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Address: Maputo, Mozambique

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Xefina - Interesting Island on Maputo’s doorstep

We visited Xefina Island on 30/03/2013 with a group of friends. The island itself is lovely, but the service from the tour operators leaves MUCH to be desired. After being given a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2014
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Rustenburg
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Rustenburg
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We visited Xefina Island on 30/03/2013 with a group of friends. The island itself is lovely, but the service from the tour operators leaves MUCH to be desired. After being given a bit of a run-around by Mozaic Travel, they palmed us off on Mozambique Charters, who charged us US$ 450 for the four adults and three children. This included... More 

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Maputo, Mozambique
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

a must visit.i just love this place and to add it the travel by traditional dhow called sanjeeda.its the only dhow made of wood operating trips to the island on every sunday.they set sail at 11am and return back at 5pm the same day.there is lunch provided with refreshments.nice music for your company played all through the trip. a good... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

I found it amazing that not only were we the only tourist on the island, but we were also the only people who had left footsteps in these stands for weeks! Hard to understand for syuch a great day trip from Maputo. A small boat ride and then white sands all to yourself. We explored the ruins on the toher... More 

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

booked a trip with Maputo charters on board a luxury yaught. What an awesome experience! The island is mostly deserted but has beautiful beaches. Don't expect the clear blue water thought - still quite brown. Beware of some armed military!

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Maputo, Mozambique
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

If you can sail to this place, bring a chair and a good book, and delight yourself in a almost desert island, just a mile from the capital city of Maputo

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

So many people miss out on this Maputo highlight! The island is only 30 minutes from Maputo on a slow boat. There are great views of Maputo and the other big plus, clean water! Across on Maputo beaches you have to be very brave to go in the water. We went with Mozaic Travel who organised everything from our seafood... More 

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Durban
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

I had a few days to spend in Maputo and thought I had run out of things to do after two days but then I was told about Xefina. It was sooo much better than going to Inhaca that didn't even have a beach. We got to have a bbq seafood lunch overlooking Maputo before going trekking through the ruins... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Strangely very few people visit this island. It is only 4km from Maputo and is home to amazing ruins of the old army base that became a prision for political prisoners. There aren't many ruins but along with the island experience it was my favourite day trip from Maputo. Thanks to Mozaic Travel who made the whole experience so special.... More 

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