How do I get from Nampula or Nacala to Ilha de Mozambique? There are two options. The first is a private taxi – safe and reliable these can be arranged through your accommodation provider. Currently its about $100 each way – obviously better if there’s a few of you to share the cost. The alternative is local minibus or chapa. Chapas are not very comfortable and can take twice as long to complete the journey, but they not that bad and if its an authentic experience you want then look no further.
We don’t recommend arranging a taxi at the airport as these cars are not reliable and so only good for short journeys
What should I do about money? The answer is simple – use the ATM. Their are currently 3 ATMs and each dispenses local currency. Visa and Mastercard work best. Foreign banknotes including Dollars, Euro and Rand are not in demand and can be near impossible to exchange
Can I pay for my tour in Metacais, the local currency? Yes you can. In fact this is what we prefer if you pay in the shop
Are Credit Cards accepted everywhere? Most businesses (but not all) now have POS machines. Ilha Blue accepts Visa and Mastercard. Most hotels and restaurants also take cards. For attractions, local restaurants and informal tours its strictly cash payments
When is the whale migration? Fishermen are the first to report the arrival of the whales sometime in July. The whales are at their highest concentration (and most acrobatic) through August and September and leave in early October.
How far ahead should I book things? This is a tricky one. If you are staying more than a week you have the flexibility to book tours and activities as you go. If your stay is only 2 or 3 days then you don’t want to risk missing out so book well in advance. Most people at least book a bike tour for the day they arrive or next morning (the perfect orientation to people and place), you might also want to consider booking your whale trip as this is high season and the whole boat gets booked out
How safe is the island? “Welcome to the village.” Its the strong sense of community that makes Ilha the safest place you will ever visit. Thats worth repeating “the safest place you will ever visit”. So let go your worries, relax on the beaches and wander the streets and alleys, day or night, with complete peace of mind
Is Ilha good for kids? Short answer – YES! Many families now visit Ilha with stays of a week or longer becoming more popular. For teenagers there are all kinds of water based activities to keep them busy and smaller kids can just enjoy the friendly nature of this family focused place. Its easy to make friends and everybody is watching out for the kids – just see how quickly little routines develop with visits to favourite shops, cafe’s and other hang-outs.