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Indian Ocean island paradise

The largest island in Mozambique’s only dedicated marine park, Bazaruto supports two lovely resorts set on postcard-perfect beaches and rich snorkelling and diving opportunities.

Bazaruto is the largest island in the archipelago protected in Bazaruto National Park, which lies some 20 kilometres offshore of the Mozambican mainland between Vilankulo and Inhassoro. A succession of white palm-lined beaches makes the island's two resorts a perfect get-away-from-it-all holiday destination. Yet for most visitors, the main attraction of Bazaruto is the snorkelling and diving opportunities associated with the extensive fringing coral reefs. A dazzling array of brightly coloured and oddly shaped fish inhabit the clear waters of the coral gardens, and larger marine creatures – turtles, humpback whales and three species of dolphin – are also frequently seen. The island is also renowned for its challenging game fishing.

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Philip Briggs says

The snorkelling is fantastic, as are the beaches. But my personal highlight was the two-steps forward, one-step back ascent up the windswept dunes at the southern end of the island. The view from the top, with the open ocean and other islands stretching away to the south and a landscape of lakes and dunes running to the north, is truly sensational. 

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A striking feature of Bazaruto Island is the immense dunes that rise from its southern shore. A freshwater lake on Bazaruto Island supports a relict crocodile breeding population. Three species of turtle, including the rare loggerhead, breed on the beaches. The shallow ocean around Bazaruto also supports eastern Africa’s last viable population of the endangered dugong, a large marine mammal related to the manatee. Terrestrial mammals include Suni antelope, red duiker, bushbuck and Samango monkey.

The archipelago has much to enthuse birdwatchers. Roughly 150 species have been recorded, including several that are rare or localised elsewhere in southern Africa, such as crab, sand and Mongolian plovers, olive and blue-cheeked bee-eaters, and a variety of petrels, gulls and waders. Lesser flamingos are sometimes seen on the lakes. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Bazaruto

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

When is the best time to visit Bazaruto Island?

The best time to visit Bazaruto Island is during the dry season months of May to November. Mozambique is blessed with warm tempreture all year round, making it an excellent destination for water sport enthusiasts. go there.

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