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.
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.
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.
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