Bazaruto Archipelago
Marine Reserve

This is one of Mozambique's most famous national parks and tourist facilities on the islands are geared towards luxury tourism. There are four main islands - Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque and Santa Carolina.

The largest island in the group is Bazaruto Island, filled with fresh water lakes inhabited by crocodiles, exotic butterflies and many species of birds. The island itself is home to some 125 different species of birds. Benguerra, south of Bazaruto, is smaller but with similar geography and wildlife.

Bazaruto Archipelago

The Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique is made up of several idyllic tropical islands. It has become known as one of the most romantic island getaways in the Indian Ocean.

Dive Bazarruto

Snorkeling, scuba diving and the big game fish provide excellent opportunities for fishermen. The entire area is protected as a world-class conservation area. 
Diving Bazaruto Package

Traditional Arab Dhow

Sail to the Bazaruto Islands in traditional fashion - on an Arab Dhow. This is the iconic way to sail in Mozambique.

The Beauty of Bazaruto

The Bazaruto islands are covered by large sand dunes and freshwater lakes, which are nesting grounds for black-winged Flamingos. They are also home to small herds of red Duiker antelope as well as freshwater Crocodiles and Samango Monkeys.

The closest island to Vilanculos is Magaruque and is small enough to make a day trip worthwhile as you can walk around the island in a couple of hours. Santa Carolina is the smallest island and is surrounded by the deepest waters of the islands making it ideal for game fishing.

For wildlife lovers one of the chief attractions must be the prospect of seeing dugong, now threatened with extinction in many other parts of the world. These mammals are seen regularly in the waters around the islands, as are Dolphins, Turtles and humpback Whales.

For those with an interest in the history of the islands, there are the ruins of a 19th century fort on Magaruque and a lighthouse on Bazaruto, which is just over one hundred years old. With the exception of Santa Carolina, all the Bazaruto islands have accommodation.

One option is to cruise the islands on a traditional dhow, the Funazi. The trip takes five days, visits four islands and includes all park fees, meals, drinks and accommodation. Alternatively you can arrange a boat trip to the smaller islands from the lodges of Bazaruto and Benguerra Islands.

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