The stunning Bazaruto Archipelago off the Mozambique coast consists of five main islands: Bazaruto Island, Benguerra Island, Magaruque Island, Bangue Island, and Santa Carolina (Paradise) Island. These islands all encompass the protected Bazaruto National Park, and the entire Bazaruto Archipelago is home to a variety of flora and fauna that have flourished amidst isolation and a small human population. There are over 180 species of birds, indigenous butterflies, suni antelope, and freshwater crocodiles counted among its land-based treasures. Migratory birds from the northern regions of Europe and Asia are also known to nest here, making temporary homes in the area wetlands.
Bazaruto, Benguerra, and Maguruque were once part of an intricate sand peninsula that was attached to the Mozambique mainland, but separated as the continent slowly dipped into the ocean over many millennia. Mozambique Channel runs along the eastern edges of these islands, a waterway bountiful with game fish that attracts many big game fishermen from all over the world. A private fishing excursion Bazaruto Archipelago could very well net impressive marlins and barracudas.
Go below the surface to discover the vibrant marine life that populates the protected coral reefs of the Bazaruto Archipelago. The peaceful, colorful display of these reefs provides some of the best diving and snorkeling experiences the aquatic world can offer. Under the crystal blue waves, find some 2,000 types of fish, dolphin, healthy dugong populations, giant lobster, and several species of marine turtles traveling around and through the 120-plus species of coral. Wale sharks, manta rays, and humpback whales are also known to be glimpsed near the Bazaruto Archipelago at certain times of the year.
Of course, the miles of gorgeous sandy beaches are the ideal vantage point to take it all in. Whether for the wonders of the sea or the safari sightings on land, a custom itinerary to Mozambique should include a visit to the Bazaruto Archipelago – contact your Ker & Downey luxury travel consultant to start planning.