The Island of Mozambique is a UNESCO World Heritage site located at about 4km from the main land in Nampula Province. The island together with two uninhabited islands of Goa and Sena form an archipelago that is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in Mozambique. The islands were declared cultural heritage in 1988.
There is a fortified city in the Island of Mozambique that was once a trading post for the Portuguese en-route to India. The northern part of the island has Arab, European and Swahili architectural influence. These buildings were the first administrative seats of the Portuguese colonial governments from 1507 to 1898 then transferred to Maputo.
The southern end of the town houses many of its residents that live in makuti houses towards.
Since the island is small, best way to explore is on foot which takes less than an hour from end to end. Some of the major attractions on Mozambique Island are the:
Other attractions close to the island are the Chocas Mar and the Cabaceiras.
Ilha de Mozambique is easily accessible from Nampula given that it was the capital of the Portuguese for nearly 4 centuries.
Drive towards Nacala and take a turn at the signpost for the Ilha de Mozambique. From here to the causeway, it takes about 2 hours. Alternatively, take a chapa (public transport) from Nampula near the railway station for 200 Meticals.