The Bazaruto Archipelago is a strikingly lovely protected conservation area, and a snorkelling and scuba-diving paradise.
Lying some 30 to 35km off the mainland coastline of Mozambique, this archipelago is made up of the five islands of Bazaruto, Santa Carolina, Benguerra, Magaruque and Bangue. Within this relatively small area, you will find diverse habitats, from seagrass meadows, coral reefs, extensive tidal flats, mangrove communities and salinas to sandy beaches, sand dunes, coastal thicket, swamp forests, climax evergreen forest, savanna grassland and freshwater lakes.
The warm, shallow, crystal-clear waters between the Bazaruto Archipelago and the mainland feature extensive seagrass beds that support the most important population of dugongs in the western Indian Ocean. Spinner, bottlenose, common and humpback dolphins as well as right and minke whales are found in deeper waters, while five marine turtle species (leatherback, loggerhead, green, hawksbill and ridley turtles) breed on the islands’ pristine beaches. Very rich coral formations support diverse and important populations of reef fish and other organisms, while pelagic fish are abundant, with over 2 000 recorded fish species. Look out for the samango monkey, Nile crocodile in the freshwater lakes on Bazaruto and Benguerra, and antelope species such as the red duiker.
Within this fragile ecosystem, exclusive low-impact coastal resorts work closely with local people to offer visitors authentic and interactive experiences that further conservation goals and benefit communities.
Bazaruto Archipelago National Park