Day 1: Vilanculos

You will be met on arrival at Inhambane Airport and transferred to Vilanculos Lodge

With Inhambane being one of the oldest cities in Mozambique, the history it holds is magnificent. Inhambane, named “Land of the friendly people” by Vasco Da Gama, holds the perfect mixture of the Portuguese influence in the architechture and the local flare with its colourful fish and fruit markets. New revival is seen in this growing city whilst scars from the war are still evident on the older buildings. Experience this contrasting lively city and feels the essence of its past.   

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Scuba Diving

Day 2: Vilanculos

Enjoy 7 full days exploring all that Vilanculos has to offer.

Dive in the warm, subtropical waters of the Indian Ocean in and around the Bazaruto Archipelago. Let the dive instructor guide you around the pristine coral reefs which abound with more than 200 species of fish. As the reefs range from shallow to deep, they offer the diver an abundance of marine life with a huge diversity of both coral and sea life. In addition to most of the beautiful East Indian Ocean reefs, we have the privilege of seeing various species of Sharks, Whale sharks, Manta rays, Potato bass, Turtles, Guitar fish and various Rays and Eels. Humpback Whales frequent our waters between the months of July and October.

For the non-diver there is always the opportunity to take a snorkelling trip to the amazing Two Mile Reef. Here one may appreciate the beauty and colors of a coral reef and the abundant marine life it supports without having to use scuba gear.

 

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Optional excursions

Day 3: Vilanculos

The reefs are made up of a volcanic rock base and are covered in a variety of hard and soft corals. These not only provide a healthy splash of colour but are home to all the usual reef fish and our special small creatures. Rare and colourful Harlequin Shrimps. The incredibly powerful Peacock Mantis Shrimp. The transparent Periclemines Shrimp.

There are also Frogfish, Paperfish, Octopus, Squid, and big fish and big eels, and small fish and small eels. Actually, all that we have is innumerable and indescribable and you’ll just have to come and see it all for yourself!

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Full day to explore

Day 4: Vilanculos

Horse riding on sandy white beaches with an azure ocean as a backdrop is a dream come true for both experienced riders and beginners.

Classic Chalets

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x2 Dives Today

Day 5: Vilanculos

Canoe Trails

The Govuro river canoe trip is unquestionably one of the best activities in Vilankulo with an ideal combination of unspoilt riverine and incredible birdlife. You have an option of doing an early morning canoe trail or an afternoon trip, which allows sighting of frogs, birds, fireflies and star gazing.

 

Diving

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Day at leisure

Day 6: Vilanculos

MARINE LIFE:

Whalesharks: The whalesharks visit the Inhambane area as a result of the concentration of plankton in the waters here. They can be seen in the area all year round. When they are here, they are predominantly at the surface feeding. Although we are lucky enough to encounter whale sharks on some dives, often times the best encounters can be snorkeling with them while they feed at the surface.

Humpback Whales: These amazing mammals pass us every year on their migratory route from mid June until October, during this time on almost every dive you will hear their haunting song, and boat rides to dives sites can take a little longer as you stop to watch them leaping and jumping with their babies or just gently cruising up or down the coast! It is the most awesome sight and a few divers have had the wonderful experience of seeing these beauties fly overhead while they were diving!

Manta Rays: The Inhambane area has the highest number of recorded Manta Rays in the world. Furthermore, this is one of the few places in the world where both species of Manta Ray can be seen on the same reef and even on the same dive! The Manta rays are here all year round but sightings can be affected by environmental conditions that are not seasonal. The best encounters with Manta Rays are on the reefs that they use as cleaning stations as they circle over diver’s heads.

Dolphins: We are lucky enough to have 2 different species of dolphins that are often seen here. The more common of the two is the lovable Bottle Nose Dolphin which can be seen in large family groups. We also have the rare and shy Indo Pacific Humpback dolphin. Dolphins are here year round and love to play in the boats bow wave, kids love them as do adults and if they are not busy or travelling too fast we will get in the water with them too.

Seahorses: don’t forget the small stuff! We have Seahorses in the lagoon, which is an awesome dive, the only thing we need is low tide and it doesn’t matter if that comes during the day or night, as night dives here are a very special experience. Make sure you bring your macro cameras and that your buoyancy is good!

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Day to enjoy the area

Day 7: Vilanculos

Dhow Sailing

Travel back in time and sail to any one of the spectacular islands on a traditional Dhow. Upon your arrival you will enjoy snorkeling in crystal clear waters and a fresh lunch is prepared for you on the beach.
Trips available – Magaruque, Benguerra South Island, Benguerra North Island and also private trips.

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Day at Leisure

Day 8: End of Itinerary

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