A stopover for the islands, Vilanculos is an easy and vibrant coastal town to navigate. With plenty of markets from fresh fruit and vegetables to arts and crafts, it’s the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs before leaving Mozambique.
At Vilanculos, you will enjoy spectacular views, pristine beaches, and plenty of sunshine and is well known for diving, the array of accommodations, and its active and lively nightlife.
There is plenty to do here and is arguably the best spot for those who enjoy water sports and a bit more of a nightlife.
Visit the islands on day trips returning to the mainland in the afternoon. Famous for its huge prawns and local beers, stop off for lunch at a beach bar for a delectable Mozambique soiree.
You can also enjoy some of the most amazing dives and sightings of Whales, dolphins, turtles, and sharks.
Activities to enjoy include:
It is also an affordable option for those that find the islands price tags a little hefty – beautiful beaches and plenty to do equals a great destination. Vilanculos suits everyone – big or small groups, families with children from young to teens, couples, even corporate getaways.
Vilanculos is home to a variety of wildlife, including dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and a variety of marine life. There are also opportunities to see land-based wildlife in nearby national parks.
Mozambique is rich in culture, language, and cuisine. You can enjoy various unique experiences that allow you to appreciate the country’s rich cultural heritage and a deep sense of community among its people. In Vilanculos, you can take a trip to Michella where you meet over 50independentt artists who are passionate about their work and keen to share their stories and techniques. Their products are of good quality, handmade and creative, and range from textiles, accessories, wood carvings, and pottery.
You can enjoy a city tour with service providers such as Afromoz Tours who with their vast knowledge will help you appreciate the places you visit such as the local markets where you can enjoy delicious local cuisines, visit the ancient city and, learn about the town’s history, and cultural traditions.
Vilanculos has its own international airport and is the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. To get to Bazaruto Island, you can fly from the mainland, Vilanculos, to the islands using a commercial flight or private charter flight. You also have the option to take a helicopter operated by wildlife helicopter to the island which will cost you about $280 per seat.
Alternatively, you can opt for a boat transfer which takes approximately 45 – 60 minutes to reach the island, depending on the tides.
The variety of accommodation options makes it good for everyone to visit depending on your budget. It is an affordable option for those that find the island’s price tags a little hefty – beautiful beaches and plenty to do equals a great destination.
Vilanculos suits everyone – big or small groups, families with children from young to teens, couples, and even corporate getaways.