Islands of Mozambique by Dhow

Mobile Island Hopping dhow


This tropical African destination is fast becoming a sailor’s dream because you can island hop, stopping to sleep when and where you like.

Yes, sailing on a traditional dhow is fun! And we offer scheduled sail safaris and packages or you can tailor make your own according to your honeymoon, family reunion or fun friend holiday needs.

Come and see the beautiful Bazaruto Archipelago and its several idyllic islands. Sailing on a traditional dhow around Benguerra Island is probably the best thing you will do all year! We also offer extraordinary yacht safaris for travellers like you who may prefer this kind of luxury hotel on the water.

Find your choice of world class beaches, luxury accommodation, dive sites, deep sea fishing activities – and of course the ultimate relaxation.

We can take you island hopping on board a dhow, kitted out with all your scuba diving and snorkelling gear. Jump on and off your sailboat and swim for hours, maybe with dolphins!

Benguerra Lodge
Benguerra Lodge
Benguerra Lodge

Then dock at one of the fancy lodges on the island for a night or two and a meal to satisfy all hunger cravings. We suggest Azura Benguerra – a unique accommodation venue where you are indulged by professional staff and where solitude is the name of the game.

Some enticing facts about Benguerra Island:

  • This is the second largest Island in Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago and less than one kilometre from Bazaruto Island
  • The island features high sand dunes, inland lakes and long beaches
  • Choose your luxurious Mozambique accommodation in beautiful beach villas, ideal for holistic rejuvenation
  • In July the weather is perfectly warm and dry, some come then and see the whales
  • It is wise to get anti-malarial medication before travelling to the Bazaruto Archipelago and yellow fever certificates may be required – check with local GPs before travelling!

This famous national park covers a huge expanse of ocean including the six islands making up the Bazaruto Archipelago. It was declared in 1971 to protect dugongs and marine turtles and their habitats. This includes the islands’ fauna and flora, coral reefs and marine birds. The biggest island is Bazaruto Island and the smallest, Pansy Shell Island.

This makes sailing on the traditional dhow even more attractive!

Book this special package with us today:

Stay for 5 nights in a Beach Villa on a fully inclusive basis and only pay for 4 for an affordable US$2,550 per person

And this special offer includes:

  • All your meals
  • Selected beverages
  • Mozambican Butler/Host Service
  • 15-minute refresher back and neck massage
  • Land Rover Island Drive
  • Sunset Dhow cruise

When you book your Mozambique holiday package for Benguerra Island, you will find yourself sailing into the sunset on your traditional dhow. Take a castaway beach picnic to a remote part of the island to watch the sunset and be totally alone in nature. Sip good wine and dip into a surprise basket of goodies prepared by your lodge.

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What makes Mozambique holidays excellent for 2016/17

Southern Sun Maputo pool lounges

The way that 2016 is going bodes well for the arrival of 2017, especially if you are planning a Mozambique holiday. For there are many factors that make Mozambique holidays an excellent option for the rest of 2016, moving into 2017. Check out these special deals and exquisite hotels and lodges for some great ideas:

Azura Sister Hotels 

Start with the two Azura resorts, one in the Bazaruto Archipelago down south and one in the Quirimbas Archipelago up north. Azura Benguerra Island Lodge beckons visitors to stay on Benguerra Island, the second largest in the Bazaruto Archipelago, to kick off their shoes and revel in real luxury.

Azura Benguerra Thrills 

For less than R30 000 you can stay for 5 nights at Azura Lodge in a beach villa and enjoy all meals including beach dinners, soft drinks and teas and coffees. Your inclusive package deal includes your flight return VIlanculos-Johannesburg, your exciting helicopter flip from Vilanculos to Benguerra Island return, a sunset cocktail daily, a 15-minute back and neck massage, Wi-Fi access in public areas and your Mozambican butler for your entire holiday.

Fantastic Beach Facilities 

Enjoy your own swimming pool, bar, TV, kitchen, en-suite bedrooms and outside shower. Walk straight onto the beach when the sun rises for a wake up swim! Boat trips to remote white islands where guests are treated to picnics under canopies complete with tables and chairs add to this extraordinarily excellent Mozambique holiday. Excellent fishing and snorkelling as well as scuba diving trips stun visitors with their revelations of game fish, dolphins, coral reefs and clear blue seas.

