Things to do
Very popular with South African divers, Mozambique is flying up the wishlist for other international travellers. Vilankulos is the go-to place, and gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago, where coral reefs and clear waters allow dive sites with visibility up to as much as 40m. Plus you aren’t looking through the legs of thousands of other divers, unlike some other famous dive spots, especially if you head even further north or out to some of the uninhabited islands. Wherever you go, you have the joys of dolphins, humpback whales, whale sharks, leatherback turtles, manta and spotted eagle rays.
Traditional dhows, mostly used by Mozambique’s Tsonga people to fish and trade for generations, are now becoming more prolific along this country’s long and – when you see the photos, much longed for – coastline. With many fishermen now offering sailing trips, island hopping from one divine dune to another, this is not only slow travel at its most elegant. It is to dhow for.
Mozambique is also paddling paradise, and the Quirimbas National Park’s archipelago is the place to indulge in sumptuous sea kayaking. Paddling out to uninhabited islands, camping overnight, exploring mangrove forests one day, eating seafood you have caught off a palm-fringed beach the next.