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Things to do
@ Vila do Paraiso

Boating Fun on the Ocean and Islands

Limitless opportunities await those who are prepared to head out into the oceans by boat or traditional dhow... from game fishing for a myriad of year round and seasonal catches, to island-hopping and idyllic picnics on sandy beaches, there are so many things to do without actually getting your feet wet!
 
Sport and Game Fishing
 
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.
 
Island-Hopping
 
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.
 
Island Braai/Picnic

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.
 
Birdwatching
 
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.
 

Diving in Bazaruto

There are over 2 000 fish species, 100 hard and 27 soft coral species among the Bazaruto Archipelago which makes this a scuba diving and snorkelling paradise, not to mention the crystal clear and warm tropical waters. An underwater adventure not to be missed!  There are numerous dive sites to choose from, ranging in depth from 6m to 34m thus catering for all from the less experienced to the most avid diver. The water temperature ranges from 21 degrees Celsius in winter to 30 degrees Celsius in summer, with the visibility averaging 18m in winter and 8m in summer.
 
As our reefs range from shallow to deep, they offer the diver an abundance of marine life with a huge diversity of both coral and fish life.
 

Beach and Town

If you're taking a break from the open ocean and just want to spend some time on terra firma, Vila Do Paraiso offers a range of pursuits for landlubbers from horseriding to massage and curio shopping.
 
Beach Rides
 
Succumb to the ancient arab influence and stroll the beach near the dhow harbor on the back of a ship of the desert. Alternatively you could splash along at higher speed on the back of horses rescued from Zimbabwe farms.
 
Massage
 
If all the activity has been too much or you really just want to get rid of that big city stress, we can arrange for a private massage at the resort -in the comfort of your own villa or outside if you wish. For those who just want to catch up on their tanning, our staff will set up sun loungers on the beach for you -along with refreshments of course!
 
Sundowners and cocktails
 
What better way to end off a perfect day than with sundowners on the beach and perhaps a cocktail or two? If you don't want the action to end, how about a booze cruise on the boat down the coast past the dhow harbour to San Sebastion point?
 
Shopping
 
Indulge your latent bargaining skills and go shopping in the local market, or find some well crafted curio's at the craft market. If it's furniture your after, Rex's Furniture store provides some brilliant artisanal pieces in local hardwoods.
 
Beach Games
 
Engage your competitive spirit in a range of beach games including beach volleyball, cricket, beach tennis, frisbee, boulle, etc.

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