Mozambique, Ibo Island
Johannes, PA5X/C93PA and myself had decided that we wanted to activate an IOTA entity and the reason why we have chosen a destination in Mozambique is partly because Johannes is currently living in Mozambique which has some advantages.
With that in mind we started to search for a suitable location. In fact, we had the choice for 6 different IOTA entities (AF061, 068, 072, 098, 103, 088). There are a couple of criteria to check when looking for a location: situated on the north side of an island (have free take off to US, Europe and Asia if possible), on or very close to the beach, electricity 24 hrs a day, within our affordable price range). We quickly learned that there are lots of nice hotels and resorts but it was not uncommon to have price tags of 500-1500 dollar per day. This became actually the main issue and after checking every location we finally found Baobibo on Ibo island that had an acceptable price range.
Ibo Island is one of 27 islands that from the renowned Quirimbas Archipelago. It is located off of the northern Mozambique coastline near the town of Pemba. It is renowned for its stunning scenery and world-class diving.Ibo Island
Ibo Island has a long and interesting history. Ibo Island was a centre for the slave and ivory trade, and was considered to be an important trading post on the East African coastline for 500 years. Remnants of the Arabs and Portuguese influence can be seen in the local architecture, particularly the old Catholic Church, three forts, and many trading posts. These ruins are from the 1500’s and still harbour many secrets. Visitors can go on tours of the islands and the locals can tell many stories about the pirates, slaves, gold, Ivory and intrigues of days gone by.
It is not just its interesting history that makes Ibo Island a wonderful tourist destination. The island is one of the most pristine beach destinations in the world. The island falls within the Quirimbas National Park which has some of the most un-spoilt reefs in the World. Divers can enjoy some of the best diving in the world. Turtles, Dolphins, Whales are often seen on dives. The Park is also a sanctuary for the rare Dugong. The Island also has a diverse and varied birdlife.