The Bazaruto Archipelago is a group of four main islands off the coast of Mozambique.
Bazaruto ArchipelagoThe coastal town of Vilanculos is the gateway to Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago - a chain of four large islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Santa Isobel and Santa Carolina (formerly known as Paradise Island).
Strung out in the Indian Ocean, the two smaller islands are uninhabited, while the others have a few small villages scattered amongst wild orange and cashew nut trees. These are places to relax, to escape and to explore. A marine national park covers most of the archipelago, protecting the exquisite marine life in these turquoise seas.
Islands and beach lodges in the Bazaruto Archipelago
Benguerra LodgeOn the smaller, more populated, Benguerra Island you'll find the well-established Benguerra Lodge. It's the oldest lodge in the Bazaruto Archipelago. Benguerra Lodge is built amidst tropical gardens beside a long pale-sand beach and has a North African feel. It's a peaceful destination for couples, and children's chalets make it good-value for families. Benguerra offers a wide range of activities, but there is plenty of opportunity to just relax and enjoy the area. (Read more about Benguerra Lodge...)
Marlin LodgeMarlin Lodge overlooks the tranquil Flamingo bay. The chalets are built on wooden stilts and most have a private boardwalk directly onto the beach. Marlin Lodge is relaxed but luxurious, and very smoothly run. (Read more about Marlin Lodge...)
Azura MozambiqueThe newest lodge - Azura Mozambique - is the most elegant beach lodge in the Bazaruto Archipelago. It's situated within the marine national park and each villa is set amongst indigenous trees and bushes, only footsteps from the beach. Azura Mozambique is smart and romantic, with particularly good service and food. Azura's choice of activities is wide, and its spa promises to be top quality. (Read more about Azura Mozambique...)
Indigo Bay Island ResortIndigo Bay Island Resort on Bazaruto is quite substantial with smooth paths and small golf carts for moving luggage (and sometimes guests) between the rooms. The resort was totally rebuilt in 2001 and completely re-arranged and up-graded in 2006. Indigo Bay is the largest resort in the Bazaruto Archipelago, and in design terms probably the most like a conventional hotel.
Indigo Bay is family-friendly, its amenities and facilities are excellent, and the standard of service is high. (Read more about Indigo Bay Island Resort...)