Bazaruto Archipelago National Park
Diving Beaches Culture
Sensations of the Bazaruto Archipelago
Superb diving and snorkeling on "2 Miles Reef", excellent bird watching, amazing marine wildlife, sea safaris, horse riding, deep sea fishing, kite surfing, boat trips and perfect beach indulgences.
A nature lover’s dream
See the amazing marine life – 100 elusive dugongs, 3 species of turtles and many dolphins inhabit the waters. Up to 178 species of birds and a small Nile crocodile colony live on Benguerra island. Small antelopes, duiker, suni, squirrels, samango monkeys, snakes, bush bucks and flamingos also share this small Eden.
Declared a National Park in 1971, the Bazaruto Archipelago has an amazing natural ecosystem due to its isolation, sustaining a diverse population of fauna and flora including forest, savannah and wetland. It consists of 5 stunning islands and numerous sand banks, covering an area of 1.400km2. Stunning sands dunes, up to 70 meters high, dive into the cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean.
• Bazaruto Island, the biggest in the Archipelago (32.5 kilometers in length and 5 kilometers in width) is made up of sand dunes, grass and scrub land.
• Benguerra is located 1 kilometer South of Bazaruto. It is about 12 kilometers long with lush vegetation and white sandy beaches.
• Magaruque is located 5.5 kilometers off Benguerra and is the smallest island. A pleasant 3 hour walk will take you around the entire island. The best snorkeling area is south east of the island islet.
• Santa Carolina (Paradise Island) is highly regarded as the jewel of the five islands of Bazaruto Archipelago. The only coral rock island in the archipelago, it is a mere 2.3 kilometers in length, surrounded by clear, turquoise waters. It has three beautiful beaches and coral reefs close to the shore.
• Bangue islet is uninhabited. 3.500 Mozambicans live on the other 4 islands.
During the 15th century the archipelago hosted a dynamic maritime community and was renowned for pearls and amber. Trade was sustained by the making and selling of dhows (traditional wooden sailing boats with one mast). The Portuguese settled around the mid 16th century and established a permanent trading post during the 19th century on Santa Carolina Island. The islands were repeatedly used as penal colonies.
The Bazaruto Archipelago unveiled its treasures to the discerning travelers.