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Bazaruto Island

Escape the ordinary and indulge in the natural beauty and tranquillity of Bazaruto Island, the crown jewel of the stunning Bazaruto archipelago. This island paradise boasts pristine white sands and azure-blue waters, inviting travellers to immerse themselves in an enchanting blend of untouched wilderness and modern comforts.

As the largest of the six captivating islands in the Bazaruto archipelago, Bazaruto Island is managed with the utmost dedication by African Parks, a renowned conservation organization. The island and its surrounding marine treasures are carefully preserved to ensure a harmonious balance between human exploration and preserving precious ecosystems. African Parks are working with communities, government and tour operators to help secure a sustainable future for people and wildlife. 

Located off the southern Mozambican coastline, Bazaruto Island is a picturesque haven that captivates the senses and rejuvenates the spirit. The vibrant coastal town of Vilanculos, a lively gateway to this paradisiacal destination, perfectly complements its serene ambience.

Discover the delightful fusion of local traditions and international influences, and join us in exploring this remarkable oasis where every moment is a testament to the wonders of nature and the joys of discovery.

Sea life

Embark on a captivating aquatic journey within the Bazaruto Archipelago, where a vibrant tapestry of marine life awaits your discovery. This pristine sanctuary is home to the last remaining population of dugongs in the region, along with whales, sharks, sailfish, manta rays, dolphins, marlin, and nesting sea turtles. Glide alongside the awe-inspiring manta rays, witness playful dolphins, and marvel at the sight of nesting sea turtles.

Delve into the underwater wonderland, encountering over 2000 species of fish, including surgeonfish, Moorish idols, parrotfish, angelfish, and butterflyfish, among others. Our tours offer the chance to immerse yourself in this flourishing realm, where every snorkel and dive unveils a world of splendor and fascination.

 Our carefully curated tours provide the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in this vibrant underwater world, unveiling its wonders through every snorkel and dive. Join us and be captivated by the beauty and diversity of Bazaruto Archipelago’s sea life.

 

Other wildlife

Beyond its pristine shores and azure waters, this island paradise is a haven for biodiversity, offering a rich and diverse array of terrestrial creatures.

Prepare to be enchanted by the island’s symphony of birdlife. Over 180 bird species dazzle with their melodious calls and vibrant plumage. From the charismatic African fish eagles to the elusive African paradise flycatchers, every glimpse of these winged wonders adds a layer of enchantment to your experience.

As you venture through the island’s lush landscapes, keep an eye out for the intriguing inhabitants of its ecosystem. Encounter the graceful suni antelope, symbolising the island’s unique charm. Marvel at the dance of vibrant butterflies, some found nowhere else on Earth, showcasing the island’s status as a sanctuary for rare and endemic species.

What to do on Bazaruto

Bazaruto offers an array of experiences against a backdrop of stunning landscapes and azure waters. Let the island’s allure captivate you as you embark on a journey tailored to your desires.

Explore Aquatic Thrills and Tranquility

Fishing Enthusiasts’ Paradise: Cast your line into the pristine waters and engage in a thrilling fishing expedition where the pursuit of the perfect catch blends with the serenity of the ocean.

Scuba Diving Delights: Plunge into a vibrant underwater realm as you navigate intricate coral gardens and encounter an array of marine life, creating lasting memories beneath the waves.

Snorkelling Spectacles: Even non-divers can revel in the magic of the sea by snorkelling amidst the breathtaking coral reefs, a world of colours and marine diversity just beneath the surface.

Mastering the Art of Water Play

Sailing Serenity: Set sail across the azure expanse, the gentle caress of the ocean breeze guiding your vessel as you explore the archipelago’s stunning coastline.

Windsurfing and Water Skiing: Harness the wind’s energy as you windsurf through the waves or experience the thrill of gliding on water skis, a fusion of adrenaline and aquatic beauty.

Kayaking Exploration: Embark on a peaceful kayaking adventure, immersing yourself in the ocean’s tranquillity and the captivating coastal scenery.

horse back riding bazaruto

Embrace Nature on Land and Sky

Coastal Horseback Riding: Ride along the beach on horseback, a harmonious dance between rider and steed set against the backdrop of the rhythmic tide.

Avian Symphony: Engage in the art of bird watching, where the skies come alive with the vibrant hues and melodies of the archipelago’s diverse bird species.

Dune Treks: Traverse the majestic dunes on a trek of discovery, each step a testament to the island’s untamed beauty and natural elegance.

4×4 Safaris: Venture into the heart of Bazaruto’s landscapes on a 4×4 safari, where rugged terrains reveal hidden treasures and unspoiled vistas.

Savour Moments of Relaxation

Sun-Kissed Serenity: Simply bask in the sun’s warmth on the island’s sun-drenched shores, letting time slip away as you relax and unwind.

