Sitting on the Southern portion of the African continent, the country of Mozambique is an idyllic nation full of the wonders of natural beauty, both within land and without. Home to a cluster of islands known as the Bazaruto Archipelago, the five islands themselves are considered tiny slices of paradise – everything that people imagine when they picture a beach vacation or see it in the movies or on TV.
Maputo, the Capital
Standing proudly as Mozambique’s capital, Maputo is a testament to Mozambican culture, known for its seafood and spices. Offering the opportunity for travellers to immerse themselves in the rich culture, the breathtaking architecture, as well as its storied history and exotic customs, the landscape is dotted with lovely restaurants, bustling people, and an active nightlife.
Vilanculos, the Diving Centre
Better known as the gateway to the Bazaruto archipelago, this charming town on the coast has its own reputation by right – and is a splendid vacation destination of its own. The town is full of delicious cuisine and luxurious accommodations, and the near-untouched beaches of the coastline make for excellent photo opportunities and/or romantic walks. It’s also a great place for a few marine tours!
Inhambane, the City of Reefs
Have you ever heard of a Dugong? If you haven’t – it’s a marine mammal, rare and exotic, of the same family as that of manatees. Here in Inhambane, you’ll find some of the last remaining species of dugong, and the city itself is also well-known for its reef diving opportunities where you can see the splendid manta ray and whale shark. Remember to be respectful towards these creatures when you visit!
The Best Times to Visit
The Bazaruto archipelago is indeed splendid, but it does have the best time to visit. If you’re considering making a stop at certain Mozambique holiday resorts, such as the Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort, know that the months of November to March are the best for seeing the marine life and experiencing its beaches. However, if you’re more of a fan of the dry season, try visiting during the time of August-September, when Mozambique receives very little rainfall – thereby giving you the chance to see what you need. Just be prepared!