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Bazaruto Archipelago

Bazaruto Archipelago

Paradise found!  The captivating Bazaruto Archipelago lies off the southern coast of Mozambique. It’s a collection of unspoiled islands strung together with crystal clear turquoise water to form what is known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean.”

The archipelago boasts sensational beaches, magnificent scenery and luxury lodges all lying within a marine national park that protects a huge variety of reef fish as well as giant turtles, devil rays, the endangered dugong and 140 bird species.

Bazaruto and Benguerra are the largest islands where you will find luxurious villas and beach chalets offering a fantastic range of experiences and activities including land rover island drives, cultural encounters, bird watching, beach picnics, deep sea fishing, star gazing, dune boarding, snorkel or scuba diving or travel like the locals on a colourful dhow trip – the list is endless!  Our favourites include: Azura Benguerra and the Anantara Bazaruto Resort & Spa.

The gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago is Vilanculos and from there it’s an easy light aircraft or helicopter flight to your chosen desert island.

 

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Introduction

Situated 30km off the coastal mainland of Mozambique, this island paradise is made up of several idyllic tropical islands. Known as one of the most romantic island getaways and the ‘Crown Jewels of the Indian Ocean’, the crystal white beaches and tall palms are surrounded by warm turquoise seas with a wealth of marine life and unspoilt nature. A national park protects the exquisite aquatic life and coral reefs and is regarded as the perfect setting for an off the beaten track Robinson Crusoe style honeymoon getaway. This tranquil setting combines 5 star accommodation with delicious locally caught food, an ideal spot for peace and solitude after safari.

The mainland islands support an interesting array of wildlife as palm trees give way to lush vegetation where the samango monkeys, green coucals and blue-cheeked bee-eaters reside. 45 reptile and amphibian species live on the islands, of which two are endemic to the archipelago. Freshwater lakes are inhabited by crocodiles and a myriad of 150 bird species, including the Mongolian plover, various petrel species and the occasional flamingo. Numerous endemic butterfly’s and mammals make appearances, with the elegant suri antelope and red duiker being favourites.

Warmed by the waters of the Mozambique stream, the seas are clear with mile upon mile of undisturbed and pristine reefs home to 2000 species of fish. Diving and snorkelling activities offer a once in a lifetime, up close experience with the exquisite diversity. Beginners can get into the swing of things at the dive school while experienced divers explore the seas up to depths of 30 meters. The inner reef supports a dazzling selection of hard and soft corals along with reef fish in all shapes, sizes and colours, from tiny coral fish to the mighty bass. The islands are a fisherman’s paradise, providing big game fishing for marlin, barracudas, sailfish, tuna and king mackerel to name just a few. Lodges offer numerous marine activities, including surfing, water sports, kayaking and whale watching. Finish off the day on a dhow as it sails through the warm tropical waters home to humpback whales, whale sharks, dolphins and manta rays and observe the rare loggerhead turtle nesting on the beaches. This is also one of the few places in the world where the endangered dugongs can be seen.

When To Visit

The Bazaruto Archipelago offers a warm, tropical climate with less rainfall than further south. The best time to visit is May to October during the cooler, dry winter months Diving is available throughout the year; however the months of May to September are best. The rainy season of October to March may result in lodge closures due to heavy rains.

January to April – January is the peak of the rainy season as temperatures reach an uncomfortable 31°C and humidity is high, so is not considered a good time to visit the archipelago. Visitors to the islands in the hurricane season of February and March should be prepared for the occasional downpour of rain. Visibility for scuba diving is often reduced as a result of windy conditions. March and April are the best months to go fly-fishing for kingfish, ladyfish and pompano in the channels between the islands. Marlin and barracuda are common at this time of year. Towards the end of April, temperatures begin to reduce, and lower humidity levels make this a better time to visit the islands.

May to September – Regarded as the best time to visit the archipelago, these cooler, less humid winter months average 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. June is one of the best months to see and potentially swim with humpback, common and bottlenose dolphins whereas sailfish patrol the waters in July and August. Visibility for scuba diving is often reduced as a result of windy conditions. Migrating humpback whales can be spotted from June to September

October to December – With temperatures averaging 29°C during the day and 22°C at night, the onset of the rainy season brings relatively heavy rainfall in December and high humidity which can feel uncomfortable. These months offer the best time for large black and striped marlin fishing, which can weigh 400kg! Whale sharks are most commonly spotted at this time.

