humpback whale

Come sailing on the magnificent Edna, Queen of Dhows, for an experience that will stay with you forever! A day packed with whale watching, world-class snorkelling, tropical desert island picnicking, swimming and basking in paradise.

The Edna is an 11.5 metre custom-built, Swahili sailing dhow, with spacious decking throughout – perfect for viewing and photographing these extraordinary creatures.

Each year Mozambique’s 2500 kilometres of coastline hosts the great Humpback Whale Migration. Humpbacks move north to the warmer waters to breed and calve. From July to October mothers and calves can be seen frolicking in the waters off the northern coast of Mozambique. And from onboard the Edna you get to see these gentle giants up close and personal.

Harnessing only the power of wind we are so quiet, you can hear the whales blow. It’s a unique opportunity to watch as mothers teach young ones to spy-hop, tail slap and breach. On each trip so far there has been an extra bonus. We’ve seen dolphins, schools of yellow-fin tuna, flying fish and huge peixe agulha (garfish) dancing across the surface of ocean.

After our fill of whale watching we head towards Ilha das Sete Paus for some gorgeous snorkelling. And then go ashore onto the dazzling white sands of this uninhabited island for a delicious picnic lunch and a refreshing cerveza (cold beer) or refresco (soft drink). After lunch we have time to relax and soak up the sun, loll about in the dreamy turquoise waters and wander along the beach crammed with exquisite shells and white washed corals before sailing back to Ilha.

A truly, unforgettable day.

Weather, wind and sea conditions: at times the conditions around tropical islands can be unpredictable. We receive up to date reports on local conditions. On occasion we can operate different destinations to provide the most enjoyable day possible. These options will be explained prior to departure.

Price includes:
Whale watching
World-class snorkelling
Desert island paradise
Delicious, fresh picnic lunch (please let us know if you are vegetarian)
Beers and soft drinks
Filtered drinking water
Snorkelling gear
Safety gear
Experienced, knowledgeable local crew