A chain of six small islands off the coast of southern Mozambique, the Bazaruto Archipelago allures with its deserted beaches, shallow turquoise waters and dazzling marine life.
The sleepy coastal town of Vilanculos is the gateway to the untouched islands of Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina, Bangue and Shell. Protected under marine national park status and home to Mozambique’s best beaches, visitors to the Bazaruto Archipelago are promised an enchanting escape full of adventure and relaxation.
From the lush indigenous forests of Benguerra to the sugar-white sands and pristine coral reefs of Santa Carolina (formerly known as Paradise Island), each island in the archipelago is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. The two smaller islands are uninhabited, while the others have a handful of small fishing villages nestled among wild orange and cashew nut trees.
Monkeys and a myriad of colourful birds make their home amidst the tropical interior. Offshore, crystal clear waters teem with shoals of dolphins, turtles, manta rays, whale sharks and some 2,000 species of fish. You might even see humpback whales migrating along the Mozambique Channel, and spy rare dugongs foraging among the seagrass meadows. Unsurprisingly, the snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities are outstanding, but Bazaruto also lays claim to some of the planet’s finest saltwater and deep-sea fishing.
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