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Portuguese Island
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Portuguese Island

Portuguese Island, or Ilha de Moçambique, is a small island situated off the coast of Mozambique in the Indian Ocean. It is located approximately two kilometers from the mainland and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. The island is roughly 2.5 km long and 1 km wide, and is the largest offshore island in Mozambique.

The island has a long and varied history, having been occupied by the Portuguese since the 16th century. During this time, the island was used as a trading post and a center of Portuguese colonial administration. It was also an important center of the slave trade, and a number of forts were built on the island to protect it from attack. In 1898, the island was declared a Portuguese protectorate.

In the late 19th century, the island was developed as a trading port and a center for education and culture. It became a major center for the production of sugar, cotton, and copra, and a number of industries were established. In 1942, the island was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it remains a popular tourist destination.

Today, the island is home to a number of historical sites, including the Church of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte, a 15th-century Portuguese fort, and the Nossa Senhora do Rosario Cathedral, which was built in the 18th century. There are also a number of museums and galleries, as well as a vibrant nightlife.

The island is also renowned for its beautiful beaches, and is a popular destination for snorkeling, diving, and sailing. It is also home to a number of marine species, including dolphins, whales, and sea turtles.

Overall, Portuguese Island is a beautiful and historically significant destination in Mozambique, and one that is well worth visiting.

Excursion tips for a day in Portuguese Island

Visiting the Portuguese Island in Mozambique is a great way to experience the beauty of the country and its culture. On a day trip, here are some activities you can enjoy:

1. Take a boat tour around the island to explore the stunning coastline.
2. Visit the local market to purchase souvenirs and sample the local cuisine.
3. Relax on the beach and soak up the sun.
4. Explore the historical sites, such as the old fort and the colonial-era buildings.
5. Take a guided tour of the island to learn more about its history and culture.
6. Go snorkeling or diving to explore the vibrant marine life.
7. Go on a fishing trip with a local guide to catch some of the local fish.
8. Visit the local art galleries to admire the work of local artists.
9. Take a boat ride to one of the nearby islands for a day trip.
10. Enjoy a relaxing massage or spa experience at one of the island's resorts.

Experience Portuguese Island with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Portuguese Island. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Portuguese Island

The climate in Portuguese Island in Mozambique is tropical, with hot and humid weather throughout the year. During the summer months, temperatures average between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius, with high levels of humidity. During the winter months, temperatures average between 18 and 25 degrees Celsius, with less humidity. The rainy season is from October to March, with the heaviest rainfall occurring in January and February. The dry season is from April to September, with the driest months being July and August. Overall, Portuguese Island has a tropical climate with warm temperatures and high levels of humidity throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Portuguese Island

Our weather forecast for Portuguese Island helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 21.8 °C
min: 19.8 °C
30.6 m/s
31.3 m/s
89.9 %
24.1 m
79.3 %
1,021 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 21.9 °C
min: 19.6 °C
27.0 m/s
27.7 m/s
67.1 %
24.1 m
80.6 %
1,021 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 22.4 °C
min: 21.1 °C
31.7 m/s
41.8 m/s
8.4 %
23.4 m
81.5 %
1,021 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 22.8 °C
min: 20.1 °C
49.0 m/s
58.3 m/s
29.7 %
24.1 m
78.2 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 21.3 °C
min: 19.9 °C
41.9 m/s
46.7 m/s
30.3 %
24.1 m
71.7 %
1,022 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 22.5 °C
min: 19.1 °C
40.7 m/s
58.3 m/s
20.4 %
24.1 m
75.3 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 22.2 °C
min: 20.2 °C
49.7 m/s
62.6 m/s
15.7 %
24.1 m
64.3 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 20.7 °C
min: 17.3 °C
29.0 m/s
28.7 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
63.6 %
1,021 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 21.1 °C
min: 19.6 °C
23.4 m/s
22.3 m/s
44.1 %
24.1 m
61.9 %
1,021 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 21.0 °C
min: 18.8 °C
27.0 m/s
25.2 m/s
5.5 %
24.1 m
70.0 %
1,022 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 20.7 °C
min: 18.6 °C
45.4 m/s
47.9 m/s
56.0 %
17.4 m
75.7 %
1,026 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 19.7 °C
min: 17.9 °C
33.8 m/s
35.3 m/s
95.9 %
19.1 m
71.8 %
1,031 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 21.0 °C
min: 17.5 °C
36.0 m/s
36.4 m/s
30.7 %
23.1 m
75.4 %
1,028 hPa

Cruises to Portuguese Island

Would you like to travel to Portuguese Island on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Portuguese Island.

Scheduled ship calls in Portuguese Island, Mozambique
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Nov. 23rd 2024 Saturday, 23rd of Nov. 2024 MSC Musica 10:00 am 08:00 pm
Dec. 7th 2024 Saturday, 7th of Dec. 2024 MSC Musica 10:00 am 08:00 pm
Dec. 14th 2024 Saturday, 14th of Dec. 2024 MSC Musica 10:00 am 08:00 pm
Dec. 21st 2024 Saturday, 21st of Dec. 2024 MSC Musica 10:00 am 08:00 pm
Dec. 26th 2024 Thursday, 26th of Dec. 2024 MSC Musica 09:00 am 11:59 pm
Dec. 27th 2024 Friday, 27th of Dec. 2024 MSC Musica 12:01 am 06:00 pm
Jan. 9th 2025 Thursday, 9th of Jan. 2025 MSC Musica 08:00 am 03:00 pm
Jan. 18th 2025 Saturday, 18th of Jan. 2025 MSC Musica 10:00 am 08:00 pm
Jan. 25th 2025 Saturday, 25th of Jan. 2025 MSC Musica 10:00 am 08:00 pm
Feb. 1st 2025 Saturday, 1st of Feb. 2025 MSC Musica 10:00 am 08:00 pm
Feb. 8th 2025 Saturday, 8th of Feb. 2025 MSC Musica 10:00 am 08:00 pm
Feb. 15th 2025 Saturday, 15th of Feb. 2025 MSC Musica 10:00 am 08:00 pm
Feb. 22nd 2025 Saturday, 22nd of Feb. 2025 MSC Musica 10:00 am 08:00 pm
Jan. 30th 2026 Friday, 30th of Jan. 2026 MS Europa 12:00 am 12:00 am

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