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Diving & Scuba

Diving & Scuba

Diving & Scuba

Mozambique is one of the most popular diving destinations in Southern Africa. Explore the beautiful ...

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Diving & Scuba

Diving & Scuba

Mozambique is one of the most popular diving destinations in Southern Africa. Explore the beautiful Tofo and Zavora regions and discover the magical manta reef and beautiful whale sharks.

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Beach Horse Riding

Beach Horse Riding

Beach Horse Riding

Ride along beautiful picturesque white sandy beaches with warm sapphire waters of the Indian ocean.

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Beach Horse Riding

Beach Horse Riding

Ride along beautiful picturesque white sandy beaches with warm sapphire waters of the Indian ocean.

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Deep Sea Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing

One of the best fishing destinations in the Indian Ocean - the Bazaruto Archipelago promises ...

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Deep Sea Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing

One of the best fishing destinations in the Indian Ocean – the Bazaruto Archipelago promises thrilling game, reef and bill fishing. The area operates on a strict tag and release policy. Try your hand at catching Sailfish and Wahoo from Anantara Bazaruto. The archipelago is also renowned for its black, blue and striped marlin.

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Dhow Sunset Cruise

Dhow Sunset Cruise

Dhow Sunset Cruise

Set out on a romantic ocean voyage aboard a traditional dhow sailing boat and marvel at one of the ...

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Dhow Sunset Cruise

Dhow Sunset Cruise

Set out on a romantic ocean voyage aboard a traditional dhow sailing boat and marvel at one of the world’s most incredible sunsets.

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Dugongs & Humpbacks

Dugongs & Humpbacks

Dugongs & Humpbacks

Explore the oceans to witness the annual migration of Humpback Whales in the crystal clear waters ...

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Dugongs & Humpbacks

Dugongs & Humpbacks

Explore the oceans to witness the annual migration of Humpback Whales in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean as they travel north from the Antarctic Ocean. The rare dugong plays in these waters too. Look out for humpback whales from August to October, and whale sharks from April to July.

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Castaway Picnics

Castaway Picnics

Castaway Picnics

A picnic can be a grand affair and one of our favourites, Azura Benguerra, does this with aplomb. ...

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Castaway Picnics

Castaway Picnics

A picnic can be a grand affair and one of our favourites, Azura Benguerra, does this with aplomb. Load up your gourmet basket and blanket and find a spot where only you, the ocean and the sea breezes come together.

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Luxury Lodges

Luxury Lodges

Luxury Lodges

Luxurious beach villas with prestigious butler service are to be found along Mozambique's shoreline ...

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Luxury Lodges

Luxury Lodges

Luxurious beach villas with prestigious butler service are to be found along Mozambique’s shoreline and the country’s jewel-like islands of Bazaruto and Benguerra.

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Honeymoon Destination

Honeymoon Destination

Honeymoon Destination

With azure seas, endless stretches of unspoilt white beaches to explore and private island ...

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Honeymoon Destination

Honeymoon Destination

With azure seas, endless stretches of unspoilt white beaches to explore and private island getaways, Mozambique is the perfect honeymoon haven.

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Turtles

Turtles

Turtles

Turtles also frequent the waters, and leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles often come ashore ...

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Turtles

Turtles

Turtles also frequent the waters, and leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles often come ashore to lay their eggs on Bazaruto’s sandy beaches.

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camps & lodges

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort and Spa

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort and Spa

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa is located on Bazaruto Island, in the Bazaruto Archipelago. The Archipelago comprises a group of small ... Read More

Azura Benguerra

Azura Benguerra

Azura is Benguerra Island's luxurious 'eco'- boutique retreat.  Imagine an unspoilt island within a Marine National Park.  Miles of ... Read More

Benguerra Island Lodge

Benguerra Island Lodge

&Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge is surrounded by turquoise Indian Ocean waters and white sandy beaches, it is a short scenic helicopter flight to ... Read More

Casa Rex Lodge

Casa Rex Lodge

Casa Rex Lodge directly overlooks the crystal-clear turquoise Indian Ocean & Bazaruto Archipelago Islands and is a world class holiday and ... Read More

Flamingo Bay

Flamingo Bay

Flamingo Bay is located in the  Inhambane Province of Mozambique. Flamingo Bay Water Lodge is built on stilts in the crystal clear waters ... Read More

Massinga Beach

Massinga Beach

In the Inhambane Province of Mozambique, Massinga Beach sits above a stretch of endless, remarkably private beach overlooking the azure Indian ... Read More