We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: , Maputo, Mozambique
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 9 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 4
    Excellent
  • 4
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
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
Johan274
,
Rustenburg
Add Photo Write a Review

9 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Rustenburg
Level Contributor
23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Maputo, Mozambique
Level Contributor
22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Durban, South Africa
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Level Contributor
53 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Maputo, Mozambique
Level Contributor
74 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brighton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Durban
Level Contributor
16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Xefina Pequena also viewed

 

Been to Xefina Pequena? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Xefina Pequena staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?