Dos & Donts
Code of conduct
This Code of Conduct, created in consultation with the local community of the Quirimbas, establishes the ethical principles and standards that should guide relations between tourists and the local community within the Quirimbas National Park.
- Remember to pay the Quirimbas National Park entry fee.
- Have a polite, positive and respectful attitude towards the local community. You can greet people by saying ‘Salama!’ or thank with ‘Obrigado/a’
- Avoid wearing revealing clothing when visiting the villages. Avoid short-shorts, mini-skirts, transparent or tights clothes.
- Avoid public displays of affection (e.g kissing).
- If you are visiting during Ramadan, please do not eat in front of local people.
- Photography of government and police buildings is prohibited.
- If you want to help children, avoid giving them cash or handouts, as this will discourage them from attending school and will encourage begging.
- If you want to make a donation, ask your hotel or an official tour guide how to do this.
- Respect the environment and landscape of the island, and dispose of any waste properly.
- Camp in specified sites only.
- Wear long trousers if you are entering public administration offices.
- Ask first if you’d like to take someone’s photograph.
- Support the local economy by purchasing locally produced handicrafts.
- Do not accept tours from strangers who approach you.
In Ibo there are recommended and officially recognised Village Tour Guides, who can be identified by their ID and a uniform of blue t-shirts and caps. Always follow a recommended guide when walking to the Lighthouse and through the mangroves to Qurimbas. They have the local knowledge necessary to ensure your safety.