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Bazaruto Island is the largest and northernmost island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, measuring some 40 kilometres long and 7 kilometres wide.  It is one of five sun soaked tropical islands located some 30 kilometres off the coast of mainland Mozambique. The islands are reached by boat or light aircraft from the mainland town of Vilanculos, and their pristine beaches, tall palms and unspoilt nature have deservedly led to their being called "Crown Jewels of the Indian Ocean".

The whole of the archipelago falls within the Bazaruto Marine Reserve, which measures 1,400 km sq. and is one of the largest protected marine areas in the Indian Ocean. Its waters contain humpback whales, marlin, dolphins, manta rays, dazzling coral, five turtle species and one of world's few viable populations of the endangered dugong.

At just over two hours by air from Johannesburg and half that time from the Kruger national park, these islands are a great place to wind down after a safari, and also make the perfect setting for an off-the-beaten-track Robinson Crusoe style honeymoon holiday.



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Fly to

Vilanculos or Pemba

flying time

14 hours 30 minutes via Johannesburg or via Dar Es Salam

time difference

GMT +2 hours


Required for UK passport holders and must be obtained prior to arrival via the embassy or visa service company.

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations

Best time to travel

June - August


The best time to travel to Mozambique is between June and August, rainfall is low and temperatures warm in the low to mid twenties. The rainy season runs from November through until March.


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Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa

Bazaruto Island is one of five principal islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago, which lies just 30 kilometres off the coast of Vilanculos. It is the largest... Find out more

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andBeyond Benguerra Island

andBeyond Benguerra Island is comprised of 12 rooms (10 casinhas and two cabanas) reflecting African and Portuguese design. A little slice of paradise... Find out more

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Azura Benguerra

With just 18 villas, each with their own pool and designed for the ultimate in pampering and privacy. Each of the beach side villas blend modern chic... Find out more

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Santorini Mozambique

Villa Santorini is located a few kilometres north of Vilanculous on its own stretch of beach overlooking the Bazaruto Archipelago. The Main Villa has... Find out more

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