One African hidden gem that should be on everyone’s bucket list is Mozambique. Located in the southeast of Africa, Mozambique is not as popular with tourists as South Africa and Tanzania. However, this Southern African country has beautiful beaches and a wide range of wildlife.

Mozambique’s Own Hidden Gem

Mozambique is the perfect place to visit if you want to see more of the continent. It also comes with its own hidden gem: The Bazaruto Archipelago. The Bazaruto Archipelago, a group of islands in the water off the coast of Inhambane Province, is a great way to enjoy your stay in this African hidden gem. Paradise Island is the most well-known of these islands.

The archipelago offers islands with unspoiled beaches, clear waters and an abundant marine life. Divers and snorkelers often visit the archipelago because the seas around the islands are full of fish, coral and more.

This African hidden gem is well-known for its high-end resorts. It is also home to some of the most beautiful sunsets in all of Mozambique. The Bazaruto Archipelago is a traveler’s paradise. It’s a great place to get away from the business of everyday life. There are many things to do from snorkeling in crystal-clear waters to exploring untouched beaches. There is something for every person in the family to enjoy.

Benguerra Island

One of the most stunning islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago is Benguerra Island. It is located inside a national marine reserve in the clear Indian Ocean.

Scuba divers looking to spot humpback whales, dolphins, dugongs, manta rays and flamingos are in the perfect place. When planning a trip to the area from July to October, travelers can easily reach the island by plane. The Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies (BCSS) is a non-profit, solar-powered ocean observatory that accepts visitors.

The exquisite island cabins on Benguerra are an essential part of the environmental philosophy. This area maintains and preserves the island environments. That helps the lush forests, grasslands, marshes, freshwater lakes and enormous dunes. Several endangered marine species also are benefiting from the dedication to protecting the island.

Santa Carolina Island

Santa Carolina is a small island between Mozambique’s mainland and Bazaruto Island.

It is different from other islands because it is made entirely of rock. Its waterways are very deep. There are coral reefs right off three of Santa Carolina’s beaches.

Magaruque Island

Magaruque Island also is part of the Bazaruto Archipelago and is surrounded by crystal-clear waters perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. Visitors also can explore the island’s sandy beaches and hike through its nature trails.

The island provides an unlimited supply of fish, so fresh seafood is always available. Prepared in the Mozambican and Portuguese styles, fresh seafood can be found on the menus of many restaurant, which pay homage to the region’s natural beauty.

The island also has a permanent deep water channel that makes snorkeling a breeze. Since Magaruque Island is only a 20-minute boat ride away from Big Blue. It’s the perfect day trip destination for families with young children. It’s a great place to witness local fishermen living in harmony with the environment, and the island itself is stunning.