We did some extensive web search to find this characteristic restored old mansion and scenic place, full of atmosphere, and which had also someting interesting to do on the island.
Our seaside room was spacious with an equally large bathroom and rain shower.
The larger swimming pool and deck next door with sufficient shade under the palm trees and a fabulous view over the bay. The other building had a smaller pool in an enclosed garden.
We had two walks through the small village, but our (hotel) guide needed some stimulus to get some interaction with the villagers, otherwise it would not have been so interesting.
The complimentory early morning breakfast on the sandbank was an exciting trip with the dow. The captain cought actually a fish. Snorkling over the low-tide coral with the many couloured fish, including the poisenous lion fish, was like floating around in a big tropical aquarium. The next day we did another snorkling trip in another location, equally great, but that day the water was choppy and cooler than normal (June). Nonetheless we snorkeled for almost two hours.
Sitting on our own veranda below or at the high breakfast and dinner terras overlooking the bay area was great.
The lunch and dinner meals were a bit disappointing, not really fresh catch and two of the three days the same slice of kingfish including the same dessert (by imported cook from S.A.). We found the wine expensive, considering South Africa is next door.
We did the canoe/kayak trip through the mangrove, against the current. Somewhat interesting, but hard on the lower back because of the low (or no) back support, and not many birds or so. We assumed the birdlife walk would not have been very exciting either.
We could download our e-mail at the reception, but a bit of slow connection.
Although we found that Mozambique is expensive compared with other countries (India, Indonesia), and the island resort is remote, we considered that is was a much better deal comparing it with the Guluda resort in Quirimbas park.
We found communication with reservation service in South Africa excellent and friendly. Good communication about the flights was also appreciated.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibo Island lies in the Quirimbas Archipelago of northern Mozambique. Nominated for World Heritage status Ibo has been described as one of the most unique and atmospheric islands in the world. Ibo offers pristine beach excursions, snorkeling, sea kayaking, dhow sailing, birding, mangrove forests, sumptuous seafood, romance, simplicity, tranquility and a perspective that will change your life forever. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibo Island Hotel Ibo