Now, the team is ready to develop the island for exclusive eco-tourism, so that we can subsidise the conservation and anti-poaching projects. With the island’s location being quite remote, getting building materials to the island requires a lot of planning and thought.
Ilha do Fogo is over 250kms from the nearest airport, with poorly maintained roads from that point to the nearest land base of Pebane. To get to the island from Pebane is another mission, requiring the use of local skippers and their boats.
The current strategy will see the development of eight units on the island and these units will accommodate 28 guests. Although cyclones are rare in the area during Mozambique’s rainy season in January and February since the island is thankfully in the rain shadow of Madagascar, there still needs to be a consideration for the possibility of a storm. Therefore, anything erected on the island must be able to withstand a hurricane.
There is a lot of work ahead, and we will be keeping our followers abreast of the construction as it unfolds. We’ve already had a hugely positive impact on the poaching activity, which has ceased since we established occupancy. However, this is not a solution. The poachers have likely moved to one of the other uninhabited islands close by. Once we have instituted a base on the island, another goal will be to set up patrols on the neighbouring islands in the archipelago and monitor activity in the area.
If you’re an advance+ SCUBA diver interested in an exclusive, bucket-list adventure tour to our Fire Island, please get in touch. You will have the unique opportunity to explore the incredible fauna and flora around the island’s 150km of awe-inspiring, flawless reef.
Look out for Part Two of our blog, coming soon…