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Honeymoon in Mozambique’s paradise archipelago

Escape with your other half to the paradise archipelago of Bazaruto. Cruise its islands, gallop on horseback along deserted beaches, and swim into its stunning marine seascape to meet gentle giants of the sea.

When to go:
April – December

ISLAND HOPPING & TAG SHARKS

Arriving at Vilanculos Airport to be welcomed by your captain and escorted to your yacht. Once you’ve settled in and met the crew, sail to Magaruque Island for your first blissful night. The island is a secluded tropical paradise where you and your partner can swim, snorkel, or kayak in the sea assured of total privacy. At the end of the day, watch the sunset with a cocktail before a delicious dinner on deck.

The next morning, dive or snorkel Magaruque’s stunning reefs and patchwork of tidal flats, home to 2000 species of fish including sailfish and marlin.

Cruise to beautiful Benguerra Island. At the Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies learn how this pioneering observatory is monitoring the effect of climate change on local ecosystems. Make a difference by assisting with their program to prevent coral bleaching, or take up the exclusive opportunity to tag tiger and bull sharks. The tags help gather essential tracking data used in the conservation of these species and their habitats.

MARINE PHOTOGRAPHY & BENGUERRA

Following an intimate lunch on deck, equip yourselves with flippers and tanks for an exploration of Benguerra Island’s incredible marine species. Swim with leatherback turtles, devil rays, and humpback dolphins above vibrant coral reefs.

Have your experience documented by an expert marine photographer, or take an underwater photography masterclass while on board and try your hand at marine photography yourself. Capture the teeming tapestry of Bazaruto’s reefs using state-of-the-art equipment. Afterward, return to your yacht for dinner and drinks as the sun melts into the sea.

Discover more of Benguerra’s underwater treasures with a visit to the immaculate Two-Mile Reef—one of the world’s finest dive sites. See white and blacktip reef sharks, as well as giant sleeping sharks that inhabit these aquamarine waters.

A stunning coral garden is found at the southern end of Two-Mile Reef. Superb for both snorkeling, beginner divers, and the more experienced, it offers wide-angle reef scenes. After a restorative lunch, explore the translucent waters on paddleboards or kayaks.

Discover the islands from above with a romantic helicopter or microlight flight over the archipelago. Look for browsing dugongs, pods of dolphins, and breaching whales. Descend to a deserted sandbank where you will find a romantic castaway dinner awaiting you. Spend the night on the sandbank in romantic seclusion, with a white cloth canopy swaying gently above you.

SANDBOARD & GAME FISHING

Arriving at Bazaruto Island, get your heart racing by sandboarding its immense dunes. Explore the national park, keeping alert for the 170 bird species that live on this gorgeous island. Refresh yourself at a wild beach barbecue prepared by your crew before an afternoon on the paddleboards or kayaks appreciating Bazaruto’s scenic serenity.

Enjoy dinner while you cruise to the island’s north. In the morning, fish for some of the marlin, sailfish, and wahoo that live here. Afterward, transfer to the mainland for a barbecue on the beach before discovering Bazaruto on horseback.

Canter beside one another along the coastline and venture inland for close encounters with the island’s wildlife. Return for dinner on deck as the opalescent sea glimmers in the sunset.

DUGONGS & PARADISE ISLAND

Travel west with marine scientists studying the region’s dugong population. Swim near these shy creatures as they graze upon the astonishingly vast seagrass meadows that flourish here. After lunch on the deck, climb aboard one of the yacht’s tenders and strike out for some whale watching. If the conditions are right, slip into the calm seas and swim beside these gentle giants in an unforgettable honeymoon highlight.

Arrive next at Santa Carolina, known to the locals as ‘Paradise Island’. A famous retreat for the rich and famous in the Sixties, it’s since been abandoned, the empty resort hotel that still stands now open to all comers. See how the natural world has begun to reclaim the buildings and look out over the stunning island from the hotel’s ruined rooms.

While Santa Carolina may have been abandoned, the reefs and waters surrounding it certainly haven’t. Discover their remarkable biodiversity as you swim or snorkel, or choose to take out a paddleboard or kayak. Switch to a tender to search for whale sharks and humpback whales, the latter playfully breaching in the turquoise waves.

For your final night, enjoy a wild beach barbecue as the warm breeze carries the notes played by a traditional local band. Sip cocktails, your toes pushed into the warm sand while you watch the sunset. Release sky lanterns into the evening sky.

Come morning, kayak or paddleboard the shallow reefs around Benguerra or Santa Carolina. Cruise to Vilanculos to begin your journey home and bid farewell to this magical corner of the world.