and 16th Century forts make for a fascinating journey to an era long forgotten. Interact with the amazingly friendly local people of Ibo and observe their unique island culture and heritage and a way of life that has not changed for hundreds of years. This is a top-selling adventure package to Mozambique!

Sample Itinerary (subject to change)

Day 1 | Pemba to Ibo

Ibo Island lodge has spectacular views over the waterfront and tidal bay and accommodates guests in beautifully simple, yet elegant rooms. Historic colonial mansions with high ceilings have been stylishly renovated to accommodate the lodge with various verandas, tropical gardens and a spectacular rooftop restaurant that provides the ideal venue to watch the sun go down.

Guests will have ample time to explore magical Ibo Island after the dhow safari as the safari returns to Ibo for days 6 & 7 of the itinerary.

Lunch and Dinner. All drinks for clients own expense.

Day 2  |  Ibo to Matemo Island

Depart Ibo Island for your exploration north into the Quirimbas Archipelago! Sail into the clearest of blue water with pristine corals below to explore under snorkel. Turquoise clear waters and beautiful scenery awaits you en route, in the afternoon, take a tour through this fishing village getting to know the ways of these fisher folk as interpreted by your knowledgeable guide. We will stop on the southern tip of Matemo Island and explore this part of the island.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks for clients own expense.

Day 3 | Day Trip to Ulumbwa Estuary

The beautiful Ulumbwa river mouth beckons and it is here where fascinating rural fishing villages dot the shore. Enjoy an early morning sail up the Ulumbwa estuary viewing a variety of birds & mangroves that thrive in this area. We return to our beautiful beach camp set up under the palms on the shores of Matemo Island with enough time to explore Matemo, take a walk or swim.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks for clients’ own expense.

Day 4 & 5 | Quirimba Island

Depart Matemo Island for your exploration south into the Quirimbas Archipelago! Once you reach Quirimba Island you will explore the island that gave the Archipelago its name with its rural villages, culture and old church.

Overnight camp and exploring on Quirimba Island and surrounds. Day trip by dhow to Quisiva Island or similar and/or Mefunvo Island from camp.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks for clients’ own expense.

Day 6 | Quirimba Island to Ibo Island

The emphasis at Ibo Island Lodge is a mix between guided activities and relaxation and a base from which to explore fascinating Ibo Island.

Partake in guided historical and cultural tours offering outstanding photographic opportunities, wander around the stone town and ruins and wonder how did this all come to be here so far away from the outside world. Relax at one of the pools and order ones of Kissinger’s cocktails, and book a massage for the ultimate island pamper.

Marine based optional activities are also available at Ibo – a full PADI dive center, sea kayaking, snorkeling and the most popular of all our dolphin encounter safaris

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All extra’s and drinks for clients own expense.

Day 8 | Ibo Island to Depart Pemba

A beautiful light aircraft flight over the islands and turquoise waters transfers you to Pemba International Airport from Ibo Island Lodge.

Breakfast. All extra’s and drinks for clients own expense.


  • Meet & greet in Pemba
  • 4 Nights Island and mainland hopping by dhow.
  • Overnight island, river and beach camps
  • NON participation mobile camp
  • All camping and catering equipment included for island camps
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Occasionally,  breakfast & lunch may be combined into a brunch
  • 3 nights at Ibo Island Lodge on full board basis (excluding all drinks)
  • Guided tours of Ibo island