The idyllic islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique are known for their unspoilt beauty and diverse ecologies. The pristine coral reefs are home to more than 2000 fish species as well as whales and dolphins.
Needless to say, the diving and snorkelling in the Bazaruto Marine National Park is superb and sought after by many travellers. Mozambique visitors who would just like to get away from it all will find Bazaruto just the place to relax, sip cocktails and indulge in a delicious seafood beach dinner or perhaps sail away on a dhow for a castaway picnic!
There are actually 6 islands within the Bazaruto Archipelago which lie just off the mainland between Vilanculos and Inhassoro. The largest island is Bazaruto, then Benguerra, Margaruque, Santa Carolina (Paradise Island), Banque and Pansy Shell Island.
Our favourite accommodation in the Bazaruto Archipelago includes Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort
, Azura Benguerra Island
and Benguerra Island Lodge
. The unique eco-system of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique sustains diverse fauna and flora. Visitors exploring the islands will find huge dunes, forest and savannah, inland lakes and wetlands.
These Mozambique islands have endless stunning and deserted white beaches, swaying palms and shallow turquoise waters. The Bazaruto Archipelago is just perfect for peace, solitude and time to watch the magnificent sunsets.
Bazaruto Archipelago Activities
More active visitors to this Mozambique area can engage in an exciting array of activities - including diving some of the best sites in the world on Two Mile Reef and beyond, or kayaking and parasailing.
Visibility is excellent in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Beginners can also get into the swing of things at the dive school while more experienced divers explore depths of up to 30 metres.
Snorkellers will love The Aquarium, a huge protected natural pool. The coral reefs of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique are known for being incredibly varied and the least disturbed in this part of the Indian Ocean.
The dive sites are not crowded and spectacular marine life can be seen and even swum with. This protected area is home to whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins and whales (Hump Back) as well as the mysterious and rare Dugong.
Five species of Indian Ocean turtle breed on the beaches, while offshore, sailfish and marlin living in deeper waters surrounding the park, provide spectacular game fishing opportunities.
Bazaruto Archipelago Weather
Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique has a warm, tropical climate with less rainfall than further south. The rainy season (from November to May) can get very uncomfortable because of the high humidity.
The rest of the year can be warm but mostly pleasant. The humidity goes down, as does the rainfall, allowing you to make the most of all the outdoor activities and watersports.
Evenings are warm except for a few nights in June and July - very warm temperatures experienced in summer but with less humidity than the mainland. The dry season (June to October) is the best time to visit Bazaruto Archipelago.
Stay in Bazaruto
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort and Spa (formerly knows as Indigo Bay) is situated on the idyllic and pristine Bazaruto Island in Mozambique...more
Azura Villas is a Mozambique luxury eco-boutique retreat on the island of Benguerra. Accommodation in luxurious villas with private pools...more
This 6-day Bazaruto Island Family Holiday is the ultimate beach holiday in the idyllic Bazaruto Archipelago. Child-friendly activities and equipment...more
Benguerra Lodge is situated on Ilha de Benguerra, which forms part of the Bazaruto National Park in Mozambique. This Mozambique lodge is set in an Acacia...more
Our 7-day Private Island Bazaruto Honeymoon Package allows you to escape to a secluded tropical paradise in the Bazaruto Archipelago...more
This 7 Day Remote Island Breakaway is ideal for couple or honeymooners, who want to escape to a remote island and enjoy diving and fishing, sailing and horse riding down the beach...more