Mozambique Holidays to Vilanculos Beach Resorts

Honeymoon getaways, family holidays and diving specials all start in Vilankulo town, the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique. See how life has not changed for centuries – local fishermen still fish with nets at the edge of the sea and farmers still grow cashew nuts near their rural thatched villages. Read our Vilanculos travel guide here if you need more information and sample our top choices on premium beachfront accommodation with idyllic ocean views!

Vilanculos Highlights

  • Delicious Mozambique Portuguese inspired local food – sumptuous prawns and lobster, freshly grilled catch of the day and spicy chicken peri-peri. 
  • Numerous water-based activities including fishing for Marlin and other game fish, snorkelling, diving, kite surfing and swimming. Motor-boating and traditional dhow sailing trips add to the adrenaline rush in Vilanculos.
  • The gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago where 5 islands await your exploration: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Banque and Santa Carolina feature rare wildlife and their habitats, solitary beaches and untouched reefs.
  • World rated dive sites located on the seaward side of San Sebastian – south of the islands on the mainland peninsular and then also in the protected large bay southwest of San Sebastian. 
  • Vilanculos and the archipelago are ranked as the best Black Marlin destination in the Eastern Indian Ocean and fishermen descend on the bay during the season, October through to end of January. 
  • A top kitesurfing location with reliable winds and great conditions for this sport. Get your gear and advice from one of several kitesurfing schools along the beach. 
  • Excellent scuba diving on day trips from Vilanculos to the islands with 2 tanks. Discover healthy coral reefs and clear waters offering some of the best diving in the world – dive sites are uncrowded and marine life is varied and abundant.

Vilanculos Facts and Figures

  • This bustling Mozambique tourist region boasts a new international airport and is part of the wonderful coastline of Inhambane.
  • Vilanculos is named after local tribal chief Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke and today the district is called Vilanculos and the town Vilankulo.
  • Local people deliver their own home-grown vegetables and fruits and fish to the lodges within the Vilanculos Sanctuary. 
  • The Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary, south of Vilanculos, is one of the most biodiverse reserves in Africa and covers an area of 30,000 hectares. It is made up of coastal dunes, mudflats, bush and wetland, as well as miles of pristine beaches that shelter both deep and shallow reef ecosystems. Sightings of eland, Burchell’s zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and eland are common. 
  • Along the coast the largest remaining population of the endangered dugong in this African region grass the sea grasses on the seabed
  • Vilanculos is the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique’s only underwater national park.

Ocean and Beach Activities Abound at Vilanculos

Watch dhows travelling between this port and the islands all day and stroll around the numerous local markets to buy fresh fish or other necessities. Vilanculos is known for its fantastic white beaches, coconut palms, clear azure ocean, warm weather, and island-style adventure and pampering atmosphere. 

Your memorable Mozambique holiday deals to Vilanculos can be tailor-made for diving, spa pampering, honeymoon specials or family breaks. Everything is possible with Mozambique Travel and your Vilanculos vacation will be another feather in your travelling-cap. See all our Vilanculos beach accommodation options below.

Top of our bucket list here is Vilanculos Beach Lodge and the now-famous Bahia Mar Villa. Both offer great accommodation on the beach and good value for money.

And you can find excellent Vilanculos holiday accommodation with the choice of camping, backpacking, B&B, self-catering, lodges, resorts and luxurious hotels. Contact us for more Vilanculos information and holiday deals so we can help you plan your getaway.

Santorini Mozambique

Santorini Mozambique

Villa Santorini sits majestically on a private beach just north of Vilankulo. This five-star luxury Mozambique beach villa offers superb service and setting. If you are looking for special beach holiday accommodation in Vilanculos this is it! Discounted deals available with flights.
Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel Mozambique

Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel Mozambique

The best beach resort accommodation in Vilanculos is Bahia Mar Resort Mozambique. Set in a postcard-perfect setting on the north east coast of Mozambique.
Vilanculos Beach Lodge

Vilanculos Beach Lodge

Best deals guaranteed to Vilanculos Beach Lodge. Breathtaking location, excellent restaurant and bars, beautiful beach, inviting swimming pool and lovely bungalows combine to make this a memorable stay.
Sussuro Beach Lodge Mozambique

Sussuro Beach Lodge Mozambique

A simple but breathtakingly stunning design led boutique hotel set in total seclusion on a remote peninsular. Sussurro can only be accessed at low tide which adds to its privacy.
Dugong Beach Lodge Vilanculos

Dugong Beach Lodge Vilanculos

Dugong Beach Lodge is found in the spectacular Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary on the coast of Mozambique. Dugong Beach Lodge (which is named after the rare and near-extinct dugong), is found in the spectacular Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary on the coast of Mozambique.
Azulik Lodge – Vilanculos Wildlife Sanctuary

Azulik Lodge – Vilanculos Wildlife Sanctuary

Azulik Lodge is situated within the Vilanculos Wildlife Sanctuary on the San Sebatian peninsula which forms the southern-most portion of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique.
AsDunas Vilanculos Beach Resort

AsDunas Vilanculos Beach Resort

As Dunas is new, chic and contemporary and is just twenty minutes north of Vilanculo town Mozambique. This beach lodge is designed for an amazing holiday and life-style experience and set amongst rolling sand dunes and indigenous coastal vegetation overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Moyeni Lodge San Sebastian Sanctuary

Moyeni Lodge San Sebastian Sanctuary

A private and exclusive lodge, offering both a beach and bush experience. Set on a picturesque piece of unspoiled paradise, located on a remote peninsula of San Sebastian, Mozambique’s remote Archipelago.
Eden Bay Eco Lodge Vilanculos

Eden Bay Eco Lodge Vilanculos

Eden Bay Eco Lodge is new and some of the best value accommodation in Vilanculos. Fishing charter specialist to the Bazaruto Archipelago
Rio Azul Lodge Mozambique

Rio Azul Lodge Mozambique

One of the best Mozambique hotels, this aesthetic lodge combines fantastic location, high-end facilities, outstanding service and wonderful cuisine to provide guests with the ultimate beach retreat of their dream.
Vila do Paraiso Vilanculos

Vila do Paraiso Vilanculos

This Mozambique Beach Resort offers Accommodation in six large chic self-catering villas overlooking the Indian Ocean .
Archipelago Resort Vilanculos

Archipelago Resort Vilanculos

Truly the most amazing self catering beachfront accommodation property in Vilanculos, Mozambique. Should you not wish to cook, a seafood restaurant with magnificent views over the Bazaruto Archipelago awaits.
Sailaway Dhow Safaris

Sailaway Dhow Safaris

With Sailaway Dhow Safaris you are guaranteed a holiday with a difference filled with as much blue sky and open azure ocean as you can handle. This is a stress-free holiday to see the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago.