Mozambique, Ilha do Ibo (Day 1)
The Quirimbas Islands are a paradise not known yet by mass tourism and a fabulous destination that has much to offer: unspoiled vegetation, white beaches, crystal clear water and rich marine life. The Quirimbas form an archipelago of 32 islands with different size , off to the coast of northern Mozambique. The best way to visit this pearl of Africa is camping on Ibo Island. There are 2 options to get there, the first and hardest is with local transports, the easiest is by flight from Pemba.
We get here after a very long trip with local transports. At first we take the bus from Namialo city (you can take it from Pemba or Ilha the Mocambique), and after a 9 hours ride, we get off a few kilometers from Pemba. Here, with the help of the local people, we jump into a car until we arrive to Tanganhague jetty, where we take a wooden boat to Ibo. Surely it’s better take a flight but using the local transports in Africa is always a unique and fun experience. They run, but you don’t know when! It is a very old city, one of the most ancient settlements in Mozambique and a combination of Portuguese, Indian, Arabian and African influences.
The first day we want to discover all the beauty of the place. Along the old streets of the town, we meet a young local guy, by name Abu, that offer to help us. After visiting the fort Joao Baptista, the church with the old colonial stone houses and the small market, we decide to have a nice trip along the island to reach the old portuguese lighthouse.
The excursion is very interesting, under a very hot sun, it takes us almost 4 hours (round trip) passing through mangrove swamp, reefs, beaches lined with high palm trees. Once got the lighthouse, a small white building no longer in use, we take a a few pics , then, since it’s not possible to swim in this area, we head back to see the sunset along the Ibo beach. In front of us a wonderful view: the red sun dips below the sea while the low tide is showing us many mangroves in the middle of the water.