Mozambique Diving – Bazaruto Island
The protected Bazaruto Marine National Park is a scuba diver’s paradise, with crystal-clear waters and a range of dazzling soft coral ridges and reefs to explore. A host of exciting dives can be experienced here with reef fish such as snapper and surgeon, as well as potato bass, kingfish, barracuda, manta rays and reef sharks to be seen.
Above the water dolphin are frequently encountered whilst humpback whales can be sighted between August and October and whale sharks between April and July. Leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles are often seen in the water, coming ashore to lay their eggs on Bazaruto’s sandy beaches. You may also be lucky enough to see a rare dugong – part of the largest viable breeding population in the western Indian Ocean.
Bazaruto Island’s superb scuba diving locations include:
Brindle Bass Ridge (North Point) – large reef (18 metres) with impressive concentrations of snappers, angelfish, rubberlips, brindle bass & reef sharks.
Potholes (North Point) – series of shallow potholes (12 metres) often sheltering black-tail reef sharks.
Manta Ray Reef (North Point) – flat reef (15 metres) with spectacular concentrations of anemones and clownfish.
Rainbow Runner Reef (North Point) – (25 metres) with impressive accumulations of green-tree and whips corals.
Turtle Ridge (North Point) – narrow ridge (14 metres) frequented by turtles and game-fish such as barracuda.
Two-Mile Reef – well known for excellent snorkeling inside the reef and for exciting dives on the outside (6-21 metres).
Zenguelema Point – this dive site, with a depth of 21m, is located on the western side of the island and is home to schools of Reef Fish, Scorpion Fish, Crocodile Fish and the occasional Stone Fish.
Our on-site diving instructor co-ordinates the diving courses, from beginner courses to more advanced reef diving, and plans every diving trip taking care of all the details, from safety precautions to the final dive entry. We use PADI Instructors and Dive Masters as a minimum standard and we do not conduct technical or deep-water dives that warrant a chamber.
Sport Fishing – Mozambique, Bazaruto Island
The Bazaruto Archipelago offers some of the most spectacular fishing in the world. Unspoilt and little explored, the Indian Ocean here with its deep Mozambique Channel harbours some of the world’s most exciting game fish – species such as Kingfish, Queenfish, Barracuda, Mackerel and Yellowfin Tuna. Recreational and specialist fishermen are increasingly attracted to the Bazaruto Archipelago to try their hand at luring legendary species such as Giant Black Marlin, Sailfish or Wahoo. Even novice anglers are sure to be delighted with a catch!
Extending six miles out to sea, the Bazaruto Archipelago has been a National Park since 1971. Most fish species occur inside the reserve boundaries and a strong marine conservation policy of tag and release is ensuring the sustainable use of the resource. The Archipelago is known as Africa’s most productive area for Black, Blue and Striped Marlin and has produced Black Marlin in excess of 1000 pounds. Apart from Black Marlin in the summer months (October to March), there is a strong winter run of Sailfish (July to December) and a great variety of offshore species such as big Wahoo, Dorado, King Mackerel, Giant Trevally and Tuna. A diversity of inshore species on the leeward side of the islands means that Bazaruto is also an ideal destination for light-tackle and fly fishermen.
Indigo Bay offers a high quality Mozambique sport-fishing operation so that guests can experience the thrill of fighting one of the giants of the deep or reeling in a variety of game fish. Our operation has a strong tag and release policy and to date we have achieved an almost 100% release rate on all sailfish and marlin caught by guests. We support the Durban’s Oceanographic Research Institute’s tagging programme and in 2002 we won the prize for the most tagged fish out of all commercial charter operations along the southern African east coast.
Play the original survivor games…
With a setting of white sandy beaches surrounded by the crystal-clear water of the Indian Ocean and an historical journey back in time with the original east African dhows that have been sailing the Mozambican coast line for centuries, Allan Cameron from Survivor Media has created a unique “Dhow Chasing” activity, exclusive to Rani Resorts. This once in a life-time experience offers guests a chance to play the original Survivor games – from “Skull Swings” to “Abacus Blocks” to sailing in a local hand-crafted dhow, where teams are pitted against each other to compete for “hostages” which are traded at each challenge. To ensure everyone’s participation, no matter their age or fitness level, the challenges are split into either physical (battle) or mental (bargain). The concept is simple (finish first with the most “hostages”); the challenge compelling and completely entertaining.
Available exclusively at the following Rani Resorts properties: Matemo Island and Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa for Groups and Incentive guests.
Dhow Chasing Video – Rani Resorts
Guests wishing to marvel at the marine life without having to put a tank on their back can go snorkeling amongst stunning tropical reefs featuring a diversity of exotic marine life. All equipment is provided and guests can choose between guided or unguided snorkeling.
Mozambique Boat Trips
On boat trips offshore, you may be privileged to view dolphins and marine turtles, as well as whales and whale sharks at certain times of year. If you are very lucky you may view the rare dugong (sea cow), an endangered sea mammal that sparked early seafarers’ tales of mermaids. Boat trips to the nearby and deserted Paradise Island (Santa Carolina) for picnics and snorkeling can be arranged.
Mozambique Bird Watching
On land Bazaruto plays host to more than 180 species of birds, a vast range of Palaearctic migrants, 26 species of waders and huge flocks of pelicans and flamingoes in and around the coastal lakes and tidal pools. Bird lovers will revel in the splendour and diversity of our diverse bird life.
Mozambique Water Sports
Indigo Bay is stocked with a full range of water sport equipment. Guests looking for action can water-ski in the calm waters off the central beach or opt for fun variants thereof (such as wake-snakes, wake-boards, knee-boards and doughnuts). A range of non-motorised water sports, such as kayaking, windsurfing and Hobiecat sailing, is also on offer and we ensure that our equipment is up-to-date and well-maintained.
Mozambique Dune Boarding
One of Bazaruto Island’s features is its spectacular high sand dunes, which makes for exhilarating dune boarding for the entire family. Our boards require very little skill to master and can be easily handled by children as well as adults. Whizzing down a sand dune with the azure Indian Ocean around you, is one of our more thrilling experiences.
Mozambique Island Drives
For guests who are interested in local flora, fauna and culture, we offer informative drives in our 4×4 vehicle around Bazaruto Island. We will tailor-make your drive to suit your interests, which may include a visit to a local village, excursion to a 19th century lighthouse, bird-watching around unspoilt inland lakes, a trip to Sailfish Bay on the pristine eastern shore, or spectacular sunset drinks on the high central dunes.
Mozambique Horse Rides
Our hardy and carefully selected Boerperds cater for novices and advanced riders alike. Set out in the early morning or late afternoon to explore the forests and dunes on the island, or select a breathtaking beach ride where you can canter along beautiful white sandy shores and even swim in the waves if you choose. Our Stable Manager will conduct basic riding lessons for guests looking for instruction. Full chaps and riding hats are available on site.
Other Activities in Mozambique
Indigo Bay has a fully equipped gym with state-of-the-art equipment like treadmills, cycling and rowing machines as well as circuit gear.
Guests can also enjoy a workout on the tennis courts. Volleyball and Qolf are on offer for family fun.