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The 5 Bazaruto Islands - Uncover the Five Isles of Bazaruto

Revered for its white, sandy beaches and world-class scuba diving conditions, the islands of Bazaruto are one of the most visited corners of Mozambique. Here are some facts regarding the isles.



As the second-largest island of the five islands that make up the Bazaruto Archipelago, Benguerra is a beach haven for the masses. Renowned the world over for its pristine and powdery beaches, Benguerra serves the perfect beach holiday destination for active travellers. Spread out across an area of 55 square kilometres, the island is a mere 11km in length and less than 6km wide. Some of the most popular activities for tourists visiting the island include horse riding excursions, scuba diving expeditions and angling opportunities. The cultural identity of the island is reflected in the traditional sailing vessels or dhows used by the locals who are used for fishing in reefs located nearby. Less than 15km from Mozambique maintained Benguerra's tidal conditions are quite tumultuous.



Bazaruto is not only the biggest of the five islands but also the namesake after which the archipelago is identified. 7km wide and 37km in length, the white, sandy beaches of Bazaruto are perfect for a tranquil holiday away from the hubbub of city life. Offering travellers a breathtaking destination to truly get away from it all, the island's impressive coral reef heritage makes it a favourite among divers. Tropical fish species are also known to inhabit the reefs in large numbers which also means there are fishing opportunities as well. Ideally situated 80km from the Save River, the palm-fringed beaches of the island are also home to sand dunes as well as inland lakes. Most of these natural wonders as well as waterfalls are found at the Bazaruto National Park.


Santa Carolina

Also known as Paradise Island or the "gem" of the archipelago at large, Santa Carolina is one of the smaller islands of the five. Only 2km in length and 500m in terms of width, the island is home to three stunning beaches. The island's channels are also known to be excellent fishing grounds while the easily accessible coral reefs which occupy shallow waters off the coast of the isle also make it a paradise for scuba divers and snorkellers. Having once served as the preferred holiday destination of global celebrities, Santa Carolina's steady influx of visitors declined due to the country's civil war.



This minuscule island is found a mere 15km from the mainland of Mozambique and is the smallest of the five islands that make up the archipelago. Although this particular island is not as developed as the other islands in the group, it is no less spectacular as a holiday hotspot. Entirely uninhabited, Bangue is the perfect respite for those in search of a truly private beach hub.



Once known as the Santa Isabel Island, Magaruque is a two square kilometre island which is found 5.6km away from Benguerra Island and less than 10km from the mainland. Ideal for a day trip excursion, the island's most popular activities include dhow sailing adventures. Visitors based at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort or any other Mozambique resorts in Bazaruto can sign up for diving, dolphin spotting or snorkelling expedition in Magaruque.