29 April

The Travelhadores

The Travelhadores

The ‘Travelhadores’ – the Northern Mozambique Tourism Workers Exchange has commenced. The concept of the Travelhadores (a play on the Portuguese term for workers trabalhadores) is to give tourism workers in the north of Mozambique the opportunity to experience other tourism operations, to share ideas and best practices and to experience tourism. Seven of us […]

5 March

ARTA awards – We’ve been longlisted!

ARTA awards – We’ve been longlisted!

ARTA awards – We’ve been longlisted! African Responsible Tourism Awards – Ilha Blue Island Safaris, Nominee for Best for Engaging People and Culture (https://bettertourismafrica.org) We’re very proud to stand alongside an inspiring group of responsible tourism businesses. The competition is tough and so it should be. There are no shortcuts to becoming a responsible tourism […]

4 December

Best excursions available

Best excursions available

Ilha Blue is an event company run by a wonderful couple named Pete and Gail. They are savvy and knowledgeable about all things Ilha and a few minutes chat with them will result in the perfect outing being arranged. Thomas O View our tours

4 December

Wonderful experience

Wonderful experience

We booked two trips: the biking tour and the beach-baobab combo. The former trip was amazing. Perfect way to visit the island. The bikes are comfortable, the pace is relaxing and we learned a lot from our wonderful guide. The visit to the beach was also good but we preferred the bike tour. The beach […]

4 December

Fun things to do on the island

Fun things to do on the island

I love Ilha de Mozambique with all its history. One of the best ways to learn about it is to go on a gentle cycle tour with Ilha Blue around the Island, visiting all the historic places. The bikes are old Royal Mail delivery bikes which make the trip more unique. Ilha Blue organise other […]

9 November

Ilha Blue is the best!

Ilha Blue is the best!

Ilha blue makes the tour experience personalised and fun. The food was delicious, the staff were friendly, and the places we visited were stunning — highly, highly recommend doing a tour with them on Ilha! TM Fox – Boston, USA

9 November

Excellent daytrip

Excellent daytrip

The dhow trip from Moz Island was fantastic. The Ilha Blue team are great and the food was excellent. Once you are in Ilha, please organise with them. Highly recommend. Antonio – Maputo, Mozambique View this tour

9 November

Beautiful sunset boat tour!

Beautiful sunset boat tour!

We did the sunset boat tour around Ilha with Ilha Blue and had a wonderful time. The Ilha Blue staff was very warm and professional, and showed us around the beautiful island. Sunset is also a great time of day to be out on the water. All in all, I would highly recommend using Ilha […]

9 November

Stunning view of Ilha at sunset on a gorgeous dhow… with the best people!!

Stunning view of Ilha at sunset on a gorgeous dhow… with the best people!!

I’m pretty sure the title says it all… I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the sunset boat trip around Ilha with Gail and Pete from Ilha Blue. Especially at the end, jumping off the boat and taking a swim and then having drinks by the fortaleza. Magical experience and a must-do! Denny – Ilha de […]

9 November

Great day out! Not to be missed!

Great day out! Not to be missed!

We try to adventure with Ilha Blue whenever we can. The boat trips are fantastic, the bike trips are fabulous. Don’t miss the awesome adventures with these guys. Best way to relax and see the island and it’s surrounds! TripAdvisor reviewer View our tours

9 November

Adventures in Ilha

Adventures in Ilha

I had the pleasure of going to Ilha recently and was quite impressed with the variety of tours offered by Ilha Blue. Although I only had time for the boat, snorkelling and kayak activities, it was clear that these tours were well organised, the guides were very knowledgeable of the area and the waters, and […]

9 November

Excellent!

Excellent!

What a wonderful way to tour the island. There were lots of options, land and sea. The guides were terrific and personable. Anthony – Toronto, Canada View our tours

9 November

Great time!

Great time!

I traveled solo in Ilha de Mocambique. Ilha Blue tours were part of a great experience. Going on a guided tour on bike around the island was a great way to enter inside the historical atmosphere. Seeing a beautiful sunset from the dhow, going to see the whales and having lunch on a beautiful little […]

8 November

Adventures with Ilha Blue

Adventures with Ilha Blue

Ilha Blue is without doubt one of the best tourism operators whose services me and my family have requested during our trips. With a broad offer of activities for all tastes and budgets Ilha Blue allows one to unveil the beauty of the marvellous Mozambique Island in way one could not do by himself. The […]

8 November

Great snorkelling outside Ilha de Mocambique and Goa Island!

Great snorkelling outside Ilha de Mocambique and Goa Island!

