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Top Islands to visit in Bazaruto Archipelago – Discover the wonders of Mozambique

When planning a holiday Mozambique probably wouldn't be one of the places to top your list. But you would be missing out. This amazing place in Africa is magical and just waiting to be discovered.


Bazaruto Island

When you want to go on a holiday anyone would prefer going somewhere that offers many unique experiences but at the same time a place which has amazing resorts that offer luxury and a relaxing getaway. Out of the many Mozambique resorts and hotels one that clearly stands out among the rest is the premier resort on Bazaruto Island; Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort. First popularized by the British television game show Prize Island that aired in October 2013 this magical isle has since been getting ever more visitors. The island is the largest in the Bazaruto Archipelago and the most prominent and best known within the Bazaruto National Park. Located on the south-eastern side of the archipelago – roughly 80km from the mouth of the Save River this island is a wonder of natural beauty and is surrounded by clear water and gorgeous sandy beaches. The main attractions on Bazaruto Island include its many lakes, blooming plankton and the unique limestone rock features.


Benguerra Island

Benguerra Island separated from the mainland over 1000 years ago and during that time has evolved into a very unique habitat with its own wildlife and amazing flora and fauna. Situated just 14km offshore from Mozambique the island is the second largest in the Archipelago. It is not small in fact it is spread across nearly 55 square kilometres and is a wonderland of exotic mystery. The island has a few resorts of its own and a local population that is very friendly and welcoming to visitors. It is true that the islander's make most of their revenue from the tourists that visit. In order to uplift and promote tourism, many activities and facilities have popped up on the island including; including horseback riding, fishing and diving. The island may not have colourful reefs but the abundance of marine life around its shores make for an amazing diving experience. The natural beauty of the island is unique and is best experienced riding on the back of a horse – it's quite easy to find a guide and make the necessary arrangements. But one of the most popular activities here is fishing – spend a relaxing evening fishing by the banks of the lagoon or head out to sea with a few local fishermen; relaxation will take on a whole new meaning. The island is also known as San Antonia; a name given by the Portuguese colonists in the past.


Magaruque Island

Originally known as Ilha Santa Isabel, Magaruque Island is located 5.6km south of Bazaruto Island and is part of the archipelago of the same name. The island is home to only 6 very luxurious villas so if you are planning a trip, make sure to make the necessary bookings in advance. These lavish villas are named after shells that can be found on the island's shore such as; Cowrie, Pansy Shell, Nautilus and Conch.