Photoblog: holidaying on Mozambique’s Ibo Island

Posted by A on 8 September 2014

Ibo Island in the Quirimbas, Mozambique is a magical place: full of beauty, forgotten secrets and a people that welcomed me in with their local cuisine, rich history and friendly hospitality. I was lucky enough to visit Ibo Island for a feature in our September 2014 issue: here’s a glimpse into this gorgeous holiday destination.

The eight-day dhow and lodge safari was a great way to combine a little luxury with the adventure of a camping safari. After a few days at the lodge, we sailed by dhow to explore the many little islands dotted along the coast.

Photography is one of my passions, and the island served up limitless opportunities to capture a piece of this Indian Ocean island. Here are a couple of photographs from this awesome holiday.

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Local dhows returning home after the day’s catch. Photo by Claudia Hodkinson.


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Dreamy sunsets and sundowners by the pool go hand-in-hand. Photo by Claudia Hodkinson.


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The beaches of the Quirimbas Archipelago are ideal for swimming. Photo by Claudia Hodkinson.


catch of the day, fish

Fresh fish, lobster, prawns and calamari top the menu daily. Photo by Claudia Hodkinson.


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Dhow-dreaming: beautiful colours and textures of a life at sea. Photo by Claudia Hodkinson.


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The island is full of picturesque buildings with a Portuguese influence. Photo by Claudia Hodkinson.



Sometimes, camping doesn’t have to mean roughing it. This is one of those times. Photo by Claudia Hodkinson.


Coconut, mozambique, quirimbas

If you’re lucky, a local will climb a tree for a coconut and split it open for you to indulge on. Photo by Claudia Hodkinson.


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I loved visiting the jewelers of Ibo Island in the historic forteleza. Photo by Claudia Hodkinson.



It was wonderful to meet the local kids of the island. Photo by Claudia Hodkinson.

For the full feature of what to do in Ibo Island, get your copy of our September issue.

Ready to experience the Quirimbas in Mozambique for yourself? Check out this eight day dhow safari from Getaway Travel, which includes local flights, all meals, three nights at Ibo Island Lodge, four nights island hopping with serviced camping, guided tours and professional crew.


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