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Go Island Hopping

The Top 7 Things to Do in Mozambique

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If you’re already a certified diver (or really anyone with an interest in experiencing life in paradise), make a beeline for one of Mozambique’s offshore archipelagoes. In the south, the Bazaruto Archipelago comprises six idyllic islands; and in the north, the Quirimbas Archipelago is a treasure trove of 32 islands. Areas of both are protected as Marine National Parks, and the scenery is a catalogue of swaying palms and white sand beaches painted in swathes across the turquoise sea. Many of the islands and islets are uninhabited, or provide temporary homes for nomadic fishermen. The channels between them are plied by traditional dhows and dugout canoes, and the opportunities for snorkeling, scuba diving and simply lazing on the beach are endless. Both archipelagoes have a selection of luxury lodges tailor-made for an indulgent getaway — try Situ Island Resort in the Quirimbas, or &Beyond Benguerra Lodge in Bazaruto.