The Bazaruto Archipelago situated a stone’s throw off the Mozambique coast at Vilanculos has long been a spectacular beach and island destination that historically attracted mostly South African and Zimbabwean visitors. Its international acclaim has been growing since the early 1990s however and for good reason.
The archipelago – a national park proclaimed to protect the endangered Dugong – is comprised of four islands, two of which are accessible to ecotourists: Bazaruto and Benguerra. Here, the exact choice dependent on the composition of the travel group (couples; families, friends) and their favoured activities, we favour Benguerra Lodge, Azura and Indigo Bay. All three camps offer an idyllic tropical island experience with spectacular snorkelling, diving, fishing, island exploration and simple beach picnics.
Further north in Mozambique off the coast of the historic Arab-influenced Pemba lies the Quirimbas Archipelago, a totally different island experience to Bazaruto. Here two low lying islands host small intimate camps ideal for a remote, ‘get away from it all’ holiday or honeymoon. Matemo Island and Mejumbe Private Island both offer warm oceans, easy snorkelling, diving and a spectacular escape.