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Quirimbas Island Hopping

8 days from £2000pp plus international flights.

This unique island hopping tour is one of the best ways to explore the beautiful Quirimbas Archipelago in Northern Mozambique, and particularly Ibo Island. 

Your adventure begins on the lovely uninhabited island of Mogundula, where camp will be set up ready for your arrival. The next day is spent exploring this pristine isle, go walking, swimming or snorkelling - the perfect way to cast off the hectic pace of life of the 21st century.

Your dhow awaits with its experienced crew. Dhow travel has a long established history in this area and is the only way to travel between the islands. Sit back and enjoy the cruise, the crystal clear waters and beautiful island scenery. During your cruise you will have plenty of opportunities to swim and snorkel. These waters have some fabulous coral reefs, and you may also see dolphins, turtles and myriads of fish. This region is also rich in bird life, storks, egrets and heron abound. Discover idyllic island beaches and mangrove forests. You'll meet local fishermen and see rural fishing villages on the various islands in the archipelago.

You spend the first four nights in private island beach camps. These are fully serviced camps - the crew will handle all camp duties leaving you free to relax and enjoy the peace of each special location. All camping and catering equipment is included. Although the facilities will be limited, all camps will offer hot showers. Enjoy delicious meals, freshly cooked over the open fire under the stars. 

Your adventure takes you on to Ibo Island where you have three nights at Ibo Island Lodge with its rooftop restaurant and great views. Ibo was once an important trading centre with 16th century forts and ruins to explore. Your guides will give you chance to meet local people and observe their unique island culture and way of life that has remained unchanged for hundreds of years.

NB This itinerary is entirely dependent on winds and weather conditions and in some instances it may be necessary to change the planned itinerary, to travel in the reverse direction (south to north) and with visits at Quisiva, Mefuno and Quirimba islands replacing Mogundula and Matemo.

Island camp


Arrive at Pemba airport where you will be met and transferred to Mucojo on the coast, about a 3 hour drive. From here you board a dhow for the cruise to Mogundula Island. You stay at a private mobile camp set under the shade of trees and you may well have this magical uninhabited island to yourself! 
Snorkelling on the island hopping holiday


An opportunity to explore Mogundula Island, one of the most beautiful islands in the archipelago. Known by locals as the island with the sacred lake. It provides wonderful bird watching, superb swimming off the sandbank beach and excellent snorkelling.
Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Sailing in the dhow


Depart Mogundula for your exploration of the Quirimbas Archipelago! Board your very own dhow and sail into the clearest of blue water with beautiful corals visible below. There are opportunities for swimming and snorkelling en-route. Your destination today is the coast south of Ulumbwa, where your camp is set up in the open Mozambique bush.
Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Local fishermen on Matemo Island


Enjoy an early morning sail up the Ulumbwa estuary, viewing a variety of birds and mangroves, before heading to Matemo Island, an unspoilt, largely unexplored island paradise, with beautiful white beaches and thousands of palm trees swaying in the breeze. Visit a fishing village and stop on the southern tip of the island for a further chance to explore. Later, sail back to the camp at Ulumbwa. 
Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Ibo Island


Today you set sail for Ibo Island. Once Mozambique's mighty trading centre, Ibo has remained all but forgotten to the outside world for almost a century. Wandering around this colonial little town amongst old forts and ancient romantic buildings you can feel the history and fascinating stories crunching under your feet. You have a guided tour of the town with opportunities to meet the friendly local people and observe their unique island culture, heritage and way of life. Tonight you stay at Ibo Island Lodge. 
Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
The pool at Ibo Island Lodge


A day of relaxation or exploration as you wish. Ibo Island Lodge can arrange various activities and excursions on the island. There is a good range of watersports on offer or you could choose to relax by one of the two swimming pools. Be sure to sample some delicious fresh seafood at the rooftop terrace restaurant and a sundowner later in the day. 
Breakfast, lunch & dinner.


A second day on lovely Ibo Island. You could take a guided nature and bird watching tour, snorkel at a shipwreck site, spend the day on a perfect sandbank beach or hire and bike and explore at your own pace. You could also enjoy an indulgent massage using specially prepared local ingredients. All these and more can be arranged at the lodge, to be paid for locally. 
Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Veranda at Ibo Island Lodge


Today you depart Ibo Island and have a scenic light aircraft flight to Pemba, where the holiday concludes. 
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £2000 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: This is a 2017 guide price. Please ask for prices for the specific dates you're interested in.


Accommodation on a twin share basis including 4 nights at island, river & beach camps (non participation) and 3 nights at Ibo Island Lodge; sleeping bag, pillow and towel for the camping; meals as specified; meet and greet at Pemba and road transfer to Mucoja; 3 day crewed dhow cruise; guided tour of Ibo Island; national park fees and Ibo Island development taxes; light aircraft flight from Ibo Island to Pemba.


International flights; departure taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified; drinks; optional activities; items of a personal nature; tips.

Getting there: This holiday starts and ends in Pemba. International flights from the UK start from around £1,300, depending on season and availability. We will be happy to book your flights for you.

Departure dates: You can either join a scheduled departure (dates shown), or take this as a private tailor made trip which we can plan for you at a time that suits you. 

places you will see

places you will see

Quirimbas Archipelago
Quirimbas Archipelago
A string of islands and natural reserves in Northern Mozambique offering a unique region of remote islands, small villages and historical insight to the Indian Ocean coast. 

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time: No direct flights from the UK, but daily access is via Johannesburg or Dar Es Salaam. There are light aircraft connections to the more remote islands and reserves.

Language: Portuguese is widely spoken in Mozambique and remains the main language. English is understood in a few larger towns.

Visas: Most nationalities do need a visa for Mozambique

Health: This is a malarial area and several vaccinations are receommended.

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