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.
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 is very clean although do not expect big waves, the ocean is very shallow near the shore. There is an option to swim in a nearby lagoon but we definitely preferred the ocean.
Having planned an impromptu trip with Ilha blue the night before going on the snorkelling and dhow trip, the experience with Ilha Blue was nothing but great! We met up for the dhow cruise at 8.30 am and got a briefing on the what to expect, the plan was to go out hopefully in the search of seeing some whales and dolphins, but not to be to optimistic as we were right on the tail end of the whale migration.
We got onto the dhow, from the pier right outside the Palace and Chapel of São Paulo around 9 am and set sail north east round the top of the island with fantastic views of the Fortaleza de São Sebastião. The plan was to sail to the east into open water past the island Ilha de Goa a small outpost island with a old Portuguese built lighthouse and try and spot some whales. The cruise was nothing but magical, and after being out on the water for about an hour and a half, and not spotting any whales or dolphins the crew decided we’d sail back to the shores of Ilha de Goa to snorkel over a couple of shipwrecks. Although the water was choppy the water had crystal clear visibility and the variety of fish and starfish around the shipwrecks made for a super exciting snorkel. After being in the water for some time we then decided to head over the the beach on Ilha de Goa and sit on the pure white sand and relax and explore the vast variety of beautiful shells on the beach and lighthouse on the island.
We then sailed back to the pier from which had had left around 12.30 pm to get back onto the main island just in time for lunch.
A dhow trip with Ilha Blue is must when visiting Ilha de Moçambique. Take plenty of sun protection and a hat as the sun can be brutal.
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 trips such a day trip on a local dhow picnicking on one of the nearby Islands and snorkeling in the pristine waters.
They are organised and efficient and well worth using for Island entertainment.
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
I highly recommend staying for more than just a few days, which most people tend to do, I was fortunate enough to stay for a month. The adventures I’ve had are mind blowing from little walks where I have found old and beautiful buildings from the area of the Portuguese, to the joy of the locals, some of the happiest people I’ve met in my travels happy to show you and sell you things, or even teach you how to run a long with a tire and a plastic bottle. (not as easy as the kids make it look.)
A great way to get a first hand look in to the locals way of life and the history of the island is to go on a bicycle tour, the guide (Salamani) is very knowledgeable and friendly, its well worth it’s weight in gold.
If you are here during the season of the humpback whales, (late July/August) then the whale tour I also did was fantastic!
We where lucky enough to get very close to the whales, a little bonus was that we were sailing in the local and traditional Dhow so we didn’t have the noise of the motor.
Highly recommend. 🙂
We spent two nights camping on Ilha das Cobras – it was definitely the highlight of our visit to Ilha de Mocambique. The island was a lovely place to relax, kayak and swim in the lagoon. The food was also absolutely delicious! The Ilha blue team were great and organised a fantastic trip for us!
Joanna – London, UK
Local knowledge is a blessing when travelling to new territory and the crew at Ilha Blue are generous with theirs which made my brief trip to Mozambique Island complete with blue water fun – kayaking, sailing and snorkelling – coral island exploration, historical tours and great local food (best seafood ever… and I mean ever!) . Without the guidance of these wonderful people I would never have made the peaceful dhow sail to Ilha das Cobra with its amazing tidal lagoons and network of ancient and swimmable coral caves, nor ventured into the smallest laneways on the island where the history and lives of the islanders comes into focus. I’m a bit of a chicken on the water but the experience, skills and support of the Ilha Blue team kept me focused on the fun and incredible ocean creatures and not my phobias. What a great break!! Thanks to Pete, Gail, Pilale, Abdul, Ambasse, Selemane and Ayupa and Renti for showing me the best of Ilha de Mozambique!
Paula – Melbourne, Australia
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!
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 these activities are reasonable priced. It felt great to give back to one of the few local companies that is attempting to restore tourism in Ilha.
I highly recommend Ilha Blue for anyone that is looking to explore the turquoise blue waters and fascinating history in Ilha de Mozambique.
Mark – Washington DC, USA
I can’t recommend Ilha Blue enough! We went out on their dhow with another couple, and had an absolutely incredible morning sailing out to the coral reefs, snorkelling in the clear blue ocean, and beach-combing on one of the small islands. The team sailing the boat was experienced and knowledgeable, Pete and Gail were an absolute pleasure, and we got to know the island a little better. They have other great tours as well, and seem very open to tailoring experiences to match your interests. There is no better way to see the island than with Ilha Blue!
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 island or snorkelling around the Discovery ship made my stay on the island memorable. I only missed a trip to Ilha das Cobras. Next time!
Emanuela – Suceava, Romania
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 activities as well as the staff and Pete (by lack of words – “the boss”) can only be rated with 5 stars being needed to point out that from our 15 days journey in Mozambique (from Maputo to Pemba) the three days spent on the Ilha were the most fun and interesting ones.
