After two weeks of intensive travel in Africa (from cruising the backwaters of Botswana to jumping off Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe), we were ready to have some downtime and relax in Crusoe-esque style. And on Bazaruto Island, we did just that.
At just 30 km from mainland Mozambique, it’s just a short hop away from the town of Vilanculos, yet it can’t be further away from the chaos of Africa. Inhabited by only 3,500 people, the island remains a stronghold of tradition for fishermen in the area and continues to steer clear of the tourist trail. During our stay at Indigo Bay, we felt like we’d been cast away on a far-flung island, somewhere remote and unexplored, but we were surprised to find creature comforts always within our reach.
There was something very soothing about being on Bazaruto Island, being surrounded by the sounds of the gentle waves and the smell of tropical foliage right outside our balcony. Life slowed down to a relaxing pace and despite our hectic workload, we decided to just let the wind take us. Apart from the giant sand dunes that towered over the eastern seafront of the island, there were just a few villages dotted around the island. The rest of it were all shrubs and stretches of empty beaches.
At Indigo Bay, we spent our days taking long strolls on the beach, waving at locals, and swaying on the hammock right by the sea. By day, we sipped piña colada by the infinity pool and typed away on our laptops before whiling away the afternoon on the beach. Watching the sunset was my favorite part of the day as we sat out on the verandah and drank even more piña coladas. Our thatched roof bungalow overlooked the beach; so from our teak wood bed, we watched the sun washing everything in gold. Best of all, we were all but ten steps away from the beach.
But there was much more to Bazaruto than beach bumming. We went sand boarding and watched sunset from the top of the dunes while drinking beer; back on the beach, we strapped on our snorkel and fins and went snorkeling in the reef close to the bay; on our last evening, we also indulged in a 15-minute massage at the Sanctuary Spa. There was so much to do at Indigo Bay, we barely scraped the surface. Perhaps we’ll return someday to explore more of Bazaruto, but I have a feeling we’ll probably end up beach-bumming again, because that’s what Bazaruto is all about.
Here’s a video we’ve put together to bring you there to Bazaruto with us:
How to get there: The only way to get there is via a light aircraft service by CFA Charters from Vilanculos. The flight itself is well worth the trip as the view is phenomenal, check out our photos from the scenic flight.
Prices: Room rates start from US$545 per night for a double beach chalet. This includes all meals, alcoholic drinks, snorkeling trips and a 15-minute spa treatment. For more details, check out their website.
Disclaimer: Our stay was made possible by Rani Resorts (Indigo Bay), but all opinions expressed above are our own.