The gateway to Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago is Vilanculos and Inhassoro – a chain of coastal town of four large islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Santa Isobel and Santa Carolina (formerly known as Paradise Island).
Strung out in the Indian Ocean, the two smaller islands are uninhabited, while the others have a few small villages scattered amongst wild orange and cashew nut trees. These are places to relax, to escape and to explore. The area is now protected as a conservation area and national park, including the coral reefs surrounding the islands, making it the only official marine reserve in the country. The park is one of the largest in the Indian Ocean and a crucial achievement in global marine conservation. A nearly untouched paradise on earth, the archipelago has earned its reputation as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’.
Islands and beach lodges in the Bazaruto Archipelago
Marlin Lodge overlooks the tranquil Flamingo bay. The chalets are built on wooden stilts and most have a private boardwalk directly onto the beach. Marlin Lodge is relaxed but luxurious, and very smoothly run. (Read more about Marlin Lodge…)
The newest lodge – Azura Mozambique – is the most elegant beach lodge in the Bazaruto Archipelago. It’s situated within the marine national park and each villa is set amongst indigenous trees and bushes, only footsteps from the beach. Azura Mozambique is smart and romantic, with particularly good service and food. Azura’s choice of activities is wide, and its spa promises to be top quality. (Read more about Azura Mozambique…)
Indigo Bay Island Resort
Indigo Bay Island Resort on Bazaruto is quite substantial with smooth paths and small golf carts for moving luggage (and sometimes guests) between the rooms. The resort was totally rebuilt in 2001 and completely re-arranged and up-graded in 2006. Indigo Bay is the largest resort in the Bazaruto Archipelago, and in design terms probably the most like a conventional hotel. Indigo Bay is family-friendly, its amenities and facilities are excellent, and the standard of service is high. (Read more about Indigo Bay Island Resort.
Bazaruto Lodge is situated in a bay on the north side on the Bazaruto Archipelago. It is a friendly and efficiently-run resort which is great value. It’s not swish or stylish, and they don’t fuss over you, but it has a laid-back, Mediterranean charm. The wide beaches and the calm and safe swimming areas make the Bazaruto Lodge family friendly. (Read more about Bazaruto Lodge…)