Imagine a place untouched by the hustle and bustle of the modern world, a magical paradise just waiting to be discovered. The Bazaruto Archipelago – off the coast of Mozambique – is that place. Stretching out into Indian Ocean waters dotted with tropical islands, it’s here you’ll find extraordinary coral reefs teeming with life, more than 2000 species of fish, dolphins, whales and shipwrecks (for those looking to explore). Whether you’re snorkelling below the turquoise waves or soaking up the sun onshore, there’s an adventure waiting for everyone. For those in search of tranquillity, sail away on a dhow for a castaway picnic lunch or simply relax on the beach and enjoy a delicious seafood dinner as you listen to the soothing sound of ocean tide. Lose yourself in this idyllic location and come back feeling invigorated. Just of the off the coast of southern Mozambique lies the Bazaruto Island in the Bazaruto National Park. Dotted along the island’s white beaches, in small pockets, lies a selection of top island hideaways and resorts. Bazaruto is known for marine life like turtles and the shy dugongs. The Two Mile Reef are filled with colorful fish, reef sharks and moray eels to mentions a few, while the deeper area around Indigo Bay is home to sailfish and marlin.
Things To Do
The diversity of activities available here offers something for every visitor – from thrilling dune boarding in the sandy dunes, to exciting explorations of Sailfish Bay on horseback or ATV. And for those who prefer more restful experiences, enjoy our extensive spa services or take in the breathtaking views on a romantic sunset cruise. Our passionate professionals are dedicated to making your stay with us both enjoyable and memorable. From the white, sandy beaches of Magaruque to the vibrant markets on Benguerra, experience a magical adventure in paradise and discover a true hidden gem – The Bazaruto Archipelago. The Bazaruto Archipelago offers tourists something truly unique and unforgettable. Not only will you be able to explore its scenic beauty by land, but also underwater! Take time to explore the famous Two Mile Reef where you can take in the breathtaking views of coral gardens and exotic marine life. You’ll also get an up-close look at the island’s National Parks conserve some of the world’s most amazing wildlife and habitats. And take your time enjoying picturesque villages away from tourist spots, where locals still practice age-old traditions which make this destination so special.
• Kayaking & Stargazing
• Bird watching
• Hobie Sailing & Dhow Sunset Cruise
• Guided Trails
• Tofo Scuba
• Big game fishing
• Go searching for Dogongs
• Shop at local markets
Conveniently located within Africa, Maputo’s International Airport offers fast and easy access from Johannesburg, South Africa; Lilongwe, Malawi; and beyond. As one of Mozambique’s busiest airports, it is the perfect entry point for the beautiful country. Travelers will experience a smooth journey to their destination with excellent air connections between Maputo and other countries in and outside of Africa. Choose from a variety of airlines such as South African Airways or LAM Mozambique Airlines, and you can rest assured your experience at the airport will be pleasant and safe. With competitive rates, it has never been easier to explore this incredible nation. Vilanculos is easily reached on a daily 1.5-hour SA Airlink flight from Johannesburg, which makes it the perfect launchpad for an unforgettable Mozambican vacation.
Mozambique is a nation rich in culture and history, where the vibrant spirit of African traditions melds with the cultural influences brought by Portuguese colonial settlers. As such, it has much to captivate and inspire travelers from near and far. With traditional African religions still practiced in many areas and 56% of the population identifying as Christian or 18% as Muslim, Mozambique has a faithful and diverse spiritual landscape that is perfectly complemented by its musical heritage — including its famous marimba instrument — and its Mediterranean-style cuisine. At its core, Mozambique is a place steeped in tradition, brimming with warmth, hospitality and an enthusiasm for life that resonates with each visitor.
What is the weather like?
The ideal time to visit is between May and September when the dry season brings beautiful clear skies and crystal blue water perfect for snorkeling and diving activities. During this time of year, visitors can relax in peace without the fear of cyclones that hit between January and February. No matter what the weather, it’s always warm and humid on the Bazaruto Islands – just perfect for an incredible beach holiday experience!
The Bazaruto Island Landscape
The Bazaruto cluster offers a vacation experience like no other. From Santa Carolina’s dazzling beaches and deep-sea fishing to the unspoiled beauty of Magaruque, and the lush greenery of Benguerra, these 5 islands have it all. The azure blue waters that surround them offer an abundance of activities – from kayaking, snorkelling, dhow sailing and horse riding on the beaches to game fishing in the deeper channels – making them a paradise so perfect for those looking for an unforgettable holiday experience in one of Africa’s finest beach destinations.
What to pack
Escape to an island paradise with a dreamy beach, crystal clear water and fresh ocean breeze. Explore the picturesque coastline, discover hidden coves and shop for luxurious souvenirs. Whether you are looking for an exciting adventure or a relaxing escape. Fully prepare for your journey with our wide selection of essential items – the perfect wardrobe for day or night, swimming essentials, hats and sunglasses to shield from the summer sun, comfy shoes for exploring and sweaters in case of a cool breeze at night. Our helpful concierge team can arrange same-day laundry service or dry cleaning so that you always look freshly pressed while touring around town.
Its official currency of Meticais, as well as the widely accepted South African Rand and US Dollar. Whether you’re traveling through the northern or southern part of the country, you’ll be covered with dollars.
Vaccination certificates required for yellow fever only if arriving from a country at high risk from yellow fever.
Experience the end of the day at its most beautiful and idyllic when you take your sundowners at the beachfront. Enjoy breathtaking views of the sun setting over the waves, while sipping on your favorite cocktail surrounded by family, friends, and unforgettable memories. Take in nature’s splendor making sure you protect yourself with hats, sunblock, and common sense to make sure you’re able to enjoy a full day out under the sun. Let your cares drift away as you sink into a beautiful day spent at one of the world’s most stunning beaches.