Mozambique’s coastline stretches up to 2500 kilometres, a majority of which remains in pristine condition, bordered by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Along this shoreline is a remarkable island chain known as the Bazaruto Archipelago, an important marine sanctuary that will leave its visitors with some unforgettable memories.
The Perfect Island Destination
Despite its apparent isolation, Bazaruto is easily accessible by simple booking a flight with daily flights being available from Johannesburg. There are several Mozambique resorts to choose from such as the Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort. Wherever you decide to stay, countless exciting experiences lie in wait for you at this tropical getaway.
Dive with Oceanic Megafauna
The Bazaruto archipelago is home to some of the largest and most threatened marine life on the planet. This includes the world’s largest fish – the whale shark, the endangered leatherback turtle, and the enormous humpback whale. There are world class diving spots spread across the archipelago which allow visitors to experience these majestic creatures first-hand.
A Protected Sanctuary
Bazaruto was declared as a national park in 1971 and has since become an important conservation site for the secretive dugong. In fact, the archipelago contains the largest and last viable population of dugong in the West Indian Ocean. There are about 120 individuals currently residing in these warm waters, and if you’re one of the lucky few, you might just catch a glimpse of these elusive giants.
A Bird Watcher’s Paradise
Few places can top Bazaruto when it comes to bird watching opportunities. The islands are frequented by over 180 different species of birds which include a variety of palearctic migrants, as well as huge congregations of pelican and flamingo which regularly visit the coastal lakes and tidal pools.