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.
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 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
Great atmosphere, laid back sort of place and setup. I had a perfect day, very solid boat and professional guys to take you to a variety of islands for snorkeling, picnic and WHALE WATCHING… very WOW. Amazing clear blue water for snorkeling and a picture perfect beach to stop for a while. Surprisingly it’s run by a delightful Aussie/English couple… (I don’t mean that it’s unusual for them to be nice).
Sylvia Scaglia – Sydney Australia
I’ve been on the bicicleta tour, whale-watching trip and 3-fortaleza kayaking tour of the island – all absolutely amazing and led with great professionalism by local guides.
The bicicleta tour was a great way to explore the island, to see parts of it, such as the interior of the macuti town and the slavery memorial garden, that I might otherwise have missed, and have the history explained by our local guide (in Portuguese, but I believe he also speaks English well). The whale watching trip was out of this world – beautiful humpback whales leaping from the waves, sometimes just a few metres from the dhow (my one concern would be that us being so close to the whales might disturb them?), followed by snorkelling in the clear waters over a coral reef, and a picnic lunch on a little sandy island. The crew were really friendly and helpful, and seemed just as excited as we were every time a whale jumped out of the water!
And last but not least, the kayaking trip gave yet another perspective of the island: paddling through the shallows and chatting to local women as they waded out to collect shellfish; glimpsing bright starfish and dark sea urchins on the sea floor; seeing the warehouses from the angle they were built for; climbing up onto the craggy tidal island of the Fortaleza de São Lourenço, still littered with Portuguese cannons; watching a boatfull of fishermen hauling their nets in; seeing absolutely incredible, colourful fish as we snorkelled in the coral reefs, including a younger reef that has grown on the hull of an abandoned ship; and having another picnic in a little cove beside the Fortaleza de São Sebastião. My arms were exhausted by the end but it was definitely worth it!
Thank you Gail, Pete and the team for designing these tours with such imagination, and delivering them with such friendliness – hope to be back soon 🙂
Katharine H – Nampula, Mozambique
We loved this trip. Pete took us out with his local boat team. We saw humpbacks breaching from a safe distance. Great food and drink on a lunch stop with clear vis snorkelling. Pete is a wonderful person and we chatted and exchanged views – fantastic. If you visit Mozambique island then call in for a chat. They will likely always have something to offer anybody. We wanted more time to do the sunset sail too! Weather was perfect and watch this Island as it is going to be very popular. I would go with this outfit over any competition as they consider the employment of their local team as the real reason to do the business. They keep them employed (and paid!) even in low (off) season which is so very special in this day and age. We really, really hope they do so well. They even joined us for dinner & drinks in the evening. Super people.
Jimmy – Newcastle, UK
Peter and Gail know the island and the area around, they know the people and they are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure your activity is top notch!! They even overcome nature. On a whale-watching cruise we happened to be in that short period of the year where the wind shifts from north to south and we had no wind. Peter came out over a mile in the ocean in a 2 meter boat, gave us the motor off the boat and rowed himself back to the island so that we could have a successful day. They are dedicated to making your experience enjoyable and increasing your knowledge about the wonderful Island that is Ilha de Mozambique!
Fred and Ethel – Beijing, China
The service provided by Ilha Blue was second to none from the very beginning and I’m so glad I stumbled across them whilst researching things to do on the island before leaving. This is a lovely operation, easily accessible from all hotels and hostels on the island, and run by a conscientious couple with a conscience!
Each tour they set up is done so with the intention of not being in competition with any other operation on the island, and they have a great relationship with their staff. They are warm, friendly and incredibly helpful with lots of useful tit-bits of advice extending beyond their own tours. I only went on the dhow sailing/whale watching tour but it was a wonderful adventure and exceptional value for money. The humpback whales eventually came out as if performing only for us, doing all sorts of things I’ve never seen whales do before! And lunch was spent on an island reminiscent of the ‘desert island’ of our dreams. Lunch was home-made and accompanied by local beers! What more do you need? Well, it turns out, a last minute race to see a whale at sunset before heading home, weary, sunned, and delighted. They will be my first port of call if I visit the island again and should be yours too.
Caroline – UK
Highly recommend going on the fabulous whale watching trip! Gail and Pete are so friendly and knowledgeable. The picnic lunch was so nicely thought out – a real highlight! Gail even hooked me up with some antibiotic magic powder to cure my scabs from a previous knock. Thanks again!
Joel – London
So many whales spotted that we lost the count! One even almost at our side, (it was a good feeling to be in a sturdy sailing boat that doesn´t agitate the enormous being).
After all the whales, a nice swim and wonderful lunch under cooling shade, before sailing back. Overall a very nice experience to be recommended! I just wish I had had my camera with me.