The Bazaruto Archipelago (pronounced arki-pel-a-go) is made up of a handful of small islands. These islands consist of Bazaruto, Benguerra, Maraque, Banque and Santa Carolina and form part of the Bazaruto National Park. The area is a protected conservation area and the only official marine reserve in Mozambique.
This virtually untouched and tranquil Mozambique holiday paradise, with endless palm-fringed beaches and a profound variety of marine life makes for an ultimate island holiday. With miles of sandy beaches gracing the islands, along with turquoise waters, whether snorkelling or scuba diving, you will be sure to discover hidden treasures beneath the tropical ripples. For those less inclined to spend time below the surface, big game fishing or identifying interesting bird species are also on offer in an abundance within the Bazaruto Archipelago. The islands are home to over 200 species of fish and numerous bird species.
A diver’s paradise, the Bazaruto Archipelago is home to include Anglefish, Parrot and Moorish Idols to name only a few. The diverse marine life and crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean with its excellent visibility can be explored by the more experienced divers to depths of up to 30 meters. Giant Sea Turtles, Devil Rays can be seen regularly and for the lucky few who manage a rare sighting, the elusive dugong. Dive schools are located around the islands for beginners wanting to experience diving.
Mid-September to the end of December are the best times for Marlin fishing. All year round smaller game fish can also be caught. There is a “tag and release” policy within the region. Due to the conditions, most fishing is done close the shoreline and the Bazaruto Archipelago is blessed with a hybrid of sea life.
More than 160 bird species have been confirmed on the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Various low tide areas are excellent for sightings of crab plover, gulls and waders. The fresh water lake areas are particularly good viewing areas. An impressive count is found in coastal dunes and the open grasslands. You are spoiled for choice with the luxurious options on the menu. Offering a wide variety of escorted tours such as boat trips to the nearby Portuguese Island or dhow cruises across the bay, Inhambane is a culmination of nature, diving, history and culture and will ensure a comforting break.