Conservation – Dive Quirimbas

The Dive Quirimbas activity centre on Ibo Island is making a huge effort to enforce sustainable conservation ethics in the Quirimbas Marine National Park. This is very important if people and natural resources are to survive together.

The northern tip of Ibo Island hosts a resident pod of dolphins and the stunning lighthouse coral reef – both of which are highly vulnerable to big fishing boats with big fishing nets. As a result, Ibo Island Lodge, Dive Quirimbas, the Quirimbas National Park and the local community are working towards establishing a No Fishing Zone here. Only local Ibo fisherman with their small cascinas and lines will be allowed to take fish to sustain their livelihoods.

Hopefully this will also stop turtle and shark poaching in the region. The conservation of biodiversity is the encompassing ethic at Ibo Island Lodge and Dive Quirimbas in Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago. Ibo Island Lodge recognizes the important role of eco-tourism today where both people and environment benefit.

Employing local people from Ibo Island assists in preserving the region’s natural resources for future generations and boosts the lodge in the eyes of tourism.  Conservation education aims to reduce the impacts local people may have on threatened natural resources.

When it comes to diving with dolphins, Dive Quirimbas activity centre is very proud to be an Ethical Marine Mammal Campaigner in Mozambique and supporter of the Dolphincare code of conduct. With the help of The Dolphin Centre crew in Ponta Do Ouro, Dive Quirimbas makes sure that both the diver’s experience and the dolphin’s best interests are being catered for.

Ibo Island Lodge uses the regulated Swim Code of Conduct which was specifically created to ensure a sustainable eco-friendly approach.

The Quirimbas Archipelago supplies crucial habitat for feeding turtles, crab plovers and migratory birds and is also an important nursery area for bottlenose and humpback dolphins and whales. Diverse corals grow in the National Park due to several underwater channels running deep near Quilalea, Ibo and Matemo Islands. Mangroves, sea grasses, sandy and rocky shores all have high biodiversity value in the Archipelago.

Lucky divers will find abundant marine species including Loggerhead turtles, Green, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley and Leatherback turtles. Humpback whales visit the region where they shelter their calves between July and November each year. Look out for the Common, Spinner, Bottle nose and Humpback dolphins, Zambezi, Tiger and Black and White Tip Sharks.