Ibo Island Lodge is the ONLY operator to offer fully guided tailor made mobile island hopping dhow safaris. The dhow safaris are led by a pro guide experienced in these waters, and are backed up by a 12 meter beautiful support dhow with a skipper, crew and chef on board. You don’t sleep on board - instead mobile camps are set up on various tropical islands and special spots. The camps are eco friendly and rustic with all the necessary equipment. You are able to walk around and explore the island,kayak,swim, snorkel or just relax.
All safaris include the magic and comfort of Ibo Island Lodge at the end of the safari: Outstanding guided historical and cultural interactions, sandbank beach experience, guided bird walks, kayaking through mangrove forests and much more.
5 Night Dhow Safari itinerary:
DAY 1: PEMBA TO IBO ISLAND:
A beautiful light aircraft flight over the islands and turquoise waters transfers you from Pemba International Airport to Ibo Island Lodge. Overnight at Ibo Island Lodge. Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to clients own expense.
DAY 2: IBO ISLAND 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, but before enjoy an early morning sail up the Ulumbwa estuary viewing a variety of birds & mangroves that thrive in this area. 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. Set up our camp at Matemo (NON participation mobile camp). Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to 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 of swim. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to clients own expense.
DAY 4 & 5: MATEMO 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 Kissingers cocktails, and book a massage for the ultimate island pamper. Marine based optional activities are also available at Ibo – a full PADI dive centre, sea kayaking, snorkeling and the most popular of all our dolphin encounter safaris. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All drinks to clients own expense.
DAY 6: 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 to clients own expense.
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