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“the best in mozambique” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ilha Blue - Day Tours

Ilha Blue - Day Tours
Bairro Museu, Mozambique Island, Mozambique
+258 84 387 2168
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Owner description: Ilha Blue Island Safaris operate in and around Ilha de Moçambique, an African World Heritage island floating in the Indian ocean. Ilha Blue immerses you in real Ilha life – an exotic mix of Makua, Swahili, Arabic, Indian, and Portuguese cultures.Ilha Blue Island Safaris offer low impact, small group tours by bicycle, sea-kayak and Arabic sailing dhow. Each tour provides you with a unique and intimate Ilha experience.
Sao Paulo, SP
1 review
“the best in mozambique”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

this is by far the best tourist operator on mozambique island. easy going, flexible, professional. went on the fantastic ilha das cobras overnight tour and circumnavigated the island by kayak.. highly recommended!!

Visited May 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
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“Ilha das Cobras”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

I recently went on a trip out to Ilha das Cobras just off Mozambique Island. I had a brilliant time. The organizers were professional and fun, the local captain and guides were very experienced and friendly. The trip was great as we were able to go to a place that is still truly remote and untouched by tourists. We were able to kayak in the ocean as well as the lagoon on the island and explore places very few people have ever been to. Great value for money. I can’t recommend it highly enough!!!

Visited December 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
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“Cycling tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

It was very nice to rent a bicicle to explore Ilha, which is not something usual in Mozambique. The Ilha Blue people are very nice and have a great bussiness plan by offering tourists some more active forms for getting to know (Ilha de) Mozambique and help locals working in tourism.
Prices are very normal and there are several options for tours you can choose of.

Visited November 2013

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London
1 review
“Best way to discover paradise...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

My partner and I stayed in Ilha for about a week and did three of Ilha Blue's fabulous tours. As well as being lots of fun, they were all highly educational, perfectly organised and gave us a real chance to get to know our local guides. The best thing you can do on Ilha and money well spent.
The first tour we did was the overnight to deserted Ilha des Cobras (aka Sena Island), to kayak the tidal lagoons on the inside of the island. These were simply spectacular - crystal clear salt water that rises and falls with the outside tides, and exposes a complex cave system that we explored with snorkels and kayaks. The little camp site was very cool too, accessed by ducking under a coral shelf. Food was prepared fresh by the local chef, Ayuba, and the whole trip was expertly guided by Geito. Access was by means of a local dhow, which was a cool experience. Overall, a very good value adventure in a beautiful setting!
Our second tour was Ilha by bike with Selemany. Setting off on the sturdy and distinctive red Pashley bicycles, we headed for a meander through ancient streets and into the densely populated mekuti town. Highlights included the traditional silver and goldsmith, the fish market, the many mosques and all the smiling faces. It was interesting getting Selemany's views on the two "faces" of Ilha -the largely deserted and crumbling stone town side by side with the hugely overpopulated and desperately poor mekuti town. Great tour and very informative, but understandably exposed so be sure to pack some suncream!
Having really enjoyed getting a local view I'd Ilha, we decided to book another tour with the energetic Selemany - an exploration of "missangas" aka the antique glass beads and treasures that wash up on Ilha's beaches from colonial shipwrecks. This new (at time of writing) tour was a totally different experience again... Selemany has been trading glass beads and necklaces for years, as well as shards of original Ming pottery. He was quick to help us tell real from fake, explaining how these things came to be on which beach and how the local teenagers know where to dig in the sand. He showed us one young guy literally panning for colonial gold, turning up impossibly tiny flakes amid a huge pile of wet sand. Finally it was our turn, and we set about finding the colourful glass beads for ourselves. An hour later and we had had a small handful, as well as a new group of friends among the local kids, who came over to help us hunt for beads once they realised why two foreigners were poring over their beach. An unconventional tour but great fun, and it really helped us understand the true value of the strings of these glass beads you can buy all over Ilha. Believe us, finding them is harder than it looks!
Finally, and most importantly for us, the very welcoming owners, Gail and Pete, are on a mission to train and up-skill local guides, so every metacal you spend directly benefits the community. A great time with strong local benefits... what more can you ask?



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Perth, Australia
1 review
“Magical Ilha das Cobras – Moonlit majesty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I was lucky enough to embark on the overnight trip to Ilha das Cobras on my recent trip to Mozambique which I would have to say was a major highlight of my entire trip! We set out in perfect weather, sailing along the historical shoreline of Ilha de Mozambique, past the beautiful Fortaleza de Sᾶo Sebastiᾶo and across the azure water towards Ilha das Cobras. The water was so clear we could see the ocean floor the entire time! Once arriving at the island, the low tide exposed fringing reef filled with interesting critters. The local fisherman scoured the reefs looking for fresh octopus and shells to have for dinner or sell back on Ilha.

We had the opportunity to explore the island while our camp was being set up and it was an absolute treat to find that the island was almost entirely ours. Our own private piece of paradise. We snorkelled, kayaked and explored the intriguing interior of the island, complete with hidden lagoon and a network of caves.

After experiencing the beautiful sunset over the water we were treated to a delicious dinner of fresh fish and signature coconut rice made by the excellent chef. We spent the evening sitting in the ambient light from the full moon which bathed the island in a cool glow, while recounting our adventures from the day.

On our final morning we had the opportunity to kayak and swim once more, before enjoying our delicious Zanzibar style coffee and sumptuous breakfast. To top off a perfect weekend, we left our island paradise with the gracious farewell from a pod of humpback whales just off the beach. Magnificent!!!

I would recommend this trip for anyone wanting to experience a unique adventure which is close to nature, relaxing and the envy of everyone at home.

Visited September 2013
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