For beach-loving adventurers, this is the journey adventure of a lifetime aboard a traditional sailing dhow bound for the Quirimbas Archipelago. Jump off and snorkel the stunning coral reefs, or kayak into broad river mouths. Then relax at Ibo Island Lodge which is considered one of the most magical, atmospheric and unique lodges in Africa.


  • Sleep under the stars.
  • Pinch me perfect water-island fantasy - eye popping snorkelling over coloured corals.
  • Combine adventure, beaches, boating and culture.
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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive Pemba

    On arrival into Pemba transfer to your hotel where you will stay for one night.

    Overnight: Residencial Reggio Emilia, Pemba - Bed & Breakfast

  3. Day 2 Fly to Ibo Island

    A beautiful light aircraft flight over the islands and turquoise waters transfers you from Pemba International Airport to Ibo Island Lodge. Ibo's 200-year-old ghost town and 16th Century forts make for an amazing journey to an era long forgotten which is probably the most fascinating attraction in the Quirimbas. The Ibo Island guided experience (included) provides a chance to interact with the remarkably friendly local people and observe their unique island culture and heritage and a way of life that has remained the same for hundreds of years. Explore the mysterious ruins amongst forts and ancient trade buildings with captivating stories just waiting to be told.

    Overnight: Ibo Island Lodge - Lunch & Dinner

  4. Day 3 Dhow Safari

    Depart Ibo Island for your dhow adventure in the Quirimbas Archipelago with the clearest of blue water and pristine corals below to explore under snorkel. Sail into the Ulumbwa river mouth where fascinating rural fishing villages dot the shore.

    Overnight: Ulumbwa Island Mobile Camp - All Meals Included

  5. Day 4 Dhow Safari

    Clear waters and beautiful scenery awaits you on an early morning sail up the Ulumbwa estuary viewing a variety of birds & mangroves. In the afternoon, take a tour through the fishing village getting to know the way of living of the inhabitants as interpreted by your knowledgeable guide.

    Overnight: Ulumbwa Island Mobile Camp - All Meals Included

  6. Day 5 Dhow Safari

    Mogundula Island is probably one of the most stunning islands in the archipelago giving you a perfect base from which to go bird watching, pristine swimming off the sandbank beach and excellent snorkelling. You usually have this uninhabited island (which is known by the locals as the island with the sacred lake) to yourself!

    Overnight: Mogundula Island Mobile Camp - Full Board

  7. Day 6 Dhow Safari

    Go on a day trip to the Pangane Peninsula and/or Macaloe Island.

    Overnight: Mogundula Island Mobile Camp - All Meals Included

  8. Day 7 Ibo Island

    Transfer from Ulumbwa to Ibo Island where you will stay for the next three nights. At Ibo Island Lodge, it is difficult to choose between being whisked to a deserted sandbank beach or snorkelling amongst dolphins.

    Overnight: Ibo Island Lodge - Full Board

  9. Day 8 Ibo Island

    Learn more about the island's unique culture and heritage and experience Ibo's oceanic wonderland. Diving spots in the region offer shallow sites for the casual diver, and dramatic drops for the more serious.

    Overnight: Ibo Island Lodge - Full Board

  10. Day 9 Ibo Island

    Kayak through the largest mangrove forest in Africa; catch a fish; catch a tan; or simply lie back, soak up the tropical atmosphere by one of the pools or refresh your senses with traditional massage treatments.

    Overnight: Ibo Island Lodge - Full Board

  11. Day 10 Flight Home

    Today you are transferred by light aircraft to Pemba Airpor and your onward journey home.

  12. Depart


Low £ 3,875 $ 5,263
Mid £ 4,690 $ 6,370
High £ 5,190 $ 7,049


  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing a room


  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and guide services as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Internal flights where detailed in the itinerary.


  • International flights.
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, gratuities (discretionary).
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Travel insurance or visa fees.

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