We took two trips with Ilha Blue. First was the kayaking combined with snorkelling around the Island. The snorkelling was actually surprisingly good, especially outside the eastern part of Ilha de Moçambique, where the corals had great colour! The second trip we took was to Goa Island for snorkelling on an old wreck. The snorkelling […]

8 November

Highly recommended if you’re visiting Ilha

Highly recommended if you’re visiting Ilha

We went on two trips with Ilha – snorkelling on a shipwreck near Goa Island and a kayaking/snorkelling trip. Both were excellent – the former in particular was a wonderful experience. We really liked Peter, Gail and their team – laid back but efficient, strong emphasis on building local capacity and skills and the things […]

8 November

Biking and kayaking – the best combination to discover Ilha de Mozambique!

Biking and kayaking – the best combination to discover Ilha de Mozambique!

The island is small, but if you would only walk on it you would get tired soon. So it was a very good idea to book the guided bicycle tour. We drove and stopped and got information about special houses, streets, history and went on – everything in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere and a […]

12 June

Celebrations, Awards and Parties

Celebrations, Awards and Parties

At Ilha Blue we have started the season off in fine style, winning another Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award (that makes three years in a row!). And on the same day it was announced that Ilha Blue has been nominated for the 2016 World Responsible Tourism awards. We’re honoured and thrilled to be side […]

14 March

1st visit to Ilha de Moçambique

1st visit to Ilha de Moçambique

The Ilha Blue group assisted by making this an memorable experience. Whether it be by taking a bike ride on the Island with historical information provided by a excellent guide or going out on the water with a kayak to snorkel and experience the magnificent scenes under the water. Thanks to the management and team […]

14 March

Camping on Cobras Island

Camping on Cobras Island

A friend and I took the dhow trip out to Cobras Island and really enjoyed it. Our own little desert island for a day. The tiny beach where we camped was lovely with amazing rock formations. Kayaking around the lagoon was surreal, it felt totally cut off from the outside world among the mangroves and […]

14 March

Perfect Ilha experience!

Perfect Ilha experience!

A beautiful sunset sailing culminating in a swim and drinks with the fortress as a stunning backdrop. Thanks Gail for hosting us! Raewyn – Cambridge, New Zealand View this tour

14 March

Beautiful Trip

Beautiful Trip

We drove from Nampula to Ilha de Mocambique. Had a great time as we were able to enjoy the view through the windows of our tourist bus. There was water all over and it was crystalline blue with lots of greenery surrounding it. Enjoyed the tour, we saw the fort which is a nice tourist […]

14 March

Adventures with Ilha Blue

Adventures with Ilha Blue

Ilha Blue is without doubt one of the best tourism operators whose services me and my family have requested during our trips. With a broad offer of activities for all tastes and budgets Ilha Blue allows one to unveil the beauty of the marvellous Mozambique Island in a way one could not do by himself. […]

14 March

Great snorkelling outside Ilha de Mocambique and Goa Island!

Great snorkelling outside Ilha de Mocambique and Goa Island!

We took two trips with ilha blue. First was the kayaking combined with snorkeling around the Island. The snorkelling was actually suprisingly good, especially outside the eastern part of Ilha de Moçambique, where the corals had great colour! The second trip we took was to Goa Island for snorkeling on an old wreck. The snorkeling […]

14 March

Highly recommended if you’re visiting Ilha

Highly recommended if you’re visiting Ilha

We went on two trips with Ilha – snorkelling on a shipwreck near Goa Island and a kayaking/snorkelling trip. Both were excellent – the former in particular was a wonderful experience. We really liked Peter, Gail and their team – laid back but efficient, strong emphasis on building local capacity and skills and the things […]

14 March

Biking and kayaking – the best combination to discover Illha de Mozambique!

Biking and kayaking – the best combination to discover Illha de Mozambique!

The island is small, but if you would only walk on it you would get tired soon. So it was a very good idea to book the guided bicycle tour. We drove and stopped and got information about special houses, streets, history and went on – everything in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere and a […]

20 November

Just sublime…

Just sublime…

First, there is no way anyone will be less than thrilled with their experience with Ilha Blue. The setting is spectacular and the trip was wonderful. But more importantly, Pete and Gail have created the type of business that makes you proud to support. They have generated meaningful employment for some wonderful local people. Their […]

8 March

Our responsible tourism committment

Our responsible tourism committment

In 2015 Ilha Blue will continue with our commitment to responsible tourism and that includes a promise to only employ people from Ilha de Mozambique. This keeps the money in the local economy so its good for the island, and it’s good for Islanders because it gives them a chance to build their skills and […]

19 May

The best job in the world

The best job in the world

    In 2014 Ilha Blue will focus more on the marine environment and we would like a volunteer to help us to improve our marine tourism program. The waters around Ilha De Moçambique team with life, but like other parts of the Indian Ocean overfishing and other human activities are impacting in a detrimental […]

26 March

More holiday time and better, cheaper flights to Northern Mozambique?

