Ilha Blue Island Safaris
Ilha Blue Island Safaris
4.5
Cultural ToursBike ToursBoat ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingKayaking & Canoeing
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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 Makhuwa, Swahili, Arabic, Indian, and Portuguese cultures. We offer low impact, small group tours: bicycle, sea-kayak, Swahili sailing dhow, snorkelling, remote island camping. Each tour provides you with a unique and intimate Ilha experience.
Mozambique Island, Mozambique
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(62 reviews)

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jasmine_zim
Maputo, Mozambique30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
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!
Written September 1, 2020
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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
Written September 4, 2020
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Damon P
Paris, France3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
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.
Written May 5, 2020
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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
Written June 29, 2020
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Rofiqul_Rana
Dhaka City, Bangladesh129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We were planning a trip to Ilha De Mozambique and looking for transport from Nampula to Ilha. That's when we found Ilha Blue and when we reached out to Peter, he agreed to arrange transportation for us and suggested we should consider some of their featured tours. We selected Sunset Sail and we did not regret it. The weather was very nice and lots of wind. They took us on a Dhow (local sail boat) and gave us a 2 hours tour in the harbour until we stopped at a place for sunset. It was spectacular! The best part of Ilha Blue is that they understand the sustainable tourism. They are using local resources, creating jobs for local people, supporting the community through their work and providing best environment friendly tours. Peter and Gail are amazing people and are making genuine effort to support the community. We are very happy that we reached out to them and end up making great friends in Ilha. We will highly recommend Ilha Blue if anyone is planning a trip to Ilha De Mozambique. Best wishes!
Written February 29, 2020
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Thanks Rana for your enthusiastic review. The Sunset Sail is perfect to get a feel for all that Ilha has to offer. I hope we see you both again on Ilha. Or maybe in Bangladesh!
Written March 11, 2020
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mkl68
New York City, NY255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I had an amazing time on several tours with Ilha Blue (biking around Ilha, Whale watching and a snorkeling tour) while staying in Ilha. The staff were friendly and helpful. If you are in Ilha, I highly recommend going on a tour with this company which does a lot to empower the local community and build the tourist infrastructure in Ilha. Also their cafe is nice.
Written September 8, 2023
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Hello, we are very appreciative for sharing your experience about us with other travelers. We cannot wait to have you once again shortly. Melhores Cumprimentos/ Best Regards
Written October 2, 2023
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pmawer2021
Palma, Mozambique1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
We(3 friends) took a snorkeling trip to the sunken wreck by the fort and loved the entire experience. Going by traditional sail boat under full sail just added to fun and memories. The wreck itself didn't disappoint and was interesting for so many reasons (the marine life, nature reclaiming the wreck, the size of the wreck and the shallowness and clarity of the water). Pete's informative chats about every aspect added wonderfully to the experience and we came away not just happy but really feeling we'd learnt something. We'll definitely be back for the whale watching. Ilha Blue Cafe is also a must visit location for their shakes, smoothies, homemade cakes and again the friendly and informative chats with Gail and Pete.
Written February 10, 2021
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Great to hear all went fabolous... Thank You very Much for sharing your lovely experience with us and others travelers. Whale Watching will be our next Big Thing on Ilha, so looking forward to see you then. And we will make sure you have wonderful experience and time with Whales .
Written March 4, 2021
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Joana C
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
A great trip do Goa island, snorkeling over a sunk ship and a delicious lunch at the beach.
The were amazing, but we took to much to leave in the morning, which delayed the experience and made us lost our ride to Nampula.
And a guard on thw island asked us for money to “visit” the lighthouse. It went well, but was a little uncorfortable, ‘cause no one had warned us
Written May 27, 2021
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Hi Thank you very much, You right, it was difficult day even for us. and we are very sorry about all that. In Goa island, is one those things that you can not control, most the time is free to go to the lighthouse, it was right from that time that they started making our clients to pay some money to visity the lighthouse. so we are very sorry. Now we have controlled situation. thanks for sharing you experience, appreciated
Written July 10, 2021
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samanthafrade294
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
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!
Written November 16, 2020
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So sorry for the time. It's pleasure to hear all went super... and mostly to share your experience with other travelers and of course with us. Looking forward to have again. Best Regards
Written March 4, 2021
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Hervé C
Brussels, Belgium15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We made a 2 hours tour by bike, passing to the most important point of interest. Our guide provided a lot of historical information and it was very interactive. The contact with Ilha Blue was so good that we came back to it for a snorkeling activity and also just to discuss with the members.
Written July 12, 2021
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Thank for sharing your experience with other travelers... Hope to have you again.
Written October 30, 2021
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Carla & Jordi
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
They offer a great variety of activities, from whale watching to bike hire. We went on a full-day dhow tour to the neighboring islands and had amazing lunch under the shade of a baobab tree. Local staff is extremely friendly, speak good english and offer a great service. Owners are caring and super fun. Would highly recommend them.
Written January 13, 2020
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We're really happy you had a gorgeous trip. It's a pretty special place here! Thank you for reviewing Ilha Blue, every bit helps make us who we are.
Written March 11, 2020
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Ishani P
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This team was wonderful. Fahar was so helpful to me as a solo traveler, Coman was the best guide of the island by bicycle, and he and Adbul were very kind to me when I got sea sick kayaking after eating too much breakfast! I will be back and refer all my friends. Thank you Ilha Blue!
Written November 12, 2021
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Thank You Ishani! for sharing your experience with other travelers. Appreciated. Looking forward to have you Again.
Written January 4, 2022
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