Situated on Mozambique’s coastline, Vilanculos serves as the gateway to the idyllic Benguerra Islands and Bazaruto Archipelago and has a laid-back atmosphere that showcases the authentic charm of the Portuguese-influenced country.

The Starting Point For Most Mozambique Escapes

Hugging the east coast of Africa in the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean, the starting point for most Mozambique escapes is Vilanculos, where azure waters, sandy beaches, and untouched landscapes await. Situated on the mainland, Vilanculos serves as the gateway to the idyllic Benguerra Islands and Bazaruto Archipelago. Accessible by boat or scheduled flight from Johannesburg and Maputo, it showcases the authentic charm of Mozambique. Meander through its colourful markets and stop in at a pub for a local beer to get a sense of the warmth and hospitality unique to this region. Embark on thrilling diving and snorkelling excursions to witness the kaleidoscope of marine life thriving beneath the surface. The vibrant coral reefs surrounding the Benguerra Islands are teeming with exotic fish, manta rays, and even the majestic dugongs.

Indulge in Tropical Beach Bliss

A trip to Vilanculos is incomplete without a visit to the Benguerra Islands and Bazaruto Archipelago – a group of six islands that increase and decrease in size with the tide. Holding the allure of an undiscovered paradise with exotic palm-lined beaches and turquoise waters, the surrounding waters are a protected marine reserve. The warm waters that surround the islands are perfect for swimming, diving and snorkelling and are home to vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life.  A playground for water enthusiasts, Vilanculos offers a wide range of thrilling activities to suit every taste. Set sail on a traditional dhow boat and cruise along the coast. Try your hand at windsurfing or kitesurfing. Embark on a deep-sea fishing excursion. Kayak through mangrove forests, explore the tranquil waterways and observe the rich birdlife. Vilanculos’ waters provide an exhilarating playground for adventure seekers and a paradise for water sports enthusiasts.


Vilanculos offers luxury resorts and boutique hotels, cosy guesthouses and beachfront lodges. We have hand selected those that will ensure the best experience and proximity to the activities, allowing you to experience all the area has to offer from the mainland.

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