Dhow safari around the islands of the Quirimbas, Mozambique

The pristine islands of the Quirimbas archipelago stretch along the far north coast of Mozambique.  Many of the 30 odd islands are no more than coral atolls, while others are all glaring white sand in a sea of turquoise.  By far the best way to get to the most out of the way reefs and islands is in the slow, ancient way of the ocean traders of the African coast; by wooden dhow.

At Ibo Island, where you stay in an old Portuguese mansion and now a beautiful lodge, you can wander the streets and be surrounded by the vibe of the coastal culture.  Then, by dhow, you stop to snorkel on remote reefs, meet the local fisherman to haggle for your dinner, and explore uninhabited islands for the giant coconut crabs and varied birdlife.  Evenings are spent cooking fresh fish on an open fire under the stars, after which you climb into a comfortable bed in a tent pitched on the sandy beach.  This is the beach holiday for those that want more than just a book and a sun lounger.

Posted by: Amanda Mitchell

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