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Bazaruto Island, Mozambique
Fast Facts
ACTIVITIES
Snorkeling
Scuba Diving
Birding
Fishing
Beach
 
 
Kid-Friendly Hotels
 
Points of Interest Nearby
 
 

Bazaruto Island

 

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

Approximately 35 km (22 miles) long and at most 7 km (4 miles) wide, Bazaruto Island or Ilha do Bazaruto is the largest and most frequently visited island in the archipelago. Characterized by towering sand dunes, Bazaruto is home to the Samango monkey, red duiker as well as numerous species of butterflies and birds. And aside from great scuba diving and snorkeling and excellent game and surf fishing enjoy birdwatching, sand boarding, horseback riding and hiking. Observe black-winged flamingos and turtle's nest. Visit a mangrove community and trek to the old Farol (lighthouse). Arrange a picnic on Pansy Island and turn what once would have been a romantic excursion for two into a family outing in the spirit of Robinson Crusoe. And relax. This is one place where you won't be distracted from spending quality time with the kids.
Getting There
 
Families traveling to Bazaruto Island will likely arrive/depart the airport in Vilanculos. Pelican Air flies from Johannesburg to Vilanculos twice daily, direct and via South Africa's Kruger National Park. LAM offers flights from Maputo. Transfers from the Vilanculos airport to the islands will be either by boat or by air and can are arranged through most hotels. For families staying on the mainland, day trips can be booked through your lodge or with Sail Away, one of the few independent operators offering transfers and excursions. Make the necessary enquires before hiring a dhow from a local fisherman.
When to Travel
 
The weather in the Bazaruto Archipelago is characterized by a wet and dry season. The best time to visit is from June to September when the average daytime temperature is between 22-30° C (71-86° F) and the chance of rain is minimal. The weather is hot and humid throughout the rainy season (November-April); the heaviest rains are in January and February. Most resorts are closed for the entire month of February.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
Water socks are recommended at all times and fundamental at low tide. Scuba diving and snorkeling trips as well as game fishing and whale watching tours can be arranged through most area lodges and resorts.
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Travel Trivia
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