Our Islands

10 May

Bazaruto Archipelago Islands

Our home, the Bazaruto Archipelago, has a group of 6 islands. All lie within Bazaruto National Park and are known for their white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Planning day-trips may depend on your choice of itinerary, so we thought to share some of the main attractions in each, so planning your day time excursions could be easier.

Magarugue Island, pictured below, ione of our personal favourites for family day trips.

The island is located 5.3 km south of Benguerra Island and 9.9 km east of Ponta Chuè on the mainland of Mozambique. It is the closest island to Vilankulo and has a permanent deep water channel enabling guests to experience snorkelling with great ease, this according to Big Blue Vilankulo.

A day trip to Magaruque Island is ideal for families with small children as it is but a 20 min boat ride from Beach Lodge. It is a beautiful island with lots of character and a great opportunity to see local fishermen working hand in hand with nature.


Santa Carolina – or Paradise Island as it is affectionately known amongst locals and tourists alike – is an isolated island with an abandoned resort situated between Bazaruto Island and the town of Vilankulo on the Mozambique main land.

Still standing, this building has been abandoned since 1973. Like much of Mozambique’s architecture, there is a distinct art-deco influence. Paradise Island became famous in the sixties, when people like Bob Dylan and Elton John visited the island.

The first floor of the ruin has a breathtaking view over the ocean. 

A 90 minute boat ride from Beach Lodge gets you to a piece of paradise that has great historical importance in the Bazaruto Archipelago’s history.


Benguerra Island is the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago and also forms part of the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park.  Approximately 55 square kilometers (11km long x 5.5 km wide) it lies but a 14km boat ride from Beach Lodge.

The southern tip of the island offers great snorkelling for the novice snorkeler and the island is a great windsurfing spot when the wind blows from the south-east. 

Looking for the ultimate picnic location?  The north and south points of Benguerra island offers deserted white beaches and turquoise seas for miles. 


World famous Bazaruto Island, the largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, is the heart of the Bazaruto National Park. The island is approximately 31 km long and 6 km wide. The eastern side of the island is mostly sandy dunes with the central parts being mostly swamps, lakes and Lala Palm forests. The destination is a must see for every tourist visiting Southern Africa.

Bazaruto offers snorkelling and picnic opportunities and serves as a midway point to most of our excursions, be it fishing or snorkelling.

The warm, southward-flowing Mozambique Current allows for an increasing buildup of the sandy coastline and is home to the largest population of Dugong in Mozambique.

A visit to this island is a day to remember.


Ilha Bangue is a island and is located in Inhambane, Mozambique. The estimate terrain elevation above seal level is -9999 metres. Variant forms of spelling for Ilha Bangue or in other languages: Ilha Bango, Ilha Bangue, Ilha Bango, Ilha Bangue.

Bangue island, the smallest of the 5 islands in the Archipelago, is often found deserted and at low tide, during our windy seasons, the perfect spot for a kite-surfing safari. Read more about these packages we have with Catsonova here.


The shortest of all our trips, ideal for people who don’t necessarily want to spend the entire day on the boat, is a traditional dhow cruise to Shell Island, a sandbank comprising of tiny shells only visible at low tide. This trip could be a sunset or day trip.

Our trusty Skippers will come pick you up from your hotel in our newly refurbished Dhow and sail you away to this magical spot. It is an incredibly romantic trip, ideal for honeymooners and small families.

Pictured below and quoted from Wild Africa Mozambique, one of our trusted service providers, you can opt for a traditional Dhow Cruise to this destination.

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