Bazaruto Island is a National Park located off the coast of Vilanculos, Mozambique in the Indian ocean. The perfectly preserved paradise is known for its white sandy beaches, a 300m sand dune, and epic snorkeling. If you have read my other posts on Mozambique, you know by now I am obsessed with it's ever changing tides. Every morning the ocean's water level appears normal and by noon the tide recedes so far you can walk a mile out. White sand bars appear out of no where for the most stunning view only to disappear again by sunset.
A different side of Africa
When I think of Africa I think of all its vast terrain from Kenya's great plains to Kruger's endless bush to the Congo's Jungle. Mozambique does not disappoint in this regard with its vast beaches that stretch way out into the ocean at low tide. The oversized white sand dune is what makes Bazaruto particularly special. As most of the coast is flat, the top provides a unique view of this vast sandy blue landscape. This endless beach combined with virtually no tourists leaves you alone with nature to relax. I was really shocked by the lack of people around.
Getting to Bazaruto is not difficult and there is no need to arrange transportation too far in advance. You can find someone to take you on the beach as hundreds of boats are around with locals ready to take you. If you want to go with a more official guide then I recommend going with Odyssea Dive.
The scuba diving company is run by the same couple from the BnB we adored. You can take a day trip to the island for about ~$60 USD a person with snorkeling gear and lunch included (and yes they will comply with all and any dietary needs!). The tour also scuba dives at an extra cost if that is your thing.
The price may seem steep but after reading up on the luxury resorts and tours you may think otherwise. Odyssea Dive will take you by speed boat and the journey takes a little under an hour. You also stop at the neighboring Benguerra island - just more beach and beauty!
Although the small islands are virtually empty, some luxury resorts to exist here ranging from $400-$200 a night. You get picked up by a helicopter from Vilanculos if you book a night at any of these! Bucket list anyone? If you want to go with a cheaper option like we did, stay in Vilanculos where the beaches are still amazing and just do the day trip to Bazaruto.