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Benguerra Island

Nestled within the embrace of the Bazaruto Archipelago, Benguerra Island emerges as a radiant jewel among its six companions of white sandy splendour. Poised off the sun-kissed coastline of southern Mozambique, this island paradise stands in captivating contrast to the vibrant coastal town of Vilanculos, a mere expanse of azure waters away. Extending over a mere 11 kilometres in length, Benguerra claims the distinction of being the archipelago’s second-largest island.

Despite its modest dimensions, Benguerra Island possesses an immense allure, accentuated by its air of exclusive seclusion. With just two intimate lodges adorning its shores, the island offers an invitation to escape the cacophony of everyday life and immerse oneself in unadulterated tranquillity. Here, the passage of time becomes a mere whisper as you surrender to the rhythm of gentle waves and the embrace of pristine beaches. Amidst this cocoon of serenity, Benguerra Island beckons you to embark on a journey of rejuvenation, where the boundaries between bliss and reality become blissfully blurred.

Sea life

Benguerra Island, the archipelago’s second-largest, promises an array of island activities and remarkable marine encounters. Explore the waters around the island to witness Africa’s last known population of rare dugongs. Keep an eye out for whale sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, and whales, all adding to the allure of the seas. Benguerra’s underwater realm is home to a rich diversity of tropical fish thriving in one of the world’s most untouched coral reefs. Your journey here offers a unique glimpse into a thriving marine ecosystem, making every snorkelling and diving experience rewarding with the ocean’s wonders.

Other wildlife

Benguerra Island is a haven for marine life and offers diverse terrestrial wildlife. While the island’s pristine shores and surrounding waters teem with aquatic wonders, its landscapes harbour various unique creatures and captivating species. Exploring beyond the coastline, you may encounter suni antelope, Nile crocodiles, and a wide variety of bird species that grace the skies and trees of this enchanting island. Additionally, Benguerra Island boasts endemic butterflies that add a touch of colour and charm to its already vibrant ecosystem. Whether by land or sea, your journey on Benguerra Island promises an immersive encounter with nature’s beauty and diversity.

What to do on Benguerra

Benguerra Island offers a diverse range of activities that cater to various interests and preferences. Here’s a glimpse of what you can enjoy during your time on the island:

Beach Relaxation: Indulge in pure relaxation on the island’s pristine beaches. Lounge under the sun, take strolls along the shore and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambience.

Snorkelling and Diving: Explore the vibrant underwater world surrounding Benguerra Island. Snorkel or dive to witness the stunning coral reefs, marine life, and shipwrecks that inhabit the crystal-clear waters.

Fishing: Engage in fishing expeditions, whether you’re an avid angler or a novice. The island offers opportunities for both deep-sea and fly-fishing, allowing you to test your skills against the Indian Ocean’s diverse fish species.

Island Excursions: Embark on guided island tours to discover Benguerra’s natural beauty. Explore its landscapes, encounter wildlife, and learn about local culture and traditions.

Water Activities: Enjoy a range of water sports, including kayaking, paddle-boarding, and sailing, as you make the most of the island’s azure waters.

Horseback Riding: Experience the island from a different perspective by riding horseback along its scenic beaches and interior.

Spa and Wellness: Unwind and rejuvenate with spa treatments incorporating natural elements and local techniques, ensuring a soothing and revitalising experience.

Bird Watching: Benguerra Island is a paradise for bird enthusiasts. Observe an array of bird species that inhabit the island, including majestic African fish eagles and colourful paradise flycatchers.

Cultural Encounters: Engage with the local community to gain insights into the island’s culture, traditions, and way of life through guided interactions and experiences.

Sunset Cruises: Set sail on a sunset cruise, sipping on refreshing beverages as you witness the breathtaking hues of the Indian Ocean’s twilight sky.

Stargazing: Marvel at the night sky’s brilliance away from city lights, creating the perfect setting for stargazing and celestial contemplation.

Photography: Capture the island’s beauty through your lens, from stunning landscapes to unique wildlife encounters.

