Dugongs of the Bazaruto Archipelago

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Seeing the Dugongs of Bazaruto from your spectacular villa on Bazaruto Island at the luxurious Anantara Bazuruto Island Resort & Spa is one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life! These gracious sea cows are now so endangered that to see one or a few is magical. It all seems so right to see these ocean giants from Indigo Bay where tall palm trees line the dazzling white beaches and an idyllic island resort makes the perfect base from which to enjoy ocean cruises and other water sports.

Divers can get up close and personal with Dugongs when they set off to explore the depths of the Bazaruto Archipelago – more than 100 species of coral, hundreds of tropical fish species, dolphins, turtles, sharks and whales. The Dugong tops the list of most divers who seek them out as they graze the seagrasses way below the surface of the ocean.

The Dugongs of Bazaruto can get as long as three meters and as heavy as 500kg. They are some of the largest marine animals existing within one of the largest marine reserves in Mozambique, the Bazaruto Archipelago. These dumpy grey mammals spend their days digging up grasses from the ocean floor using their flippers which look like paddles but which also feature five fingers used for swimming and digging.

Dugong of Bazaruto
Scuba Diving in the Bazuruto Archipelago
View from your villa at Anantara Bazaruto

Commonly known as the sea pig or sea camel, the name Dugong actually comes from the Malay term “duyung” which means Lady of the Sea. They move slowly and elegantly, like large ladies – and they swim beautifully thanks to their buoyant bodies and streamlined shapes – it is quite possible that sailors of yore mistook Dugongs for mermaids and this is how legends about mermaids first started – with sightings of Dugongs going about their peaceful existence!

Dugongs like shallow warm ocean waters where seagrasses grow thick and where they remain safe from large waves and storms. They do breathe with lungs so have to surface for air often as they cannot hold their breath for as long as whales, dolphins and porpoises. They never go on land and like to hang around in large herds.

Dugongs in the Bazaruto Archipelago remain endangered and are mostly seen in small groups of up to three animals. Females only have one baby every three to seven years which contributes to their rareness. Dugongs can live up to 70 years! In Mozambique, they are a protected species and conservation organizations are trying to raise awareness about them. They have been hunted for food and caught in fishing nets.

So you can book an ocean cruise at Indigo Bay and set off on a mission to find your Dugong of Bazaruto. It will the sighting of a lifetime for sure so take time to snap some pictures and watch them as they graze. Talk about them over a dinner of fresh seafood as you watch the sunset on another stunning Indigo Bay day. Book your trip with the travel experts today.

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort

Anantara Bazaruto

The glorious east African country of Mozambique, with its wonderful beaches on the beautiful Indian Ocean, interesting towns and friendly, relaxing ambience, offers a variety of unique holiday destinations in some of the world’s most beautiful locations. The Bazaruto Archipelago – a collection of five islands off the coast – features some of the finest in Mozambique accommodation, not least the popular and impressive Anantara Bazaruto, a resort that is perfect for a family holiday, romantic break or even a honeymoon. Previously known as Indigo Bay, this is a resort like no other, and one that guarantees unparalleled luxury island living at excellent prices.

Located in a quite spectacular spot on the white sand of Bazaruto Island, the largest in the group, Anantara Bazaruto features some of the best accommodation to be found in the wide choice of Mozambique holidays; the stunning collection of 30 Beach Villas sit just yards from the glorious sands, and come complete with a wonderful outdoor shower, air conditioning, all necessary amenities and comfortable living and sleeping quarters. These amazing villas are perfect for families or couples, and a private outdoor veranda makes the ideal spot for quiet drinks in the evening as the sun sets over the ocean.

Set close to one of the very best Mozambique beach resorts, the 12 Deluxe Sea View Pool Villas are popular with couples as they offer superb exclusivity and luxurious accommodation, while the jewel in the crown at Anantara Bazaruto has to be the five-star Anantara Pool Villa, a unique and wonderful luxurious private villa within the resort in what is the most impressive location of all. With villas to cover all budgets and some of the finest accommodation in Bazaruto, this superb resort must rank high as one of the best for Mozambique holidays of all kinds.

As the leading experts in Mozambique holiday packages in the Bazaruto Islands, the Quirimbas Archipelago and on the mainland – including Maputo hotels and more – we have access to the very best deals and packages in the finest beach resorts on Bazaruto Island, including those at Anantara Bazaruto. Our friendly and helpful team know the island – and the resort – inside out, and can help you find the very best package to suit your budget and requirements. This amazing place allows you to relax, enjoy the spectacular diving in the ocean, and experience the wonders of the island, so why not let us help you book your dream Mozambique holiday right now?