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Review of Quirimbas Kayak

Quirimbas Kayak
Reviewed 18 May 2013

Its odd that this activity is on the Maputo page when this is a holiday package offered by Ibo Island Lodge. Kayaking in Ibo is fantastic but we found this to be a not very real "package". If we had have booked at Ibo Island lodge and went out on a Kayak we would have had the same thing. Also, most other accommodation providers on Ibo offer kayaks as well so be suspicious.

Thank TMGy
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Reviewed 22 April 2013

They use stable glassfibre kayaks that look so much better in that setting than plastic boats. You can get really inside the mangrove forests and also get to paddle around Ibo Island seeing the island from the seaside. Great way to become part of the Quirimba way of life.

Thank teresa a
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

I've covered a lot of this in my Ibo Island Lodge Hotel review, but since few people have reviewed this separately, I thought I would.

Our trip started in the north and worked its way south, unlike the previous review, so we started at the stunning private island of Mogundula. The food was fantastic - with special meals being supplied for me as a vegetarian and another couple requiring Kosher food - and even ran to the cook baking fresh bread each morning on the fire; no oven! Amazing.

The kayaks were good, but similar to the previous review, the winds were against us so we also didn't kayak between islands much, but did a lot of kayaking around the islands and mangroves. We did kayak from Quirimisi Point to Ibo Island on the last day - 3+hours for 18km into the wind and against the tide - but I'd come to kayak between islands and wasn't going to go home without doing it! Cosmo, our guide, happily paddled another kayak with another guest (who wasn't doing much paddling at all!) and it was all we could do to keep up with him - he was an impressive kayaker! :-) And also great at pointing out the best bits of coral to snorkel at, and explaining the night skies.

We really enjoyed meeting the local people, the quality camping, the social gathering around the camp-fire each night, the great food, and keeping the Ibo Island Lodge Hotel as the prize at the end of the kayaking made for a great finish to the trip!

The whole team supporting us were terrific and friendly, and I really can't recommend this enough.

Thank Keith R
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

Ibo island lodge for a couple of days, then supplies loaded, off on our old Arabic dhow with the kayaks stored safely on board. Surprisingly the Kayaks were fibreglass, quite new with a rudder to steer! After 4 hours or so on the dhow we arrive at darumba island, our first stop. It's an inhabited island so lots of giggling children came to look at our curious faces. After pitching camp we went off around the mangrove swamps for a few hours to observe the wildlife and learn how to handle the boats. As this was a family holiday, for us that meant kayak races, bumping into each other and of course capsizing! Our first night in the tents was fabulous, so dark and quiet, after a fish supper around the campfire. We spent the next day meeting the villagers and kayaking again , before setting off on day 3 to Mogundula island, our private paradise. We did sea kayak for the first hour but the waves and tides became too strong so we managed the very complicated, and hilarious process of clambering on board the dhow, in the middle of the rough sea, kayaks and all! This island was so beautiful-very green in the centre with a swampy lake , rocks around half the island and two beautiful small sandy beaches. As the tide recedes, a long sand spit emerges which was perfect for shell hunting, playing in the sand, and swimming. Camp was set up, with our tent perched right on the rocks by the sea. The tents had camp beds in with basic bedding, we had a table and chairs to sit at and eat meals . A hole was duly dug for the toilet tent and we even had a kind of shower tent, with water heated and put up high in a bag witha small tap! Not really luxury camping but the most glamourous we had done. Each night we sat round the camp fire with a glass of wine or beer, ate our dinner, usually fish, and struggled to keep awake til 8.30 which we deemed a suitable time to retire to bed. The noise of the sea at night was really loud, and we had the occasional windy night. Our days we spent snorkelling off the dhow, kayaking to coral islands, exploring the island etc,we spent 4 nights there. The early morning snorkels, leaving at 5.30, sailing to a suitable spot, then plunging into the freezing water was a real highlight. The coral was unbelievable, as there is nothing to damage or pollute: the fish beautiful, though we have probably seen better and more of them in the Maldives and the caribbean. Back to a hot cooked breakfast.
Best things - our island with its sunsets, our guide, sea kayaking, camping , the laughs we had as a family together
Not so good- we thought we would be kayaking more between the islands, but the time of year we went meant the tides were very strong and the winds, so the kayaking needed to be more localised A few hours on the kayak were actually really hard work, and we are a pretty fit family with 3 strong teenagers! One of my boys is not a fish fan, so he didn't eat much that week - take bars etc with you! The sea was colder than we thought.
The kayaking holiday was run by Ibo island lodge, which was also amazing. Fabulous memories and photos, and what stories the children will remember.

Thank roxysam
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