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Bazaruto Island

By Ale Coyote |

The Bazaruto archipelago in Mozambieque harbors hundreds of endemic marine species of the Indo-West Pacific, including 200kg mammals!


Mozambique possesses one of the African jewels that still preserve their natural beauty and that lately has become one of DINKtravelers’ favorite destinations. We refer to the fascinating archipelago that you can see from an airplane as it prepares to land. From high above, you can spot the isles that are scattered on the ocean and that are known for their splendid sand surrounded by coral reefs.


These small islands are known as Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, St Carolina (a.k.a. Paradise Island), Banque and Shell. As a whole, this site was declared National Park in 1971 in recognition of its virgin beaches and dreamy landscapes.

Some of its beaches are covered in such white sand that it seems as if they had been dusted with sugar. Its beaming tone is the perfect addition to the deep blue ocean and the tall palm trees that are so commonly found in destinations with tropical weather.


If you enjoy observing marine life, you should know that Bazaruto Island is a favorite among kite surfers and divers. There you can observe around two thousand colorful fish species including stingrays, humpback whales and many more. For this reason, don’t forget to pack a weatherproof camera that you can submerge in the water so you can take pictures of the animals you’ll find in this natural aquarium.

We suggest playing a game with your friends and putting your swimming skills to test. The goal is to identify the different species you find there. If you want to have the lead in this game, allow us to give you a clue: surely you’ll see dugongs, animals that are different to what we usually know about the marine world, although physically they’re relatively similar to manatees. As far as size is concerned, brace yourself because they measure three meters and they’re a bit chubby: they weigh about 200 kg. Although they’re quite imposing, these giants won’t hurt you because they’re pacific herbivores. They belong to the Sirenia order and they’re part of the great number of mammals that are in danger of extinction due to hunting and drift net fishing. They’re an endemic species of the Indo-West Pacific, and people say that there are only 104 specimens left in the area.

On the other hand, this destination harbors luxurious hotels that are famous for their exclusive seashore rooms and villas, their spa services, and their romantic views of the ocean, so visit this archipelago and discover the natural features that are nestled in Mozambique.


Millions of years ago these islands were bound to the continent. Also, nowadays St Carolina and Banque are occasionally not featured in maps; first, because of their small size, but also because they’re only visible whenever there’s a low tide.