Reviews of Ibo Island Lodge
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A charming Lodge with a good conscience
Ibo Island Lodge is a beautifully restored, but not over done, colonial building which faces the sea.
Our family had one of the three buildings to ourselves so it felt very private indeed. The rooms are huge and airy and the bathrooms the biggest I have ever seen! It was lovely to sit on the veranda in the morning drinking the tea or coffee that is brought to your room. The food, served on the upper terrace or lunch in the garden, was delicious. All the staff were friendly and helpful and the service very good.
What we really liked about Ibo is that it is very much part of the community on the island. The Lodge is supporting various initiatives, such as the Silver Smithing and education, in order to help the development of the island but very much with the inclusion of the local people. The history and culture tours were both very interesting and gave a lot of insight into the present and past lives of the islanders.
It is very easy to visit the Quirimbas Islands and have little contact with the local people and we all felt that Ibo Lodge gave us this experience.
Remote paradise with lots of character
Ibo Island was truly a unique and wonderful place - after 8 nights I felt almost like a part of the family and community.
Ibo Lodge's "own" temporary sandbank has to be experienced to be belived - snorkelling, relaxing or walking on the soft sand - all in the middle of the ocean and not a soul in sight. When not relaxing on the sandbank or around the lodge, the variety of options to explore different aspects of the island, its fascinating history or the mangroves were equally enjoyable.
Ibo Lodge's staff were wonderfully friendly and every lover of seafood will not want to leave again - lobster, crab, shrimp, fish, etc. all fresh from the surrounding waters (although I did enjoy the beef filet one evening to mix things up a bit).
In my view, Ibo can only be recommended for anyone looking for a unique island experience away from the masses.
Ibo Island Lodge review
An interesting and enjoyable experience.
We sshould have got some local currency from the ATM at Pemba airport, which would have enabled us to buy things in the village.