WHY VISIT THE BAZARUTO ARCHIPELAGO
- Relax in privacy and seclusion, taking advantage of chic, butler-serviced villas
- Dive the tranquil waters that lie off Benguerra Island; spot turtles, reef fish and corals
- Take a helicopter ride above this idyllic archipelago, which sits off Mozambique’s Indian-Ocean coast
- Cruise down this idyllic archipelago in a traditional dhow, as the sun sets over the sea
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE BAZARUTO ARCHIPELAGO
This collection of six sandy islands stretches north along the coast from Vilanculos. The largest of these is the elongated Bazaruto, around which the smaller islands cluster. Forming a national park of the same name, this beautiful archipelago is almost completely unspoilt – naturally isolated from the mainland.
It is the waters that surround these islands that hold much of the archipelago’s riches. Coral reefs lie beneath the surface of the clear Indian Ocean and are home to a myriad of fish species, as well as turtles, rays and anemones. The diving and snorkelling is spectacular here, allowing for a relaxed exploration of this colourful underwater world.
Larger marine life also inhabits these warm waters, including dolphins, humpback whales and endangered dugongs. Although these dugongs are seldom spotted, they call the Bazaruto Archipelago home – forming part of the only remaining population in the region.
On land, diverse landscapes cover the archipelago. Dunes rise above the coralline beaches, forests fill the tropical interiors and wetlands fringe areas of inaccessible coastline. These varied habitats attract a variety of wildlife, including crocodiles, flamingos, bushbucks and lizards.
BEYOND THE ORDINARY
- Spot some of the larger, mammalian creatures that frequent these warm waters, including dolphins, humpback whales and – potentially – dugongs