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Magaruque Island, Mozambique
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ACTIVITIES
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Points of Interest Nearby
 
 

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A day trip to Magaruque Island is a must for families wishing to snorkel or scuba dive in solitude. And it is one of the few places in the Bazaruto Archipelago where it is possible to swim to the reef from shore. Yet you need not be an underwater aficionado to enjoy a trip to Magaruque Island. Hike to the ruins of a 19th century fort. Take a stroll around the island in less than an afternoon. And engage the kids in a search for Pansy shells. At low tide, hundreds of these once fury sea urchins grace the island's shore ensuring many joyful cries of "Hey mom, I found another."
Getting There
 
Magaruque is situated roughly 10 km (6 miles) east of Vilanculos, Mozambique. A day trip to Magaruque is best initiated from Vilanculos, Benguerra Island or Bazaruto Island. Snorkeling and scuba diving trips can be arranged through most upscale lodges. Sail Away, located in Vilanculos, is one of the few independent operators offering excursions to Magaruque. Given the distance, a trip on an unmotorized dhow is likely to take many hours.
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
 
For the moment, there are no lodges or resorts on Magaruque Island.
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