Journey by local means of transports along the shores of Mozambique through the archipelago of the Quirimbas Islands, a natural paradise where you can enjoy beautiful beaches, crystal clear water and wild nature. A trip away from mass tourism and in close contact with locals, through ancient colonial cities and small fishing villages.
1° day: NAMPULA – ILHA DE MOCAMBIQUE (by Chapas)
2° day: ILHA DE MOCAMBIQUE – GOA ISLAND – ILHA DE MOCAMBIQUE (by fishing boat)
3° day: ILHA DE MOCAMBIQUE – SETE PAUS ISLAND – PRAIA CARRUSCA (by fishing boat)
4° day: CARRUSCA – NAMIALO – NACAROA – METORO – METUGE – QUISSANGA – ILHA DO IBO (Chapas to Namialo, then Bus to Pemba getting down at Quissanga intersection; 4×4 with a local to Quissanga, motorised boat to Ibo)
6° Day: ILHA DO IBO
7° Day: ILHA DO IBO – SANDBANK ISLAND – ILHA DO IBO (by fishing boat)
8° Day: ILHA DO IBO – QUIRIMBA ISLAND – ILHA DO IBO (hike and fishing boat)
9° Day: ILHA DO IBO – MATEMO ISLAND (fishing boat)
10° Day: MATEMO – ILHA MOGUNDULA – PANGANE (fishing boat)
11° Day: PANGANE – MACALOE – PANGANE (fishing boat)
12° Day: PANGANE – MACOMIA – PEMBA (by chapas)
13° Day: PEMBA
14° Day: PEMBA
15° Day: PEMBA – NAMPULA (flight)
Need to know
|1. When to go
The best season for visiting the country is during the dry months from May/June to September/October when the weather is cooler and more pleasant. The hot and rainy season is from November to March.
2. Mean of transports
We did the trip using local carriers, and it was a journey on the journey. You never know when they depart or arrive at the destination either, but, above all, they are always crowded, and you feel like to be in a sardine box. We took big buses, small van (called Chapas), and fishing boat to sail through the Quirimbas Archipelago. There is no ticket office or timetable for the buses or Chapas, therefore ask the local when you reach the bus station. We haggled the price for the fishing boat with a local fisherman directly on Ilha do Ibo.
Alternatively, if you want to make it easier, you can contact one of the few accommodations on the island of Ibo and arrange with them your tour through the Archipelago. We suggest contacting Miti Miwiri, a friendly and affordable accommodation managed by a German man who has been living on the island for many years. The closest city (and airport) to the archipelago is the beautiful Pemba.
Medium range. We booked directly on the spot. Anyways, you can have a look with Booking.com.
We mostly ate in small local restaurants, anyway, on Ibo Island you have to eat in your accommodation.
5. Currency exchange
We have to change your currency (better if US dollars) in the bank of the big cities (Nampula, Pemba, Ilha de Mocambique). The accommodations often accept US dollars too.
We never leave without insurance since it’s the most important thing when travelling. We got our comprehensive protection with Worldnomads.
7. Guide book
Our favourite guide book is the Lonely Planet.