Fishermen make their normal life in Bazaruto
I will not get tired of repeating again and again - who wants to listen to me - that Mozambique is a pearl to discover. The Portuguese, in the colonial era, searched the waters of this part of the Indian Ocean for other types of pearls, some that could be exchanged for large sums in coins, spices, weapons or slaves. They found many large ones around one of the most beautiful marine natural landscapes of the entire African coast: the Bazaruto archipelago.
My two-month trip through South Africa was so poorly prepared and planned that I didn't even know about the existence of Bazaruto before entering Mozambique. Being in Maputo, my good friend Manu, from Spain, sent me a message telling me that I could not miss that place because I had been shocked to see him in a documentary of the 2.
My initial idea was to spend a couple of weeks, at most, in Mozambique - in the end I exhausted my 30-day visa - so I decided to take a bus north and visit the famous archipelago.
The boats with which we did the excursion. Leaving the coast of Vilanculos
He Bazaruto archipelago It is a group of six islands (Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Banque, Santa Carolina and Shell) that is located in the province of Inhambane.
If you are in the capital, Maputo, The best way to get there by public transport is to take one of the Intercape buses that take you to a crossroads near the small fishing village of Vilanculos.
I took the bus around 5 in the morning and arrived at the intersection well past noon. I was traveling with my new Dutch friends Agnes and Marij and the three of us got on the back of a van that, despite being overflowing with people, kept taking new passengers every 200 meters on its winding road to Vilanculos.
It was at the hostel where we stayed at Vilanculos -Baobab Beach- where we hired the excursion to Bazaruto.
The deserted beaches of Bazaruto Island