In Bazaruto, every moment becomes a brushstroke on the canvas of your journey. Indulge in an experience tailored to your desires, and let this enchanting archipelago paint a masterpiece of memories you’ll treasure forever.

Best time to visit Bazaruto?

The best time to visit the Bazaruto Archipelago is during the dry season, from May to November. These months offer idyllic weather conditions, warm temperatures, clear blue skies, and light breezes – perfect for enjoying the archipelago’s world-class beaches, diving, snorkelling, and fishing opportunities.

May and June are the peak months to visit, with daily temperatures averaging around 75-80°F (24-27°C) and minimal rainfall. June also marks the start of the humpback whale season, providing opportunities for whale watching. July through September offer excellent weather, with July and August slightly less crowded and offering more affordable accommodation rates. September kicks off the renowned marlin fishing season, which runs through January.

While the wet season from December to April brings higher humidity and an increased chance of rain and cyclones, visiting the Bazaruto Archipelago can still be enjoyable. Accommodation prices are lower during this period, and the occasional rain showers provide a refreshing break from the heat. Early December is considered one of the best times to spot whale sharks in the area. Ultimately, with its year-round warm temperatures and stunning natural beauty, the Bazaruto Archipelago offers an unforgettable tropical escape any time of year.

Who is Bazaruto good for?

Bazaruto Archipelago is an idyllic destination that caters to many travellers seeking a blend of natural beauty, relaxation, and adventure. It is an excellent choice for:

Honeymooners and Couples: With its secluded beaches, turquoise waters, and romantic accommodations, Bazaruto offers a perfect setting for newlyweds and couples seeking a romantic getaway. The serene ambience and stunning sunsets create an intimate and unforgettable experience.

Families: The archipelago’s family-friendly resorts, safe beaches, and various activities make it an ideal destination for families with children. Kids can enjoy snorkelling, fishing, and exploring the island’s diverse marine life, while parents can relax and unwind.

Beach Enthusiasts: Those who love soaking up the sun, swimming, and basking in the beauty of pristine beaches will find Bazaruto a true paradise. The soft, white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters provide the perfect backdrop for a rejuvenating beach vacation.

Divers and Snorkelers: Bazaruto is renowned for its rich marine life and vibrant coral reefs, making it a dream destination for divers and snorkelers. The archipelago offers excellent diving sites, including the Two Mile Reef, which boasts an incredible diversity of marine species, from colourful fish to dolphins and whale sharks.

Overall, Bazaruto’s pristine natural beauty, varied accommodations, and diverse activities make it a fantastic choice for families, couples, adventure enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a truly unforgettable tropical island experience.

Where to stay in Bazaruto Island

Experience the epitome of luxury and relaxation at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort, a premier destination in Mozambique’s heart. Renowned as one of the finest resorts in the region, this exquisite beach lodge seamlessly blends opulence with Mozambican charm. Enjoy lavish accommodations, tantalising culinary journeys, rejuvenating spa indulgences, and authentic local encounters.

Whether you’re seeking serenity or adventure, the resort’s laid-back atmosphere invites families and active travelers alike to revel in the splendors of paradise. Unwind on pristine shores or embark on invigorating escapades – the choice is yours. With its seamless blend of luxury and local authenticity, Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort offers an unparalleled escape that will linger in your memories long after you depart.

Anantara Bazaruto

Set on a beach on an island not far off the mainland sits Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort. It offers a very laid-back atmosphere and is a great spot for families or those wishing to enjoy a bit of an active escape in paradise.

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Bazaruto Island FAQs

How to get to Bazaruto Island?

  1. Boat and Shared Transfer: You can easily access the island by taking a 15-minute shared road transfer from Vilanculos Airport to the beach landing point, followed by a complimentary shared boat transfer. The boat journey takes 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the tides.

  2. Plane: You can also fly from the mainland of Mozambique to Bazaruto Island.

  3. Private Helicopter: For a more exclusive experience, you can opt for a private helicopter ride to the island.

Can I visit Bazaruto Island on a day trip?

While it is possible to visit Bazaruto Island on a day trip, staying at least a few nights is recommended to experience the island’s beauty and activities fully. Most lodges offer all-inclusive packages that include meals, activities, and accommodations.

What currency is used on Bazaruto Island?

The local currency used on Bazaruto Island is Mozambican metical (MZN). Some lodges may also accept US dollars or euros.

Are there any cultural attractions or experiences on Bazaruto Island?

While Bazaruto Island is primarily known for its beaches and marine life, some cultural experiences are available there. Visitors can participate in traditional dhow boat trips, visit local villages, or attend cultural events such as music and dance performances.

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