Apart from the odd luxury lodge dotted amongst the islands,
there is nothing much to disturb the serene beauty of the area. And
on the subject of the lodges, we have been lucky enough to visit
them all, and the overall standard is right up there with the very
best beach lodges worldwide.
Offshore, the fertile waters are home to an abundance of life
providing superb diving and snorkelling opportunities and some of
the best salt water fly-fishing and deep-sea fishing in the world.
On most days you should see shoals of dolphin feeding off the
endless supply of fish, and if you are lucky you may see a rare
dugong or humpback whales and whale sharks migrating along the
Mozambique Channel between the mainland and Madagascar.
The Bazaruto Archipelago is a National Marine Park and its
unspoilt waters and reefs offer some of the finest diving sites and
deep-sea fishing 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.
One of the biggest draws for divers is 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.
With over 150 species of birds, the area is also a haven for
twitchers, and at certain times of year you are likely to be
sharing the beach with flocks of flamingos. Other activities
include island hopping, visits to turtle nesting grounds, beach
walks, and horse riding.