Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Bazaruto Archipelago Diving Holidays: An Overview

Life doesn't get more picture-perfect than on Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago, a collection of six islands off the country's south coast. Expect unspoilt, powder-soft white sand beaches and crystal clear waters that house rare species like the dugong, as well as a whole host of other marine species.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Dive the famous Two Mile Reef and hope you spot a shy dugong.
  • Enjoy miles and miles of pristine white sand beaches and blue seas.
  • Head to Tofo for some world-class big fish action. Whale sharks, mantas and more.

Our Guide to Bazaruto Archipelago Diving Holidays

So often to get excellent quality diving you have to sacrifice somewhat on the quality of accommodation. Not so with diving holidays on the Bazaruto Archipelago - there is a great (if small) selection of really beautiful luxury lodges dotted across the islands.

The ocean provides so much of the holiday action here, such is its breadth and quantity of sea life, from snorkelling to salt-water fly fishing and some of the best deep-sea fishing in the world.

Head beneath the waves and you'll find a National Park full of unspoilt waters and reefs, which offer some of the finest diving in the world. The reefs are exceptionally healthy, particularly the soft corals, and the range of sea life is not only vast but also remarkably approachable, from whale sharks to manta rays, dolphins and seahorses (for fans of the smaller stuff).

One of the biggest draws for divers in the Bazaruto Archipelago is the Two Mile Reef, and you will have the ocean more or less to yourself. Experienced divers should also dive Cabo San Sebastian. It can only be found using GPS and is home to such huge quantities of game fish that you can see from the boat before the dive.

Did you know

  • There are four main islands that make up the archipelago - Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque and Santa Carolina
  • The archipelago was declared a National Park in 1971

For lovers of wildlife above the waves as well as below, the Bazaruto Archipelago is also something of a haven for birders, with over 150 species present in the region - you shouldn't be at all surprised to be sharing the beach with a huge flock of flamingos! Other activities include island hopping, visits to turtle nesting grounds, beach walks, and horse riding.


Top picks for Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Azura Benguerra Villa

Azura Benguerra

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Azura is a boutique beach lodge located on Benguerra Island, part of the Bazaruto Archipelago that lies just off the coast of southern Mozambique. Claiming to be the country’s first eco lodge, the resort was built entirely by hand by the local community and so you are assured of that ‘locale’ feel.

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