From the several services provided by Ilha Blue we must recommend the bicycle tour around the island which will allow one to better understand the place and locals and the three fortalezas loop which provides delightful snorkelling spots and the possibility of one to say he has circumnavigated the island. Accessible, affordable and run by kind and helpful people Ilha Blue must be praised and be in your top choices when choosing to better know the Ilha.
Pedro and Cristina – Marinha Grande, Portugal
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 little cool wind around our noses… We were guided in parts of the island we never had dared to enter in alone! For example – we could visit a Hindu-temple. Our guide spoke English very well and was very friendly and patient to answer to all our questions.
For the next day we had booked the kayak-tour with snorkelling around the island. Again we had professional help and support by our two guides an enjoyed the tour totally! The kayaks and the whole equipment were in best condition. Thank you for this experience!
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 for the warm welcoming and making you feel right at home. Truly a fantastic holiday, thanks Ilha Blue for the part you played in it!
Marianne – Maputo, Mozambique
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. The activities as well as the staff and Pete (by lack of words – “the boss”) can only be rated with 5 stars being needed to point out that from our 15 days journey in Mozambique (from Maputo to Pemba) the three days spent on the Ilha were the most fun and interesting ones.
From the several services provided by Ilha Blue we must recommend the bicycle tour around the island which will allow one to better understand the place and locals and the three fortalezas loop which provides delightful snorkeling spots and the possibility of one to say he has circumnavigated the island. Accessible, affordable and run by kind and helpful people Ilha Blue must be praised and be in your top choices when choosing to better know the Ilha.
Pedro and Cristina – Marinha Grande, Portugal
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 little cool wind around our noses… We were guided in parts of the island we never had dared to enter in alone! For example – we could visit a Hindu-temple. Our guide spoke English very well and was very friendly and patient to answer all our questions.
For the next day we had booked the kayak-tour with snorkeling around the island. Again we had professional help and support by our two guides and enjoyed the tour totally! The kayaks and the whole equipment were in best condition. Thank you for this experience!
Manuella – Hallein, Austria
I did 2 tours with Ihla Blue – a guided bicycle tour of the island’s historical sights and a dhow trip for some snorkeling with lunch on a small island.
All done in an unhurried, relaxed pace and with a genuine desire that the people on the tour are enjoying themselves. Highly recommended.
I had found Ilha Blue through research I had done on the island. I was definitely interested in doing the bicycle tour around the island.
The bicycle tour is quite fun and with the weather it was a truly memorable experience. Our guide was very informative and helpful and knows the island well. We went through all the neighbourhoods and got to meet some of the locals. The Royal Mail bikes are in excellent condition and easy to use. It was definitely an ideal way to see all of the island and experience all that is Ilha de Moçambique.
Ilha Blue offers various boat tours as well. Due to the little time that I had, I didn’t get to experience them but there are sunset cruises, whale watching and kayaking over the island.
Thank you Gail, Peter and the lovely Ilha Blue staff for a wonderful time.
Darice S – Maputo, Mozambique
My recent holiday on Ilha de Mocambique was fantastic mainly due to the great tours offered by Ilha Blue Island Safaris. They are to be commended for offering visitors unique and thoughtful tours enhanced by well informed and friendly local guides. The commitment of the owners, Gail and Pete, to responsible tourism is readily self evident. Using local guides to improve employment opportunities on the island benefits both the traveller and the community. I found the combination of Portuguese and African history well presented and fascinating.
I went on 4 of the dhow trips and enjoyed them all. Each trip was aided by a crew whose versatility and friendliness accommodated personal requests and who themselves shared the enjoyment of leaping whales, reef snorkelling and sunset sailing. You can’t get any better than sailing on a traditional dhow in a crystal clear, sapphire blue ocean!!!
Another favourite was a late afternoon bicicleta tour; informative and relaxed, it was a great way to find out about the island’s history and contemporary culture.
Thank you to the Ilha Blue crew, you certainly helped to make my stay on the island special.
Max – Melbourne, Australia
We spent 3 fantastic days on Mozambique Island and one morning we decided to take a bicycle tour of the island.
The bicycles were Royal Mail imported from the UK and still in excellent condition, very comfortable, easy and fun to ride and the local guides were extremely knowledgeable and professional as they took us for a guided tour of the island.
I think exploring the island by bicycle was not only a fantastic way to explore the island but also a great way to learn about more about the history, the culture and the people living on the island while enjoying the sun on your face and the ocean breeze in your hair.
This is an UNESCO world heritage site with plenty to see and do but for me the highlights were the bicycle tour, exploring the fort (Fortaleza de Sao Sebastao), enjoying delicious seafood, drinking the local beer (2M) and watching the sunset with friends.
Derek Spekhan – Johannesburg, South Africa