Most beautiful beach. - Clear, clean water with the most amazing white beaches, to stroll from one restaurant to the next on the beach feeling very good and happy!
leon schmidt South Africa
Gateway to Bazaruto islands - Vilanculos lies at the gateway of the Bazaruto Archipelago Mozambique’s only underwater National Park – which comprises five islands – Bazaruto, Benguerra, Margaruque, Bangue and Santa Carolina. Here one can truly connect with nature. The coral reefs attract a rich diversity of tropical fish and other marine creatures, and are regarded as some of the most diverse and least disturbed in the Western Indian Ocean.
Several activities can be booked to explore the amazing beauty of this location - a real paradise.
You can do snorkeling or scuba diving on the famous reefs of the Bazaruto Islands, horse riding the unique coastline landscapes, jump aboard a traditional sailing dhow and visit the islands, learn about the history and culture of these amazing people and the more adventurous can give it a go on a kitesurfing course or explore the bay on a Stand Up paddling board. Different massages, crystal healing and beauticians are also available just to spoil you during your holiday.
Mel & Susana X Mozambique
Stay in Vilanculos - Clean place, safe and friendly people. Breathtaking views and the other resorts are more organized. Food differs from ours.
Shaheeda Smith South Africa
WOW - Why go to Camores or Maritiuas - Great little town with lots to do!
Gary zwanepoel South Africa
The best of Vilanculos - Now that the EN1 main road of Mozambique running north to south has been extensively repaired, it is an easy one day drive from Maputo to Vilanculos in the State of Inhambane, the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. The archipelago is the largest marine park in Africa and comprises five islands, Santa Carolina, Bazaruto, Benguerra, Margaruque and Bangue, with Bazaruto and Benguerra offering five star lodge accommodation. The diving and snorkelling on the reefs around these islands is world class with a huge variety of marine life on show. Whales and whale sharks are regular visitors to the coast and dolphins play around the boats in the bay. Even the increasingly rare and shy dugong can be seen now and then. Vilanculos is a relaxed and friendly town with three supermarkets, two fresh fruit and vegetable markets, a fish market and many small boutiques and stalls. For the car traveller there are mechanics, electricians, spare parts shops, fuel stations and solutions to most problems.
The town has an active nightlife for anyone fancying a bit of clubbing and there are many restaurants to chose from, in the resorts as well as independent venues. For the family there is lots to do as the sea along the beaches is calm due to the protection of the islands. Hire a canoe and go paddling, learn to snorkel in the shallow waters, take a fishing boat out to catch the big one, ride a horse along the sand - have fun and join an impromptu beach football game. For the more adventurous, take a scuba diving course and discover the magic of the underwater world of the reef.
Accommodation comes in many forms, from camping, backpacker rooms, sea view twin bed rondavels, self catering chalets sleeping 6 people, even a great big house for groups of 26 travellers, and luxury private houses.
The national language is Portuguese but the staff in the hotels and restaurants speak English. A lot of local people you meet speak the mine dialect of "fanagalo" from working in South Africa.
Rosemary Forrester South Africa