More holiday time and better, cheaper flights to Northern Mozambique?

Nacala International Airport in Mozambique is expected to start operating in August of this year. This is great news as it should lead to more flight options and hopefully cheaper travel for visitors and residents alike According to Club of Mozambique the work will be finished by the end of the first quarter of 2015. […]

26 March

An unforgettable experience – the adventurous should take note!

An unforgettable experience – the adventurous should take note!

I spent a good amount of time on Mozambique Island, a truly captivating location with a rich, preserved culture and a low-key, low-tourist atmosphere that leads you to feel as though you are making a discovery. I happened to meet the owners at a local spot and they convinced me to try out the kayak […]

26 March

The best experience ever!

The best experience ever!

I spent a couple of months in Ilha and soon I met Peter and Gail. The fun, happy, extremely friendly couple soon became my greatest friends there. Ilha by itself is a fantastic place. I travelled through 50 different countries and I have never seen a place like this. And the idea of showing the […]

26 March

A true local experience

A true local experience

My partner and I were lucky enough to do this tour when the company was first setting up. What impressed us most was the true local feel of the company. Pete and Gail have worked in linguistics and community development in remote Australia for a many years. They are also a heap of fun. It […]

26 March

Wonderful trips with cheerful and cordial staff

Wonderful trips with cheerful and cordial staff

I searched for sustainable tourism projects in Mozambique and found the site of Ilha Blue… It was like a ‘click’ and a feeling that I met the right people with the same purpose!!! And yes, it was. Gail and Peter are fantastic people who really want to invest in locals so you can experience their […]

26 March

An amazing experience and great people

An amazing experience and great people

Well, I feel a little unoriginal giving Ilha Blue a 5-star review, since it seems everyone else has the same sentiment. But it’s five stars well deserved. I stayed on Mozambique for 10 days at the end of August, and one of the best finds on the island was the folks at Ilha Blue. Gail […]

26 March

Entering into the life of the local on Ilha de Mozambique

Entering into the life of the local on Ilha de Mozambique

Through the 2 tours we took with Ilha Blue, we were able to enter into the lives of the locals on the Ilha de Mozambique. Gito commanded the dhow which brought us to Chacas Beach and a wonderful local restaurant with fresh seafood. The 3 hour ride out was totally relaxing, while the 45 minute […]

25 March

Best way to discover paradise

Best way to discover paradise

My partner and I stayed in Ilha for about a week and did three of Ilha Blue’s fabulous tours. As well as being lots of fun, they were all highly educational, perfectly organised and gave us a real chance to get to know our local guides. The best thing you can do on Ilha and […]

25 March

Cycling Tour

Cycling Tour

It was very nice to rent a bicycle to explore Ilha, which is not something usual in Mozambique. The Ilha Blue people are very nice and have a great business plan by offering tourists some more active forms for getting to know (Ilha de) Mozambique and help locals working in tourism. Prices are very normal […]

24 March

Ztoziva. Feira gastronomica

Ztoziva.  Feira gastronomica

5th of April is the date of Ilha de Mozambique’s next Ztoziva food fair. This event just gets bigger and better every time. Once again its to be held in the Corredor with food stalls filling the street and arches, music, lights and spontaneous dancing.

20 February

Problems caused by flooding

Problems caused by flooding

Rain and flooding. Some river levels going up and others on the way down. Torrential rains hit parts of northern and central Mozambique over the past week, according to the country´s relief agency, the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC). Last Thursday storms struck Memba district, on the coast of the northern province of Nampula. 94 homes […]

10 February

Peaceful elections

Peaceful elections

Elections in Gurue have been re-held without major incident, another sign that things are returning to normal around the country. MDM won which should strengthen their position as the new opposition. Heavy rains are swelling rivers but there are no signs of road closures just yet. The Lower Zambezi, Limpopo and the Pungue Rivers are […]

7 February

Popular travel routes

Popular travel routes

Disappointing news that the Ilala Ferry in Malawi has stopped operating its weekly service out of Monkey Bay. The operators say the service on southern section of the lake isn’t used enough so they have axed it. Combined with the slow train between Quamba and Nampula this was one of the last great romantic journeys […]

3 February

Fresh fish and weekly news

Fresh fish and weekly news

Over the next few weeks I’m going to begin posting news and information for travellers to Mozambique. Most travellers know about the ongoing unrest in the centre of the country and are wondering how this might effect their plans and if its still safe to travel here so I’ll look into that first. While many […]