Surrounding Waters of the Bazaruto Archipelago

Bangwe Island

Bangwe Island in the closest to Pambele, taking approximately 20 minutes by boat and makes a beautiful setting for sundowners, or just a good place to relax for the afternoon. With little on the island apart from sand dunes and sea it provides an idyllic spot for a quiet relaxation. 

Bazaruto Island

Bazaruto Island is 37km by 7km. Often flamingos can be seen frequenting the tidal flats and the freshwater lakes on the island can be home to crocodiles. The East of the island is mainly sandy beaches, whilst the West is more inhabited by grasslands and thickets.

Benguerra Island

Benguerra Island is 11km by 5km and the nearest inhabited island to Pambele. The island was originally named Santa Antonio by the Portuguese explorers, but was later re-named as Benguerra after a local Tribal Chief. There are a number of lodges on the island and even it's own airstrip.


Margaruque, formerly known as llha Santa Isabel is a beautiful and peaceful island, attracting anyone who loves nature, the sun or water sports. You can walk around the idyllic island in an afternoon and see hundreds of pansy shells exposed in the low tide. The Island has a deep channel running just metres from the western shore, ensuring great snorkelling and scuba diving. 

Margaruque Islands are beautiful and peaceful, attracting anyone who loves nature, the sun or water sports. The islands are close to many coral reefs to amaze both snorkelers and divers. There are also numerous wrecks for divers to explore in the surrounding waters. 

Santa Carolina

Santa Carolina is highly regarded as the jewel in the 5 islands forming the Bazaruto Archipelago, a proclaimed marine national park. The only coral rock island in the archipelago, Santa Carolina is a mere 2.3km in length surrounded by turquoise waters, beautiful beaches and shallow reefs which provide excellent snorkeling and an amazing abundance of sea-life just a short wade away. It is a pristine and unique African island, as well as as offering African Bush and Beach, experiences. The tiny island's other claim to fame is it is where Bob Dylan composed his hit song 'Mozambique'.