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Benguerra Island

Benguerra Island, Bazaruto Archipelago

 
Benguerra Island or Ilha de Benguerra was once a Portuguese penal colony and at roughly 11 km (7 miles) long by 5.5 km (3.5 miles) wide it is hard to imagine the archipelago's second largest island as anything but paradise for the castaway. Extensive white sand beaches and towering sand dunes provide a perfect backdrop to the Bazaruto Archipelago's major attraction, the sea. Snorkel and scuba dive. Kayak and sail. Head to the open waters and fish for marlin, kingfish and mackerel or partake in a whale watching tour. And should the kids require a break from deep-sea adventure, take a jeep tour ... Read Moreof the interior and in addition to marveling at the forests and lakes spy on 164 species of birds. Or slow down the pace with a hunt for shells. And, at low tide, turn your stroll into a shallow water safari. Spot starfish, cowfish, seahorses and crabs and observe the local women as they fish for oysters while balancing their catch on the top of their head.
Benguerra Island

Benguerra Island

Alfredo De Simone

Benguerra Island

Benguerra Island

Alfredo De Simone

Typical Hut in Mozambique

Typical Hut in Mozambique

Alfredo De Simone

Benguerra Island reviews
 

A great place to relax

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Submitted on 27 September 2007 by snowedunder from Monza, Italy

There is not much to Benguerra Island but white sand and blue sea. And with only two small lodges and an even smaller campground there is no such thing as a crowd. But there's a flipside. No shopping, no nightlife and, a part from the day trips (deep sea fishing, whale watching and snorkeling), no structured activities. For us, the trip to Benguerra was paradise. We took long walks along deserted beaches, read books, snorkeled, collected seashells and spent time with the kids.

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