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Some people argue "If you have never been to Vilanculos, then you've never experienced Mozambique's true beauty".
Welcome to Vilanculos, Approximatley 750km north of the capital of Maputo. This bustling seaside paradise is a great "stepping-stone" for travellers wanting to venture and explore one of Mozambique's most popular Archipelagos - the Bazaruto islands (five beautiful islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue Islands - most are national parks).
Flights can be booked to Vilanculos from Johannesburg
Good news for tourists who want to travel to Vilanculos by vehicle, because the roads have been improved, which not only means the roads are better, but also means you don't need a 4x4 to get to there. But if you're the type that does not like long distant drives, then flights can be booked on a daily basis from South Africa's O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Vilanculos.
5km inland from all the beach resorts and lodges is the vilanculos town itself - a busy / vibrant commercial village offering lots of fresh produce and vegetables at the local market. Various Art and craft items are sold everywhere from stunning island paintings to well crafted quality wooden statues - and the locals are more than willing to 'bargain' / trade with you. Be sure to visit the Cultural Centre.
There's a few quaint restaurants in town to dine at serving delicious seafood and ice cold drinks. Otherwise there are more than enough places to dine at on the beach with beautiful ocean views. Most restaurants & bars at certain resorts allow "walk-ins" for you to experience their own exquisite cuisine. Enjoy a vibrant nightlife in Vilanculos. Join the festivity with an ice cold beer, cocktail along with some music and dancing under the moonlit sky.
Just like most towns and cities in Mozambique - always be aware and keep an eye out for 'pocket-pickers'.
Petrol, diesel, banks and telephone facilities can be found in Vilanculos as well as basic supplies sold at various shops.
Wake up to the sound of waves crashing and take a leisurely stroll along the beautiful unspoiled beaches or lie back and soak up the sun. The bay waters are clear, calm and relatively shallow between mainland and the islands providing ideal conditions for kitesurfing and safe bathing. Diving, snorkeling and big game fishing is extremely popular within the Bazaruto Archipelago and is renowned as one of the best fishing regions off Mozambique's coast for black marlin. Various other big-game catches include sailfish, marlin, barracuda, wahoo, dorado, kingfish, prodigal sun, yellowfin tuna, rainbow runner to name a few.
The archipelago is even home to the rare dugong specie.
The bay waters are clear, calm and relatively shallow between mainland and the islands providing ideal conditions for kitesurfing and safe bathing. Diving, snorkeling and big game fishing is extremely popular within the Bazaruto Archipelago and is renowned as one of the best fishing regions off Mozambique's coast for black marlin.
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