With its impressive stretch of Indian Ocean coastline, Mozambique is an underrated island destination compared to its more glamorous cousins, Zanzibar and the Seychelles. Dotted with pristine beaches, marine parks, coral reefs and colonial ruins, the coastline and scattered islands together blossom with relaxed beach vibes and offer a unique melting pot of culture.
The most popular Mozambican islands are the Bazaruto Archipelago in the south and the Quirimbas Archipelago in the north. The mode of transport used to travel between islands is the dhow, a traditional Arabian boat with lateen sails and stitched construction.
Your Mozambican beach experience begins in Maputo, the lush capital city that sits on the shore of the Indian Ocean. Maputo has excellent restaurants and nightlife as well as plenty of historic, cultural and scenic attractions where the strong Portuguese influence can be clearly seen.
After two nights in the city, you’ll head north to the Bazaruto Archipelago for a luxury stay in island paradise. The pristine coral reefs and soda-white beaches of Bazaruto are a masterclass in unspoilt beauty. You’ll stay in a stunning array of beach lodges, choosing from rustic and simple or 5 star indulgent. Your days will be spent soaking up the delicious Mozambican sunshine, diving or snorkelling around the reefs and sipping colourful umbrella-bedecked cocktails. This is your ultimate island escape.