Unspoilt tropical islands
Stunning coral reefs
Bare foot luxury lodges
Mozambique is a perfect holiday destination for those seeking Indian Ocean secluded retreats. The tiny hideaways are hidden on small and unblemished islands, The Quirimbas Archipelago in the north and The Bazaruto Archipelago to the south. The resorts are surrounded by white, pristine beaches and lapped by the clear, clean waters of the Indian Ocean.
Mozambique offers phenomenal diving, great deep sea fishing and a total escape. It is home to some of Africa’s finest coral reefs and the intensity of sea life make a diver’s paradise. Dolphins, whale sharks and manta rays can be seen year round while humpback whales pass by on their way through the Mozambique Channel from the Antarctic. However, it can also be easily explored with a snorkel and mask which you can do from your veranda before breakfast!
Due to its deserted beaches, protected waters and its relaxed bare foot luxury it appeals to honeymooners, divers, adventure seekers and families and all those seeking a total escape.
The Quirimbas Archipelago stretches for 100 kilometres along the northern Mozambique coast and consists of 32 tropical coral islands stretching from Pemba to the Rovuma River, which is the natural barrier between Tanzania and Mozambique. The resorts are remote, small and luxurious offering the ideal environment for lazing on the beaches, snorkelling or diving – a perfect ending to a safari or busy wedding. Bespoke Voyagers loves Azura Quilálea for its decadence, privacy and panoramic views of shimmering blue seas and Nuarro Lodges for any serious divers. Time permitting we would also recommend a few nights at the atmospheric Ibo Island Lodge set amongst the faded charm and architecture of this historic island settlement.
Diving requires a special mention as this region is remarkable and the tropical islands contain some of the most fertile coral reefs in the world, this combined with spectacular drop-offs make it extremely noteworthy. The largest MPA (Marine Protected Area) on the African continent, it protects its rich coral reefs and mangrove forests and is a strategic breeding ground for countless reef fish and five out of seven of the ocean’s turtles are amongst its other distinguished dwellers.
Bazaruto Archipelago, South Mozambique
The Bazaruto Archipelego is an exceptional beach destination to combine with any southern African safari. There are even directs flight from the Kruger National Park Airport into Vilanculos which is gateway to the region.
The islands have a handful of private lodges which offer excellent scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and sailing. It was declared a National Park at the beginning of the 1970’s and has over 180 species of birds, suni antelope and endemic butterflies. &Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge is very special place, with its plunge pools and large wooden verandas where you can enjoy private moonlit dinners. The neighbouring Azura Benguerra is equally beautiful and prides itself on personal service.
Other areas of interest
Away from the coast Niassa and Gorongosa National Parks are modern conservation success stories –animal populations are on the increase and both Parks offers an exciting experience for those wanting to get off the beaten track.
Maputo is a very interesting place to visit, it is imbued with the faded glamour of its heyday, remnants of its colonial era and allows you to glimpse a bygone time. It has delicious seafood and the two ports of Ilha de Moçambique and Beira are rich with colonial design and influence. There are also a number of charming beach lodges in the area which offer a good and less expensive alternative to the island resorts.