Baobab Dhow Safari

Great day trip on Ilha

Recently went on a fantastic day trip organised by Ilha Blue. Sailed on their lovely dhow to a natural lagoon where we swam and snorkelled. Afterwards we had a lovely lunch prepared for us, which we ate under a couple of enormous baobabs overlooking the sea. An interesting tour of the local village followed and then we returned by boat back to the island. All extremely friendly and laid back and a great overall service. I was travelling with my wife and her mother and a couple of friends… all ages and we all had a great time. It was a great outing if you are visiting Ilha for a few days and fancy exploring.

Harry – London, UK

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Kayaking and day trip to the beach

It was a great experience to do these two day trips with them and their excellent staff. During the kayaking and snorkelling I felt always safe and in good hands. And the day trip was a relaxing alternative to the day before where we did the kayaking. The food was really well made and the time schduale was followed which is something really rare in Mozambique. If you plan to make a trip to the Ilha with some activities I would definitely recommend you to do it with Ilha Blue.

Clara B – Navi Mumbai, India

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Kayak and snorkel

The Best!

These guys really made our trip to Mozambique Island incredible!

We took a number of their tours including the Dhow day tour, snorkelling and kayaking. All the tours are really well organised and very affordable. The staff are professional and speak great English, while the meals on offer are of top quality. The management are super helpful and were able to help us with all sort of queries whilst on the island.

We can’t recommend enough!

Dher – Melbourne, Australia

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Rounding the Cabaceira headland

What a great time we had

Pete and Gail are great hosts, we popped in and asked about whale watching and a trip was immediately organised. We then decided to visit a local beach and a lagoon with them, this was a great day out with a lovley lunch of BBQ marlin and salad. After talking to Pete I got the view that the business Gail and he runs is very ethical and they engage with the local community on all their trips and don’t compete with what others are doing. The whale watching was fun from a distance we saw breaching whales and a couple swam within 200m of the dhow. I would highly recommend the trips we did.

CC

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

Beautiful baobab trip

We set sail for the Ilha Blue day trip to the baobab tree beach in the fantastic dhows that take you across the beautiful aquamarine sea to the beach, white and empty, like a paradise island. We wandered along the beach, swam and snorkelled in the warm inland water around an old anchor surrounded by fish and then lazed around on the sand before wandering back to eat a delicious lunch in the shade of the baobabs, tuna and coconut rice with salad. Completely idyllic. Camera and bathers essential and a willingness to relaaaax. Ilha Blue had everything organised to a tee, and because they believe in responsible tourism that benefits the local community, they use local guides who are friendly, knowledgeable, and very fine cooks!

Sue C – London, UK

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The best place to start your visit

We landed on Ilha de Mozambique after what we thought were unbeatable experiences in Namibia and Botswana. We were wrong. The island was the perfect complement to the rest of our trip in Africa, and Ilha Blue was the best place to start. The cycle tour was a great way to get oriented on the island and our local guide gave us a nice mix of history with some restaurant tips. 

We went back again for the Baobab trip – great leisurely boat trip, lounging by the lagoon, a bit of swimming and a very delicious lunch. And then again Ilha Blue organised one of their guides to take us around the fort.

Peter and Gail and their local team were all great – we have travelled a lot and the business has a nice feel to it. Highly recommend for anyone visiting this special place.

Al – Melbourne, Australia

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Baobab dhow safari

Your wish is their command

Ilha de Mocambique is a magical island steeped in African and Colonial history and awash with vibrant culture. Tourism is a growing industry and Ilha Blue are doing their best to develop this industry further using an ethical and empowering approach. Training and supporting local guides and businesses is part of their approach. They try and cater for all-comers, and as a family we appreciated their flexibility and attention to safety. 

We loved the Baobab boat trip which includes a gourmet lunch under the baobab trees cooked by Ayuba (guide). We went on a couple of different kayak trips, which included stopping for snorkelling at low tide and the guide giving the kids a tow when they got a little tired. They helped adapt the Bicicletas for the kids so we could ride around the island and participate in the Bike tour. The Missanga tour was great and makes you appreciate the work that goes into collecting and making the bead necklaces sold to tourists. It was amazing watching people pan for gold on the beach.

Ilha blue also gave us great information on markets, Capulana shopping, tailors, bars,and places to eat (I loved the chocolate tarts at “Nice Sabores” and the kids loved the margherita pizzas at “Anchoro d’ouro”!!). They even arranged for someone to plait my daughter’s hair!

Unfortunately the weather was not kind and we missed our camping trip to Ilha das Cobras – by all accounts this trip is an absolute highlight. The trip is only held on the Full and New moons. We will just have to visit another time…

Nina K

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Magical Ilha Blue

At the age of 58 I thought I had seen and done my remote/adventure travelling however by the most wonderful of circumstances I found myself on the totally gorgeous and enchanting Ilha de Mozambique, where I was introduced to the island and all its splendour by Ilha Blue. A tourist operator that is like a social enterprise as they always put the locals first both with training and jobs. It was with Ilha Blue under a local that I toured the island by bike, learning about the history, the people and the architecture.. Next day with Ilha Blue sailed by dhow to the mainland where I swam in a crystal clear lagoon, sat under a Baobab tree eating fresh caught fish and coconut rice followed by a walk through a fishing village, fabulous all with our local guide who not only provided information but cooked the amazing lunch. You can tell the managers, Gail and Pete, love the island and that shows in all they provide and all they think of for each tour, their professionalism and their humour make for a great mix they sure made me feel young again and ready for more. I truly recommend them to anyone of any age visiting the island.

Deb – Melbourne, Australia

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Baobab beauty

Another wonderful trip with Ilha Blue. I went on the Baobab trip, what a day. Everything was perfect from the moment we arrived and set up under the magnificent Baobab tree, to snorkelling in the gorgeous lagoon, to the late afternoon walk to the well where women and girls were collecting water. Oh, and did I mention the delicious fish and coconut rice? Highly recommend, in fact, I am going to do it again tomorrow!

Lu S – Melbourne, Australia

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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 daily life.

They have wonderful and funny local guides, who bring you to the most beautiful, amazing and interesting places! I can only recommend them for their trips. I’m sure, you will not regret and also my whole group was 200% enthusiastic about the dhow daytrip and Capulana Tour with Jamal. I met the right people in the right place for the best activities! Greetz to all!

Arnaud C – Antwerp, Belgium

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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 return sail allowed us to do sundowners on the ilha.

Then Jamal charmed us with the Capulana Tour. We learned of the local customs of misuro as well as of each unique use of the colorful capulanas. Thank you for allowing us to enter into the lives of the locals on this beautiful, historical island.

Nancy OD

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