Benguerra Island offers a captivating blend of relaxation, adventure, and natural exploration, ensuring every visitor’s memorable and enriching experience.

man catches fish, benguerra island

Who is Benguerra good for?

Benguerra Island caters to a diverse range of travellers, making it an appealing destination for various preferences and interests. This Mozambican paradise is particularly well-suited for:

Beach Enthusiasts: If you’re seeking a tranquil and idyllic beach escape, Benguerra’s pristine shores provide the perfect setting for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Nature and Wildlife Lovers: The island’s diverse ecosystem, encompassing both marine and terrestrial life, offers a haven for those passionate about exploring and observing nature’s wonders.

Adventure Seekers: From snorkelling and diving to fishing and horseback riding, Benguerra Island presents many adventurous activities for those eager to create lasting memories.

Water Sports Enthusiasts: With various water sports, including kayaking, paddle-boarding, and sailing, the island appeals to individuals who thrive on aquatic activities.

Romantic Getaways: Couples looking for a romantic escape will be captivated by the island’s secluded beaches, breathtaking sunsets, and intimate atmosphere.

Divers and Snorkelers: The island’s thriving coral reefs and marine biodiversity make it an ideal destination for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts.

Eco-Conscious Travellers: Benguerra Island’s commitment to conservation and sustainability aligns with the values of those who prioritise eco-friendly and responsible tourism.

Photographers: Whether capturing stunning landscapes, vibrant marine life, or unique cultural encounters, photographers will find endless opportunities to capture extraordinary moments.

Birdwatchers: The island is a paradise for birdwatching enthusiasts with a rich diversity of bird species, including migratory and indigenous birds.

Cultural Explorers: Engaging with the local community and learning about Mozambican culture adds depth to the experience for travellers interested in cultural immersion.

Wellness Retreat Seekers: The island’s spa and wellness offerings provide a serene environment for relaxation, rejuvenation, and self-care.

Benguerra Island’s versatility ensures that every type of traveller can find something to enjoy, making it a destination where personal interests and preferences can be embraced and celebrated.

Where to stay on Benguerra Island

There are three luxury lodges on Benguerra Island, both of which offer a range of accommodation options. One lodge has ten spacious casinhas, while the other has ten villas with private plunge pools. All the lodges offer a high level of service, attention to detail, and delicious cuisine.

Azura Benguerra

In one of the most gorgeous, pristine and private locations, Azura Benguerra is far removed from the rest of the world offering its guests ultimate luxury.

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Benguerra Island FAQs

What is the best time to visit Benguerra Island?

The best time to visit Benguerra Island is during the dry season, which runs from April to November. During this time, the weather is sunny and warm with little to no rain, making it perfect for beach activities and wildlife watching.

How to get to Benguerra Island?

To reach Benguerra Island, you have several options:

  1. Flight and Boat Transfer: Fly to Vilanculos Airport in Mozambique and then take a short road transfer (about 15 minutes) to the beach landing point. From there, enjoy a shared boat transfer (approximately 45-60 minutes, depending on tides) to Benguerra Island.

  2. Private Helicopter: Arrange a private helicopter transfer from Vilanculos Airport directly to Benguerra Island for a more exclusive and scenic journey.

  3. Chartered Yacht: For an opulent experience, you can charter a yacht or boat to transport you to Benguerra Island from Vilanculos or other nearby locations.

Whichever mode of transportation you choose, your arrival on Benguerra Island promises to be an unforgettable start to your exploration of this captivating paradise.

Is it safe to visit Benguerra Island?

Benguerra Island is generally safe for visitors, with minor crimes reported. However, visitors should take standard precautions to ensure their safety, such as securing their belongings and not walking alone at night.

Do I need a visa to visit Benguerra Island?

Visa requirements for Mozambique vary depending on your home country. Some visitors may be able to enter Mozambique without a visa, while others must obtain a visa in advance. You should check with your embassy or consulate to confirm the specific visa requirements for your nationality. Additionally, visitors to Mozambique will need a valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining beyond their planned departure date.

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