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Ilha Blue

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Mozambique Island, Mozambique
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About Ilha Blue
Ilha Blue Island Safaris operate tours and activities in and around Ilha de Mocambique, an African World Heritage island floating in the Indian ocean. This is your chance to be immersed in real Ilha life – an exotic mix of Makua, Swahili, Arabic, Indian, and Portuguese cultures. We 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.
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samanthafrade294 wrote a review Nov 15
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My fiancé and I loved our experience with Ilha Blue for the day trip on the boat to 2 islands including lunch. To be honest what stood out the most was the lovely lunch they prepared right there on the beach. Abassi outdid any other restaurant we ate at on the island! I am not exaggerating! He prepared a lovely coconut rice with Siri sir curry (their local dish), fish fillets (super tender and juicy given they prepare dit over an open fire), magoes for dessert, and an assortment of salads and piri piri sauces! I was comfortable on the trip and felt safe throughout the whole day with the crew. I would only suggest they extended it an hour longer to catch the sunset on the boat as we retained to Ilha de Mocambique. Definitely repeating this trip, even if its just to have Chef Abassi prepare lunch again! Thank you Ilha Blue Team!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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jasmine_zim wrote a review Sep 2020
Maputo, Mozambique29 contributions3 helpful votes
A long awaited visit to Ilha de Mocambique was made even more special with Ilha Blue. Pete and Gail are lovely hosts and run this great company to help visitors to Ilha appreciate, learn and enjoy the tourism opportunities there are here. Selmani took me on a great walking tour to explore the history and architecture of this part of Mozambique. Old buildings, interesting stories ending with a sunset on the pier by the museum - wonderful afternoon of learning and appreciating the beauty. The following day we had arranged a boat trip to look for whales and have lunch on an island. Ilha Blue is an accredited whale watch operator that do trips to watch the humpback whales migrating in the Indian Ocean. We set sail on their motorized dhow with a great crew (very fit and strong!) and it was fascinating to enjoy a traditional sailboat and look for whales in quiet. Unfortunately it was slightly choppy and although we saw evidence of whales, there was no jumping out of the water for us! However, we stopped at beautiful Ilha de Goa with its white sand and ancient lighthouse from 1847 and the crew barbecued fresh garopa for us with coconut rice, accompanied by fresh, organic salad from Pete and Gail's garden, and the delicious matapa siri siri (local specialty). After that wonderful treat, we set sail again for Ilha de Mocambique and arrived back to the pier as the sun was setting after a super relaxing day out exploring the ocean! If you visit Ilha de Mocambique, Ilha Blue have the best island safari options to help you enjoy your stay, I highly recommend them as great hosts!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Fahar A, General Manager at Ilha Blue
Responded Sep 4, 2020
Hello Jasmine! Is with great enthusiasm that we received your satisfaction with the activities and experience you have had with Ilha Blue Island Safaris. We are very happy to know that you really liked and enjoyed a lot. Everything we do is to provide our customer with a unique experience, so you can keep in mind the Mozambique Island, as a destination to recommend always. And we do our best at Ilha Blue to make your stay an unforgettable. Best regards
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samirajamu wrote a review Aug 2020
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watching the whales was completely magical, it was the first time that I saw humpback whales and it was amazing, they are unique and perfect Ilha blue does great services, they are friendly and have a good team, I hope to go again soon!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Damon P wrote a review May 2020
Paris, France2 contributions
You won't regret this - I've been to almost 70 countries and this is really great value and a fun experience. Pete was flexible in arranging a trip for me when his team usually has a day off. The boat, drinks, freshly cooked seafood, activities and conversation were all fantastic. Pete provided a lot of great background and information about the island and other activities you can do. He helped me hire some guys to take me across the water the following day. I don't think any other boat companies speak much English so bear this in mind - I speak Portuguese but this is still the best option. The other boat companies I saw are run by nice people but don't understand the full customer service concept regarding guided explanations, activities, food, etc. They'll just taxi you somewhere. Pete and many others on the island are working hard to foster tourism in the region, educate the locals and ultimately help the economy. It's a stunning intersection of world history and trade with beautiful scenery, food and fun people.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Peter A, Owner at Ilha Blue
Responded Jun 29, 2020
Hi Damon Thanks for your great review, apologies for not responding sooner but I only just saw it now. With everything in shutdown i'm not checking as often as I normally do. Its very quiet here but in a way thats ok, people are getting by. Hope you have the chance to come and visit us again one day. Cheers Pete
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mariodorosario wrote a review Mar 2020
Maputo, Mozambique1 contribution
we consider excellent the services with professional and very gently staff, nice food that was especially requested vegan lunch, perfect safety induction, good safety during snorkeling, very well served lunch conditions in the island beach, good sailing boat
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Date of experience: February 2020
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