Ibo Island Lodge is arguably the most attractive of the destinations in the Quirimbas Archipelago because it combines beautiful beaches and warm waters with a historic and cultural experience. It is situated on the famous waterfront, which was once the centre of a grand trading port - and dhows still sail out to sea at high tide.
The lodge itself is set apart from the town, offering privacy and seclusion. It is made up of three magnificent mansions, a reminder of the island's glory days, with unqiue, thick coral and lime walls and high raised ceilings. Of the 14 rooms, some are sea facing with views showcasing a forgotten paradise while others focus on the garden which is lush with bougainvilleas, frangipani and palm trees. Each room is individually designed and unique, with air-conditioning, wide verandahs and private bathrooms. A trio of swimming pools offer guests the opportunity to sip on a cocktail and ward off the midday heat. For those who wish to relax with a good novel, the air-conditioned lounge is well suited for such pursuits. When wining and dining, you'll have the choice between a private dining room and the roof terrace restaurant, Bela Vista.
Ibo Island has quite a history! It served as a prosperous and important trading post for Arabs, Indians and Portuguese for about 500 years. Grand colonial buildings, majestic mansions and forebearing forts lined the town as pirates and slave traders roamed the seas. Now most of these buildings are in ruins but it is fascinating to wander the streets with history behind almost every stone as you get a glimpse of what this island was like. It isn't surprising that it has been nominated as a World Heritage Site. When you've had your cultural fix, there are plenty of other activites to indulge in, including island hopping, water sports, bird safaris and sea-kayaking.