About 14 kilometres off Mozambique’s Inhambane coastline, you’ll find the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago: Benguerra Island. Its turquoise waters, powder-white beaches, and swaying palm trees make it a postcard-perfect beach destination—but that’s not all. The island’s status as a national park means its waters are teeming with marine wildlife, such as turtles, dolphins, manta rays, sharks, and even the endangered dugong.
This diverse underwater population has made the island one of the world’s finest catch-and-release fishing sites: deep-sea and fly-fishing enthusiasts fish for game fish such as bonito, kingfish, marlin, and sailfish. But why wait for the fish to come to you when you can take the deep plunge and go straight to them? Swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving among the fishes and coral reefs is a must for any visitor to Benguerra.
There’s no shortage of thrilling experiences for those who’d prefer to stay dry: landlubbers can go horseback riding on the beach, explore the island’s towering sand dunes, or pay a cultural visit to a local village. The island boasts a rich and diverse ecosystem ranging from wetlands and lakes to savannah grasslands and lush forests, populated with Samango monkeys and about 140 species of bird (including green coucal and blue-cheeked bee-eaters).
- The second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago
- Rich in marine wildlife, making it one of the world’s best destinations for catch-and-release fishing
- The island’s warm waters are home to Africa’s only population of the endangered dugong
- A paradise for birdwatchers, with approximately 140 species of birdlife recorded here
- Coral reefs making for great underwater adventures, such as swimming, snorkelling, and scuba diving
- Horse rides on the beach, sand dune exploration, and cultural village visits