Beach at sunset, Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique

Mozambique Holidays

Rustic African charm meets the tropical brilliance of the Indian Ocean. Our knowledgeable experts can treat you to the true Mozambique experience – whether that’s on land or on the sea.

With a coastline stretching more than 2,000 kilometres, most of which lies between the equator and the Tropic of Capricorn, Mozambique benefits from some of the best beaches on the Indian Ocean.

Quiet, relaxed and largely overlooked, the underdeveloped interior is sparsely populated and linked by crumbling infrastructure. This adds a backwards charm to much of the country. The coastline is more accessible, but still home to little more than a smattering of rustic fishing villages.

Fisherman, Ibo Island, Mozambique
Ibo Island, Mozambique
Dhow, Ibo Island, Mozambique
Yacht charter, Ibo Island, Mozambique
Ibo Island, Mozambique

What to expect on your Mozambique holiday

Mozambique’s tropical beaches benefit from this forgotten, desert-island ambience, with vast tranches of coastline remaining almost untouched by modern tourism. These stretches are interspersed with idyllic archipelagos, fantastic diving and handful of high-end retreats that offer total seclusion.

Ibo Island, Quirimbas, Mozambique
Snorkel, Ibo Island, Quirimbas, Mozambique

The archipelagos

Amongst these ocean escapes, it is the landscapes of the Quirimbas and Bazaruto archipelagos that stand out. The former lies in the northern part of the country, close to Pemba, whilst the latter is positioned more centrally, accessible via the quiet town of Vilanculos.

Both offer a scattering of sand-ringed tropical islands, with occasional mangroves tangled amongst ocean waters. They lie in coral-rich seas that shimmer turquoise under the Mozambican sun – perfect for diving, snorkelling and fishing. Secluded and unspoilt, these islands are timeless tropical gems where escape and exploration are the only distractions.

Freediver giving okay sign with dolphins behind, Ponta Malongane, Mozambique
Ponta Malongane, Mozambique
Bazaruto Island, Mozambique
Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Some ideas for a Mozambique holiday

  • Explore the Quirimbas Archipelago, offering superb diving and fishing, on a dhow safari
  • Discover the old colonial Portuguese town and fort on Ibo Island
  • Charter a catamaran and spend several days diving and fishing off St. Lazarus Bank
  • Travel with the entire family and escape to the exclusive villa of Colina Verde, on the Machangulo Peninsula
  • Retreat to the secluded Bazaruto Archipelago and spend time at beachside villas on Benguerra Island
  • Freedive with dolphins off the southern beaches, accompanied by champion freediver Hanli Prinsloo

Explore Mozambique

  • Bazaruto Archipelago
  • Quirimbas Archipelago
  • Southern Mozambique


Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Inhaca Island, Mozambique

Inhaca Island

Visit remote Inhaca Island and wander through its quiet village, which hides behind a labyrinth of mangroves.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Mantarays, Zavora, Maputo, Mozambique

Snorkelling Adventure

Swim, snorkel and dive in unspoilt marine reserves, which are alive with turtles, rays and tropical fish.

Suggested stay

Hanli beneath dolphins, Ponta Malongane, Mozambique


Learn to freedive with Hanli Prinsloo and meet dolphins face to face, beneath the waves.

Freediving Blog

Machangulo Peninsula, Mozambique

Machangulo Peninsula

Explore the secluded but accessible Machangulo Peninsula, with its idyllic coastline.

Freediver giving okay sign with dolphins behind, Ponta Malongane, Mozambique

Swim with Dolphins

Swim with pods of wild dolphins off Ponta D’Ouro.

Freediving blog

Fort, Ibo Island, Mozambique

Ibo Island

Discover the old colonial Portuguese town and fort on Ibo Island.

Suggested lodge

Yacht charter, Ibo Island, Mozambique

Charter a Catamaran

Spend several days diving and fishing off St. Lazarus Bank on your private catamaran.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Beach villa, Azura Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Stay in a Private Villa

Relax in privacy and seclusion, taking advantage of chic, butler-serviced villas.

Suggested stay

Dolphins Surfing, Mozambique

Marine Wildlife

Spot some of the larger, mammalian creatures that frequent these warm waters, including dolphins, humpback whales and potentially, dugongs.

Suggested Holiday Idea

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Helicopter Adventure

Take a helicopter ride above this idyllic archipelago, which sits off Mozambique’s Indian-Ocean coast.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Where to Stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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