Ibo Island Lodge
Ibo Island, Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique
Ibo Island is the largest of 32 tropical islands that make up the beautiful Quirimbas Archipelago. The lodge offers accommodation in 14 air-conditioned rooms set in a beautifully restored traditional building. Ibo Island is full of fascinating history.
At a Glance
To make the most of your experience, follow the tides. Allow your hosts to advise your schedule
Have dinner at the fort for a truly memorable experience
A visit to Ibo is not complete without a trip to the tidal sandbank
Large and very comfortable en-suite rooms. Massive Zanzibari beds, ceiling fans and air conditioning if you need them
Ibo is a fascinating island with a rich cultural history, an early morning guided tour is not to be missed
Have a romantic lunch in the middle of the isolated sand bank - you will have to pinch yourselves that you are not actually dreaming!Camilla Whitworth
Wander around the island with a guide learning about its incredible history.Camilla Whitworth
White, crumbling colonial buildings of Ibo town are a photographers paradise.Camilla Whitworth
Take an early morning guided bird walk and try and spot the gorgeous bush shrikeLouisa Ross-Taylor
The roof top bar is the place to be at sunset, watch the dhows sailing past and the waders working their way around the flats. It’s one heck of a g&t spotScott Dunn team
Accept that the tides rule the order of the day. Go with the lodge suggestions, the activities are all fantastic, each is very differentScott Dunn team
Meet our specialists
To start planning your vacation to Ibo Island Lodge
As one of the most unique and magical islands, Ibo Island was once Mozambique’s mighty trading center, in the Quirimbas Archipelago National Park, Northern Mozambique - it has remained all but forgotten to the outside world for almost a century. The interior of Ibo is a bushy habitat, which spills over onto coral reefs, mangrove forests and little coves. The waters surrounding Ibo are home to pristine sandbank beaches where dolphins, turtles and a varied marine life live.
Ibo Island Lodge encompasses three mansions each over one hundred years old with walls over a meter thick and lofty high ceilings. Accommodation is split between two of the mansions with the third serving as the main area.
The large, en-suite rooms are individually designed, and boast antiques and handcrafted furniture, with magnificent wooden doors and shutters that evoke the building’s original design. The wide verandas and outdoor spaces are adorned with mahogany and teak day beds, carved by some of the island’s most skilled artisans and decorated with cushions covered in vibrant local fabrics.
Meals feature freshly grown organic vegetables, herbs and fruits and combine traditional specialties with fresh local seafood. Romantic dinners are served on the tranquil verandas or on the rooftop terrace all with awesome views over the sea.
Accommodation is in 14 en-suite rooms. The high lofty ceilings, indigenous solid teak, and mahogany handcrafted furniture all provide an opulent experience. Bathrooms have twin basins and large marble showers which are designed to feel like an outdoor shower, just a little less revealing. Rooms are either bay or garden facing and all have air-conditioning and ceiling fans.
There are no specific childcare facilities however children are most welcome and there are plenty of activities to occupy them. Food and meal times can easily be tailored to suit the younger guest and baby sitting can also be arranged where necessary.
The tropical gardens are planted with frangipani, bougainvillea and palms with two fresh water swimming pools providing the perfect escape from the tropical heat. There is a lovely rooftop terrace where cocktails and frosty Mozambican beer can always be found.
There are fantastic diving and snorkeling opportunities from Ibo Island Lodge and is a registered PADI dive center, also a trip to the nearby isolated sand bank is a very popular excursion. Other options include a trip to explore Ibo Island town, the silversmiths tour, kayaking and bird watching. Sailing in the traditional dhow sailing boats and fishing is also on offer.
Location & Directions
Ibo Island, Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique
Ibo Island Lodge is situated on the Indian Ocean paradise of Ibo Island, just north of the small town of Pemba in the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago in northern Mozambique. Ibo Island is just one of a string of 32 tropical islands that make up the breathtakingly beautiful Quirimbas Archipelago.
When to go
Sunshine, blue skies and temperatures averaging between 24°C and 27°C along the coast are the norm, except during the rainy summer season from about December/January through to April when everything gets soggy and sticky, and temperatures exceed 30°C in some areas.
The best time to visit is from May/June to November, during the cooler dry season.