Silversea Expedition Cruises To Island of Mozambique

Island of Mozambique

The densely populated Mozambique Island is small at only 3 km (1.9 miles) long and less than 500 meters (650 yards) wide. The Portuguese had already settled here by 1507, and the oldest European building in the southern hemisphere is found on Mozambique Island: the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte. Fort São Sebastião also dates back to the 16th century. View more

Historical buildings on the northern side of the island include the Palace and Chapel of São Paulo, built in 1610 as a Jesuit College — later converted to be the Governor’s Residence, and now a museum. As a result of its rich history and architectural remains, the Island of Mozambique is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The majority of the residents today live in reed houses in Makuti Town at the southern end of the island. In addition to the old Christian churches there are several mosques and even a Hindu temple on the island. For the last 55 years a 3 km (1.9 mile) bridge has connected the island to the mainland.

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Zanzibar To Durban
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Excursions in Island of Mozambique

Mozambique Island by Foot

Island of Mozambique has played a larger-than-life role in East African coastal life over the centuries. Formerly the capital of Mozambique, the entire island is now proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


It is an intriguing anomaly - part ghost town and part lively fishing community. The island is a huge open-air museum. Every street, every house, every brick has its own, faded history. When strolling around the island one feels like being in a time-warp dating back for centuries.

Visit the Governor's Palace and Chapel of São Paulo, originally built in 1610 as a Jesuit College and subsequently became the Governor's Residence. It is now a museum filled with period furniture, armaments and artefacts.


Also tour the imposing Fortaleza of São Sebastião - the oldest complete fort in sub-Saharan Africa. Construction by the Portuguese began soon after their arrival in 1498, and it has withstood sieges and Blockades by Dutch and British invaders. Sitting out on a rocky outcrop from the Fortaleza is the recently restored Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte, built in 1522. It is considered to be the oldest European building in the southern hemisphere. It is also one of the best examples of Manueline vaulted architecture in Mozambique.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.5 kms (0.93 miles) over unpaved ground. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend guests wear light comfortable clothing, comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.

Historic Island by Bus

Island of Mozambique has played a larger-than-life role in East African coastal life over the centuries. Formerly the capital of Mozambique, the entire island is now proclaimed a World Heritage Site.


It is an intriguing anomaly - part ghost town and part lively fishing community. The island is a huge open-air museum. Every street, every house, every brick has its own, faded history. When strolling around the island one feels like being in a time-warp dating back for centuries.

This is the easiest and most comfortable way to see every part of the World Heritage listed Island - both Stone Town and Macuti Town. The bus has a driver, conductor and English-speaking UNESCO local guide so you will be well looked after. Two stops are scheduled, one at the Hindu Temple where you can go inside while they 'beat the drum' and the other at the Slave Memorial Garden where you can enjoy the shade and reflect on the human tragedy that unfolded here.


Your tour concludes back at the pier to re-join the ship.


Please Note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking for approximately 100 metres (328 feet) with only a few steps to negotiate to board the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. This tour operates fully on the coach. We recommend guests wear comfortable clothing.

Dhow Safari

Long before the Portuguese arrived, Ilha was already famous as a centre for boat building. This tradition continues and hand crafted wooden dhows are everywhere.


Sail on the island's largest and most elegant traditional dhow. The crew are born to this life and the way they manage the ropes and enormous lateen sail is a marvel to watch. From the comfort of the deck, sailing close to shore and weaving between dugout canoes and smaller fishing dhows, enjoy a unique view of some of Ilha's more famous landmarks, including the Green Mosque, fish markets and village, Macuti Town, the Old Naval Base and Fortaleza as well as grand waterfront homes and hotels.


Please Note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility however guests must be able to manager the steps to board the boat on their own or with the assistance of their travelling partner. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair as the dhow is not wheelchair accessible. We recommend guests wear light comfortable clothing, closed toed shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen and a towel from the ship.

Historic Stone Town by Bike

Criss-cross from side to side; wind your way through the narrow alleys of Stone Town and negotiate the bustling streets of Makuti Town brimming with life. Expect to see Tufo dancing or the days catch being landed. The guides always know when there's something special going on, so no two trips are ever the same. Learn about the challenges of preserving this World Heritage site as you observe the careful restoration work going on around you


Please Note: This tour requires a moderate to extensive amount of activity for approximately 3 kilometres (1.86 miles) over paved and unpaved surfaces therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend guests wear light comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.