Azura Quilalea for Queens 

A hop and a jump away to the north lie the scattered island of the Quirimbas Archipelago and you need to experience the sister island, Azura Quilalea Private Island. Your 5-night package to this floating blue, green and white isle starts at less than R38 000 per person sharing and includes your return flights, return helicopter transfers and accommodation in a blissful Kazkazi sea facing villa.  You also get all meals including beach dinners, soft drinks and teas and coffees, as much snorkelling as you can handle, kayaking, Baobab walks, your daily sunset cocktail and your Mozambican butler. What more could you ask for?

Coral Reefs and Glorious Food

One memorable feature is the beautiful coral reef lying at the edge of the sunset villas, directly off main beach. Pure day and night snorkelling overdose, considering that the whole area around the island is protected by a marine sanctuary! Another amazing feature is the food, the glorious food. Be surprised by lovely new venues for each meal – sometimes eat dinner on the beach with candles and other times under the ancient Baobab trees. Feel like you have the island to yourself.

Dhow Safaris 

There are other things worth mentioning that make your Mozambique holidays excellent in the future, 2016 to 2017. Choose an adventure by dhow and luxury yacht and go island hopping for days in the Quirimbas, leaving land behind for a while. Starting and ending at Ibo Island Lodge, the only island hotel to offer tailor made Mozambique Dhow Safaris into the Quirimbas Archipelago.

Itineraries for Adventure

Go for the standard recommended minimum itinerary of four nights island hopping by dhow or kayak and three nights at Ibo Island Lodge – but you are free to tailor make your perfect adventure! It is all about snorkelling off deserted white sandbanks into clear blue seas then camping overnight on secluded Quirimbas beaches eating fresh seafood on the fire. You may come across indigenous fishermen drying their sardines on the sands. You may come across whales frolicking in the lake-like ocean and you may come across turtles digging out a sandy nest.

Maputo Hotel Luxuries 

For something more vibrant and with a sprinkling of night life thrown in, stay in Maputo for a few nights. This thriving capital city of Mozambique is a unique blend of the old and the new, Portuguese and Arab influences whisked with a bit of European chic and African spices. Most of the accommodation in Maputo is good quality – be it simple or fancy – for business and leisure travellers. The world class Polana Serena Hotel offers more for your money. On a similar level, try the Rovuma, the VIP Grand, Cardoso and Tivoli. These stunning high rise hotels offer the best of the best in accommodation in Maputo.


Quirimbas Archipelago Mobile Island Hopping


For an experience of a lifetime, head to Ibo Island Lodge for a memorable adventure when you book the Quirimbas Archipelago Mobile Island Hopping Safari! There is nothing more romantic than exploring the deserted islands in the Quirimbas on board a traditional, motorised dhow with your better half by your side in the company of the most skilled crew and skipper who will see to it that all your whims are catered for.

Check out the candid photos of this itinerary on tripadvisor for a snippet of what you can expect when decide to take on this exhilarating holiday package. You have the option of joining a scheduled departure or the more flexible choice of tailoring your own adventure depending on your budget, length of stay and special interests. The standard itinerary includes 4 nights island hopping by dhow or kayak plus 3 nights at Ibo Island Lodge.

The reviews and guest feedback from those who have had the privilege to experience the thrills and spills of this phenomenal excursion attest to how great an achievement Ibo Island Lodge has made in providing a unique way for couples and families to bond. After all, this is what the ultimate goal is – to augment the love between families and couples in the most beautiful settings.

Dhow safaris entail sailing through the marine rich Quirimbas National Park where you will explore wide coastal river mouths with their unspoiled mangrove forests and red listed birds. You can snorkel and fish and even throw in a sea kayaking adventure in the mix to escalate the fun. Your crew will set up camp on an uninhabited island where the chef will whip up mouthwatering seafood grilled over an open fire while you snorkel, swim or explore the island. All Mobile Island Hopping Safaris drop anchor at the elegant and swish Ibo Island Lodge where you will spend 3 memorable nights.

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