Comprised of four stunning islands, the Bazaruto Archipelago is an escape from the outside world where you can find complete relaxation. Reached from the coastal town of Vilanculos, the two largest islands in the cluster are the archipelago's main hubs, while the two smaller islands remain uninhabited.
The vast majority of the archipelago is designated a marine national park; home to vibrant coral reefs and the largest population of dugong in East Africa. There is also the chance to spy dolphin and whale along with over 2000 different species of fish, including marlin and sailfish, which are popular for deep sea fishing. Diving is the gateway to this underwater world, with the archipelago credited as possessing some of the best dive spots in the world.
Beaches on these paradise isles are very alluring, both to humans and to turtles. The adorable reptiles use the beaches as a breeding ground, including the loggerhead turtle, which is terribly endangered and the second largest hard-shelled turtle in the world.
The two larger islands, Bazaruto and Benguerra are fun to explore - populated by cashew nut and wild orange trees, they certainly add effect to that castaway feeling. There are also a few villages to visit, although they are small and quiet. Accommodation ranges from Benguerra Lodge, the oldest accommodation in the archipelago and set in its own bay, to the luxurious Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa. With holidays to the Bazaruto Archipelago unwind on pristine beaches with nothing but the sound of the waves, or enjoy the excellent activities around the archipelago, with snorkelling water skiing and windsurfing joining deep sea fishing and diving to keep you entertained.
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Situated on Benguerra Island, indulge in this island paradise that offers a number of comfortable accommodation options, beautiful surrounding tropical forest and fantastic diving and snorkelling opportunities.
Stay in one of 16 villas on the stunning Benguerra Island - a private escape from the outside world. Relax on white unspoilt beaches, or call on your butler host should ever need anything.
A spacious villa perched on the seafront and its own stretch of beach, relax in air conditioned rooms with stunning ocean views and enjoy a wide range of exciting activities.
Stay in charming chalets or villas in this magnificent resort and discover a huge diversity of marine life - from over 100 species of coral, sea turtles and even rare dugong. Divers and honeymooners will love staying at this property.
Set on Mozambique's pretty south coast, Dugong Beach Lodge is the perfect gateway to the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary, with a huge diversity of marine life to discover.
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