Benguerra Island and Bazaruto Archipelago

The Bazaruto Archipelago is a protected marine reserve that shelters an array of marine life, making it a dream destination for nature enthusiasts and conservationists.

Discover an Indian Ocean Island Paradise

A group of six islands off the coast of southern Mozambique and accessed by the bustling town of Vilanculos and its modern, international airport, the Bazaruto archipelago lies within the Bazaruto National Park. The coast around Vilanculos and the islands themselves are known for their white-sand beaches and wonderful ocean filled with a rich variety of marine life. The biggest of the islands, Bazaruto, is renowned for its towering dunes, while the coral reefs around Magaruque and Santa Carolina islands protect significant numbers of the critically endangered dugong. The wetlands, forests and grasslands of Benguerra Island’s interior are home to many bird species which nest there. The protected marine reserve shelters an array of marine life, making it a dream destination for nature and ocean enthusiasts. Snorkel or dive alongside graceful whale sharks, turtles and playful dolphins, stroll along the shoreline, bask in the sun, or enjoy a picnic under the shade of swaying palm trees. An essential activity is taking a dhow cruise and exploring the unique sandbanks.

Benguerra Island and Its Tidal Influences

Benguerra Island, one of the jewels of the Bazaruto Archipelago, is a secluded retreat reached from Vilanculos by boat or short helicopter flight. Immerse yourself in the surroundings of pristine beaches, framed by swaying palm trees and turquoise waters. Feel the soft sand beneath your toes as you stroll along the shoreline – especially at low tide when the warm water recedes by almost a kilometre. Indulge in blissful moments of relaxation, basking in the warm tropical sun or taking refreshing dips in the crystal-clear ocean. Renowned for its vibrant marine ecosystem it is a haven for snorkelers and divers. Dive into the warm Indian Ocean waters to discover vibrant coral reefs teeming with tropical fish, graceful manta rays gliding through the water, and even encounters with gentle giants like dolphins and dugongs. Whether you are an experienced diver or a novice snorkeler, the Bazaruto Archipelago promises unforgettable underwater adventures. Island activities include climbing the towering dune, visiting the resident community and taking private picnics on the water’s edge.


There is a selection of exquisite and exclusive accommodations, ranging from luxury resorts to intimate beachfront villas on Benguerra Island and Bazaruto Island. Many accommodations offer private pools, spa facilities, and delectable cuisine, creating a castaway sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation in this coastal paradise.

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