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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


Snorkelling Adventure

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

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

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Machangulo Peninsula

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

Swim with Dolphins

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

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Inhaca Island

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

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Stay in a Private Villa

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

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Marine Wildlife

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

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Helicopter Adventure

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

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Dive off Coral Reefs

Dive the tranquil waters that lie off Benguerra Island; spot turtles, reef fish and corals.

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Sunset Dhow Cruise

Cruise down this idyllic archipelago in a traditional dhow, as the sun sets over the sea.

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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.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.

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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. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.

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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.

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Lots of information; and the trip was very well planned and easy to book.


This was a first-class trip in every way, meeting all that we hoped for. At Vamizi, we had outstandingly comfortable accommodation, terrific in-house service, and great diving and snorkelling.


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