Bazaruto Archipelago is known for its unspoiled beauty and diverse ecologies. Experience the amazing wildlife, explore the pristine coral reefs and relax in paradise.
Welcome to Bazaruto Archipelago – the paradise islands of Mozambique.
The paradise islands of Mozambique
The picturesque islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique are known for their unspoiled beauty and diverse ecologies. The Bazaruto Archipelago contains of 6 islands, located just off the mainland between Vilanculos and Inhassoro, in southern Mozambique.
The largest island is Bazaruto, followed by Benguerra. On these two islands you can find beautiful accommodations like eco lodge options and idyllic bungalows.
The smallest islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago is Margaruque, Santa Carolina (Paradise Island), Banque and Pansy Shell Island. Here you can go for a day trip, but they do not provide any accommodations or place to buy something to drink or eat.
What to do in Bazaruto Archipelago
Bazaruto Marine National Park covers the entire Bazaruto Archipelago and is one of the largest reserves in the Indian Ocean.
The unique eco-system of the Bazaruto Archipelago sustains a diverse fauna and flora. You will find huge dunes, forests, savannahs, lakes and wetlands on all the 6 islands.
Encounter the amazing wildlife
The paradise islands of Mozambique offers stunning white beaches, swaying palms and shallow turquoise waters. In addition, Bazaruto Archipelago is also home to fresh-water crocodiles, samango monkeys and flamingos, who nest in the fresh-water lakes.
In the pristine coral reefs surrounding the islands you can find more than 2000 fish species. Whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins and humpback whales are common to experience while exploring. The paradise islands of Mozambique are also the last home of the rare and mysterious dugong, which is a medium-sized marine mammal.
Explore the pristine coral reefs
The amazing coral reefs surrounding Bazaruto Archipelago are protected area, and is not a crowded dive site. That said, the most common activity on the islands is diving and snorkeling. People come from all over the world to experience the underwater magic in the Bazaruto Marine National Park.
You can also experience the five species of Indian Ocean turtles breeding on the beaches.
Relaxation in paradise
Not to worry, if you’re not that into diving and snorkling. The paradise islands of Mozambique are perfect for peace and relaxation.
Sail away from island to island on a dhow and take in the picture-perfect nature around you. Enjoy a delicious seafood dinner on the beach and watch the magnificent sunset.
If you’re lucky the dolphins are ready to play at sunset, and you’ll get a glimpse of the wonderful animals jumping and playing in the water, while the sun goes down.
Best time to visit Mozambique
Mozambique has a warm and tropical climate which makes it a perfect destination all year. However, the dry season is considered the best time to visit Mozambique, as the weather is more pleasant. Peak tourist season is between June and September, but you can get very nice temperatures and low humidity from May to November.
It’s worth mentioning that the paradise islands of Mozambique and Barra/Tofo area experiencing less rainfall during rain season, than further south in the country. Many people visit Tofo Beach between November and March, beacuse of the good surf conditions and low humidity.