Bazaruto is a mecca of adventure activities, but the most memorable are an afternoon horse ride along the beach, early-morning snorkelling for beautiful tropical fish, visiting the island village via a cultural drive, and sunset dune-boarding.
WHAT TO EAT
As well as the mind-blowing fresh seafood, which is a must, try something authentic to Mozambique. You cannot leave without having matapa, a traditional meal consisting of cassava leaves (with a similar texture to spinach) made into a stew-like consistency with coconut milk and mixed with shrimp, prawn, or crab, and shared with rice or pap.
THE ONE THING TO TRY
A picnic on Pansy Island, a white sand bank in the middle of the ocean that opens up with the low tide, creating a private beach. As the tide returns in three to four hours, it completely disappears. A sunset cruise on a traditional dhow, enjoyed best with a glass of wine, is also a must.
WHERE TO SHOP
The resort is fairly limited in terms of shops, so spending your dollars or meticais at the resort’s curio shops is your best bet. Go for anything that is made from capulana fabric, which is available only in Mozambique.
HOW TO GET THERE
Airlink provides direct flights between Johannesburg and Vilanculos, as well as daily flights from Nelspruit to Vilanculos. Through its alliance with South African Airways (SAA), travellers can connect conveniently. Airlink is also a member of South African Airways Voyager loyalty programme. Book online, through a travel agent, or via SAA Central Reservations on 011-978-1111. flyairlink.com