April
March
Ruby's in the week before close down

Ruby’s is closing down

This is sad news. After 9? 10? years Ruby's on Ilha De Mozambique is closing its doors to Backpackers and other budget conscious travellers. Everybody has a soft spot for this place. For years it was the centre of things, a hub where travellers me ...

February
What lies ahead

The Travelhadores again

The Travelhadores are back on the road again https://ilhablue.com/blog/the-travelhadores/ travelling 2500kilometres from the original capital of Mozambique to the present day capital of the country. The travel exchange is between Ilha Blue Island Saf ...

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January
A tangle of ropes and buoys

Life savers

Life savers Bringing in the flags after the Christmas and New Year festivities. For the last 3 years Ilha Blue have put out more than 300m of lines, floats and marker buoys to create a safe place for bathers at Kharamu Beach, close to the Forte ...

September
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Transforming local lives

Transforming local lives The Ilha Blue business initiative has as its core purpose ‘ to transform local lives through employment, training and increased access to opportunities. Aims that can only be achieved through a long-term commitment and by ...

August
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Whale watch update

The humpback whales are well and truly here, more whales than last year if that’s possible, and all of the famous humpback acrobatics are on display pretty much all of the time: breeching, lunging, fluke and fin slapping of the surface and ‘tail-up’ ...

April
Lake Niassa, only 8 more hours to go!

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 ...

March
ARTA 2017 Awards

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 res ...

December
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Ilha Bars

Ilha Bars There is no shortage of places to have a drink on Ilha, every restaurant and café serves alcohol and there are 'Discos' for those who want to drink and dance till dawn, but recently a number of dedicated bars have sprung up, small places ...

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Team building – Matanuska Mozambique

It was a great pleasure to have the senior management team from Matanuska Mozambique (Banana Farm) with us again on Ilha de Mozambique for their second, weekend-long session of team building. Getting started with a fun, interactive skills audit ...

September
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Humpback whales are STILL here!

Humpback whales have arrived in big numbers this season. Mothers and calves are leaping about all over the place. Ilha Blue is the only operator doing whale-watching trips and we are going out 4 or 5 times a week. We go by Swahili sailing dhow so as ...

July
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New Shopfront for Ilha Blue

We have moved into a fantastic new shop space; much bigger, more spacious and with the most amazing tiled floor! We are located in the heart of Stonetown at ‘Orera Orera’ (In Makhuwa this means: beautiful, lovely, good). We are sharing the space with ...

June
World Responsible Tourism Awards

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 Resp ...

May
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Exciting changes in 2016

Transition to local ownership Ilha Blue has established a sustainable tourism business on Ilha De Mozambique. What is remarkable about this (and the thing we are most proud of) is that the tours are run entirely by local young adults with little ...

March
Snorkelling on the coral bombies near the Fortaleza

MSC Sinfonia March visit

March 22nd is the date set for this season's final visit by the MSC cruise ship Sinfonia. Preparations are already underway to make this visit the best one yet. Ilha Blue are the official activities organisers and each trip gives us the opportunit ...

February
Sailing to Ilha das Cobras

Tradition can help with the great leap forward.

February 29th is the beginning of the 2016 Leap Year. Every four years we add a day to our calendars to bring them into sync with the earth’s revolution around the sun—because it’s easier to change our human systems than to change the laws of nature. ...

January
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Welcoming Passengers on the Cruise ship Sinfonia

When MSC's cruise ship the Sinfonia docks at Ilha De Mozambique on Christmas Day, Ilha Blue will be there to lay out a fantastic range of shore excursions. We are suspending our usual program and instead collaborating with local operators to offer ...

October
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Return to Cobras

  In July, August and September this year we took a break from doing our Ilha Das Cobras overnight camping tours and focused more attention on our popular whale watching activities instead. Partly this is because we have limited resources and ...

June
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Handing down the bicycles

Ilha Blue are upgrading to all Pashley bikes. On our trip to Malawi to get them from BeeBikes we were able to do a good deed with one of our old Heros. Recently we received an email from friend and tour guide Robert Korea. Robert lives in a villag ...

March
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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 be ...

November
Old Feitoria conversion to new waterfront hotel

So many changes on Ilha

If you haven't been to Ilha for a few years you will notice plenty of changes. To begin with its now possible to loop the entire island on paved road. The Contra Costa, the Middle Road and a whole lot of cross streets have been paved making it easier ...

August
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Edna sails like a dream

Together we've done the final touches to the edna and now she sails like a dream. Its taken two months longer than expected, probably cost close to double what I thought I would spend but it's been a brilliant experience and I’m sure its all going to ...

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Yippee! whales whales whales

Humpback whales have arrived in big numbers. Mothers and calves are leaping about all over the place. Ilha Blue is the only operator doing whale-watching trips and we are going out 2 or 3 times a week. We go by Arabic sailing dhow so as not disturb t ...

July
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Volunteering with Ilha Blue

Ilha Blue are responsible tour operators based in Mozambique. We’d like to invite talented individuals to come to Mozambique and work with local people involved (or wanting to become involved) in tourism. Our aim is to increase local participation in ...

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More about the boat

Well its been a big learning curve for me, not so much the practicalities of transforming a motorised boat into a sail boat although that's complicated enough, more the politics and intrigue of it all. First off, the wood I paid for wasn't all goo ...

The shirt off his back

When Auiba realised he'd forgotten the coconuts for his famous 'arroz de coco'  he knew there was only one thing to do. Not wanting to disappoint his hungry travellers he trekked into a nearby village and traded the shirt off his back for a couple ...

June
stunning lagoon a short dhow trip from bustling World Heritage 'Ilha'

Top five – Ilha’s got it covered

When a poll by Sunshine.co.uk asked UK adults ‘What factors did you take into account when booking your last holiday destination?’  the top five priorities were revealed to be: good weather, nightlife, culture/history, lovely beaches and ...

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New boat

Now here's a good story. A few weeks ago we came to agreement with a couple of Swedes and owners of Villa Sands - Anders and Thomas, to take over the operation of their boat, the Edna.  It's something we've been talking about for ages so we were all ...

May
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We got an award!

  Certificate of Excellence "TripAdvisor is delighted to award Ilha Blue - Day Tours with a 2014 Certificate of Excellence. This prestigious award recognises businesses that consistently earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travellers." Th ...

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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 ...

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Engaging Ilha’s youth with Tourism Training

Ilha Blue have initiated a new free training program that is open to all but with a focus on youth. Last week 25 young men and women came to an evening introductory session to learn about the courses being offered. The evening was designed to be i ...

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Mozambique Island Film Festival

"When Mozambique launched its ambitious state-financed film institute in the 1970s, the Cine Teatro Nina on Mozambique Island was a thriving venue for cinema. More than 30 years later, the projectors have been replaced by the smell of hooks and ba ...

April
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“Ztoziva” Women’s Day Fiesta weekend

Every April 7th Mozambicans celebrate Women's Day. This year the long weekend was topped off on Ilha De Mozambique with a spectacular Ztoziva food festival that attracted more people to the island than ever before.  The traditional and contemporary f ...

March
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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 dancin ...

February
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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). ...

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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 n ...

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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 Q ...

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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 ...