Ibo Island, Mozambique

Photos taken by David Stanley on Ibo, a small Indian Ocean island off the north coast of Mozambique.
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Local entertainers perform for cruise ship passengers on Ibo Island, Mozambique. Until the arrival of the Portuguese in 1502 Ibo was an Arab trading port.

Local entertainers perform for cruise ship passengers on Ibo Island, Mozambique. Until the arrival of the Portuguese in 1502 Ibo was an Arab trading port.

The Lesser Masked Weaver bird is common on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

The Lesser Masked Weaver bird is common on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

In the early 19th century these cannon protected the Forte de São João Baptista, (1791 on Ibo Island, Mozambique, from attack by Indian Ocean pirates.

In the early century these cannon protected the Forte de São João Baptista, on Ibo Island, Mozambique, from attack by Indian Ocean pirates.

The star-shaped Forte de São João Baptista (1791) defended Ibo Island, Mozambique, against pirate attacks from Reunion and Madagascar. Prior to independence in 1975 political prisoners were held here.

The star-shaped Forte de São João Baptista defended Ibo Island, Mozambique, against pirate attacks from Reunion and Madagascar. Prior to independence in 1975 political prisoners were held here.

Monthly services are still held in the 18th century Igreja de São João Baptista (also known as the Igreja do Rosario) on Ibo Island, Mozambique, although 99 percent of the population is now Muslim.

Monthly services are still held in the century Igreja de São João Baptista (also known as the Igreja do Rosario) on Ibo Island, Mozambique, although 99 percent of the population is now Muslim.

The Marginale up the southwest coast of Ibo Island in the Quirimbas Islands of northern Mozambique is picturesque.

The Marginale up the southwest coast of Ibo Island in the Quirimbas Islands of northern Mozambique is picturesque.

Lesser Masked Weaver birds nest in a treet at Ibo Island Lodge on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

Lesser Masked Weaver birds nest in a treet at Ibo Island Lodge on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

A Museu Maritimo is inside the Forte de São João Baptista on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

A Museu Maritimo is inside the Forte de São João Baptista on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

Avenida do Fortaleza runs from the Indian quarter to the main fort on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

Avenida do Fortaleza runs from the Indian quarter to the main fort on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

A banyan tree holds a crumbing building in a death grip on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

A banyan tree holds a crumbing building in a death grip on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

Rua Maria Pia runs through the old Indian quarter on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

Rua Maria Pia runs through the old Indian quarter on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

Locals out for a stroll on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

Locals out for a stroll on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

Portuguese-era houses and thatched shacks line this quiet back road on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

Portuguese-era houses and thatched shacks line this quiet back road on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

The Fortim de Sao Antonio (1847) offers good views across Ibo Island, Mozambique.

The Fortim de Sao Antonio offers good views across Ibo Island, Mozambique.

Ruined buildings line Rua da República on Ibo Island, Mozambique. For much of the Portuguese period Ibo was the second most important slave port in the region after Mozambique Island.

Ruined buildings line Rua da República on Ibo Island, Mozambique. For much of the Portuguese period Ibo was the second most important slave port in the region after Mozambique Island.

The ruling Frelimo Party has their district headquarters in this colonial building on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

The ruling Frelimo Party has their district headquarters in this colonial building on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

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