Sail away for the day on a traditional Swahili dhow. Our full day adventure departs at 9am from the northern end of Ilha. We sail out of Mossuril Bay, past the mighty Fortaleza de São Sebastião and arrive on the deserted headland of the Cabaceira peninsula where we make our way up to the sacred Baobabs.

IMG_7078While the crew prepare a sumptuous seafood lunch, Abdul takes you along the sand dunes to find more paradise.

Swim in the sparkling turquoise waters and laze on the dazzling white sands of Varanda beach. Weave in and out with the brightly coloured tropical fish in the crystal clear waters of Coral Lodge lagoon.  Explore private beach coves and the miniature eco-systems of myriad rockpools.

Enjoy a lunch of locally caught fish carefully prepared by Ayuba with a special blend of fresh lime and piri-piri, traditional hand-grated coconut rice and fresh salads. Relax under the shade of the towering Baobabs and hear stories of the ceremonial practices and rituals that have continued up until recent times.

Twist and turn through the tangled mangrove forests to Cabaceira Pequena and learn about Siri Siri, a wild harvest food plant that is the main ingredient for the local Matapa dish.  Visit the traditional lime kilns where you r guide will explain the centuries old lime-making process in all its stages.

IMG_7172In the 16th century when the Portuguese occupied Ilha de Moçambique, the Swahili trading population evacuated across to Cabaceira. Walking through the old Swahili village at Cabaceira Pequena with Abdul is a very special experience. He and his family before him all grew up here. There is ample opportunity to interact with the locals and feel the rhythm of village life.

Meanwhile your dhow has sailed around to meet you at the beach. All you have to do now is climb aboard and sail off into the ultimate African sunset. A perfect day.