Come to Ilha now, we have some great deals for you

The pandemic has brought international tourism to a standstill, and here on Ilha we are really feeling the pinch. Our strategy for surviving this difficult time is to attract more Mozambicans as well as those foreigners who are still in country. To do this we are lowering our prices and collaborating with accommodation providers to put together some great packages and discount deals. That’s good news for visitors.

There’s never been a better time to see the whales

We are starting with a focus on whale watching, Ilha Blue and Ilha’s best accommodation providers are coming together to make it easier to arrange a short trip here, and much more affordable, in fact about ½ the price all up

In addition to everything else that Ilha de Mozambique is famous for, its now getting recognition as an internationally significant natural attraction, in time it may become as famous as the wildebeest river crossing in Maasai Mara or the gorillas in the volcanic forests of Virunga. That’s because Ilha is the end point of the humpback whale migration from Antartica, a 5,000klm journey to their breeding and birthing site. That’s the back-story, and it’s a fascinating one, but it’s the spectacle that draws people here. Within a kilometer of the archipelago, whale watchers experience the whole explosive event, whales breaching, tail slapping and head banging, all part of a courtship ritual that is perhaps the most impressive in the entire animal kingdom.

Its true that this can be observed at other points along the East African coast, but Ilha is special for one more reason. Its here in August and September that the pregnant mothers give birth (here and possibly nowhere else*) Ilha is where they stop to have their babies, they then stay around for weeks while the baby builds its strength. So you can observe both the frenzy of courtship displays and the gentle calm of mothers nurturing their new babies. This is what makes it so special. This is why you cannot afford to miss it!

*The full story of migration patterns on the East African coast are still a matter of speculation, the science is missing. But we do know that babies are born here, we see their grey, wrinkled bodies each year. Ilha is situated at 15o latitude and we know from other parts of the southern hemisphere that in a very narrow band around this latitude is where whales are born. So for now, based on what science we know, and what we observe every season, Ilha is the spot.

In some ways 2020 will be like a step-back-in-time*. The collapse of international tourism means there will very few boats going out to see the whales. Just Ilha Blue’s traditional sailing dhow, perhaps a few fishermen in canoes, and the awesome majesty of the whales set against the stunning natural beauty of the islands of Goa, Sete Paus and Cobras.

*The growth of whale watch tourism on Ilha is a positive development; it will make it possible for more people to appreciate the whales and nature in general. As an economic activity it can also provide the resources needed to give protection to this hugely significant site. There is a dream that the sea around Ilha will become a Whale Heritage sanctuary one day.

Still, there will always be something special about being able to say “I was there before it became famous”, and 2020 is the year for that. If you are in Mozambique, you wouldn’t want to miss it!

Whale watching is best in August and September. Thats when all the action happens. Thats also when Ilha’s accommodation providers are offering the best discounts. Special rates, free add-ons and even fully inclusive deals with transfers included. With up to 60% of the price of  the whale watching – there’ll never be a better time!

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