Vilanculos and the Bazaruto Archipelago is the area in southern Mozambique where the warm Mozambican current comes in closest to shore. The Bazaruto Archipelago is blessed with a myriad of underwater structures that hold large amounts of baitfish, which in turn attract an immense variety of migrating pelagic fish that cruise past the area throughout the year making fishing for giant king fish, king mackerel, yellow fin tuna and barracuda possible all year round- this is game fishing at its best! Fly fishing and shore fishing off the islands also make for exciting sport fishing alternatives.
Full day and half day trips are available to explore any of the amazing tropical islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago which lie within a boats ride from Vila Do Paraiso. Each island has its own distinct landscape and history, so try and experience them all during your visit.
Traditional Dhow Excursions
A dhow is a traditional Arab vessel that was introduced around this coastline as early as the 11th century. Muslim and Persian traders were the first outsiders to arrive to the area by sea and traded pearls and ambergris. The dhow boats are used by the locals for fishing purposes and, of course, to explore the tranquil waters beneath.
Setting off early in the morning, you will be whisked away to any of the beautiful islands , with pointed tips jutting out from the water and rugged sails pulled taut in the breeze, the sense of the amazing history in this place overwhelms. Discover the seabed at your leisure off the side of your dhow and experience the ocean as never before.
The islands are wonderful places to go and spend an exciting day out on one of our ski –boats, the catamaran, or by dhow, where a picnic or braai can be set up on the island of your choice whilst you work up a hunger fishing or snorkeling in the wonderful tropical waters. End off the day with a casual stroll collecting shells or just enjoy a drink on a deck chair on your own unpopulated beach.
Approximately 164 different birds have been identified and confirmed on the islands in habitats varying from the coastal dunes, open grasslands and fresh water lakes to savannah and acacia woodlands. A treat is to see the flocks of flamingos on the island inland lakes.