Lovely Smiles and Sleepy Beaches: Explore Beautiful Vilanculos, Mozambique

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The tropical village of Vilanculos is your perfect home base to explore the Bazaruto Archipelago, and an epic departure point for any longer-term southern Mozambique exploration. Vilanculos boasts turquoise seas and warm beautiful beaches, friendly people and scrumptious cuisine, in a sleepy village atmosphere that’s sure to help you relax and unwind from the stresses of daily living.

During the height of the Southern African school holidays it can get a little busy, but this quiet, slow paced town has a charm of its own you have to experience for yourself. Redolent with the smell of bougainvillea in the spring and summer, don’t expect fast-paced city living here! There’s always tomorrow, and certainly no rush to get things done right at that second. This is the ultimate relaxation destination, and you’ll need to make certain your body clock is set firmly on ‘holiday’ when you arrive. It’s time to detox from the big city!

The best way to explore is on foot or by the quaint local tuk-tuks, so you can fully breathe in the sights and smells that envelop you. The area is melting pot of Arab, African and Portuguese influences, with an iconic culture and art style and plethora of local crafts for you to explore. Cocktails and delectable cuisine are the order of the day. Keen cooks have to explore the fresh-from-the-sea offerings of the local fish market, or sample the local crab matapa- a delicious stew of coconut, peanuts, prawns and crabs. Practice martial arts on the beach, or join in a local free-for-all soccer match. Smuggler’s Pub is the perfect place to start meeting the locals [and catch up on your sport viewing, too].

Add to the adventure with a truly unique safari trip in the iconic dhow ships, and watch whale sharks, dolphins and the endangered dugong at play. The crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkeling, particularly near the island of Magaruque, and the Bazaruto archipelago awaits your exploration, be it by day trip or for longer. Diving, water sport and fishing opportunities abound, so you needn't fear the trip going to your hips!

This sleepy oasis is the perfect escape from harsh city lights. Palm fringed beaches, warm evenings and friendly smiles await you. Luxurious villas and hide-away cosy nests can be found for all budgets- why not explore the options on today?

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