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Excellent one-day beach experience from Maputo

Different options are available to go to Xefina Requena. There is a large boat (displayed on the picture) that organises one-day trips to Xefina (a few kilometers away from... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 18, 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

Different options are available to go to Xefina Requena. There is a large boat (displayed on the picture) that organises one-day trips to Xefina (a few kilometers away from Maputo's shores). But you can also take a taxi to the fishermen beach just outside Maputo (North) and rent a Dhow to get there. You will spend the day at the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

I've been going to Xefina for years. Anice close by spot especially when it's windy and one can't cross the bay. Plenty of sea birds and flamingos... its usually a safe, quiet and cosy.... until the dhow Sanjeeda showed up... lot's of loud music, noisy tourists... They leave plenty of litter behind (cans and bottles, etc). So Sanjeeda... please tell... More 

Maputo, Mozambique
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016

We had a very successful day trip to Xefina on the dhow Sanjeeda on the occasion of my daughter's 12th birthday, leaving at 9:00 and returning just after 16:00. We were very lucky with the weather and had clear skies and calm seas for the whole day. Although the vessel has shade, the island does not and I would guess... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Maputo yachting is the company that manages the Sy Sanjeeda "pirate ship", as well as a catamaran (which is the only boat advertised on their website). The "pirate ship" cruises to Xefina island, whilst the catamaran cruises to the Portuguese islands. Both are available for private charter as well. My review is about my experience on the Sunday cruise aboard... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

We had a lovely days' escape from Maputo. We were not sure what to expect but had a lovely time. Prego for breakfast and chicken and salad for lunch. Bought prawns from a local and they cooked them for us on the boat too. Very relaxing boat ride to the island where the kids could swim in the sea and... More 

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2015

This island is not so far away from Maputo. It is sandy, with mangroove and bushes only. Once there was a prison here, but didnt find much left from those building. It is inhabited and very quiet. Fantastic. But remember, not much shade in the hot sun.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2015

Long story short: yes, we'd go again We went with a large group of friends on a Sanjeeda Cruise day-trip. The wooden dhow didn't raise her sails, rather used her engines - it was still a great trip (approx. 100 minutes each way) from the port to the island. On the way there, we were served prego - an authentic... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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