The most popular tourist area in Mozambique, includes the four main islands in the Inhambane province - Magarruque, Benguerra, Santa Corolina and Bazaruto. They are situated some 35Km off the mainland and are accessible by boat, or small aircraft, from the town of Vilanculos.
High quality accommodation attracts international visitors who, as well as swimming and sunbathing, can take part in numbers of outdoors activities and a full range of water-sports that includes snorkelling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, sailing and water-skiing. Small antelope roam the islands, alongside fresh-water crocodiles, mangrove crabs and samango monkeys while flamingo nest on the fresh water lakes.
The islands are in fact home to over 240 varieties of birds including fish eagles ,bee-eaters , harriers, ospreys and the elusive crab plover and green coucal. Bazaruto Marina Park now covers the entire Bazaruto Archipelago making this 1400 sq km reserve one of the largest in the Ocean. In addition to humpback whales dolphins, manta rays and five species of turtle, some 100 dugongs survive here- one of the very few viable populations on the East African c coast