Being on the edge of the deep Mozambique Channel, the Bazaruto Archipelago is Africa’s most productive area for Black, Blue and Striped Marlin as well as sailfish and warm water game fish such as Giant Kingfish, Wahoo, King Mackerel, Dorado and Bonito. October to March are the prime Marlin months and June to September the best for Sailfish. Many other species of fish are caught all year round. Dugong Mozambique Lodge has 3 fully-equipped boats for hire for fly and game fishing.
According to literature the waters that make up the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park (1,400 square kilomatres) hold over 2,000 fish species, 100 hard and 27 soft coral species, 20 crustacean species, 5 dolphin species, and 4 whale species (humpbacks from July to September and whale sharks from April to July). The extensive sea grass beds support all five marine turtle species found in the West Indian Ocean and the largest dugong population along the eastern African coast.
Sixteen years civil war have kept the coral reefs found here protected from the strains of massive tourism. TwoMile Reef, a short barrier reef protecting a narrow channel between Bazaruto and Benguerra Islands provides a memorable scuba experience. Over 600 species of fish have been recorded during dives in this area and visibility is clear, from up to 10m to 40m. More than a dozen sites are within easy reach of the Dugong Lodge and dive charters can be arranged.
Snorkeling from shore of one of the neraby islands is spectacular. The full spectrum of coral species will keep you spellbound. The reefs are pristine and the coral unbleached. Five species of dolphins are found in the area and they are often seen following the boats when out fishing or snorkeling. The resort has snorkeling equipment for hire.
The Bazaruto archipelago is becoming an important birding spot and is especially noted for two pelagic species that breed on the Indian Ocean and inshore. Both the Greater Frigate bird and Brown Booby are prevalent.
The nearby islands (a short 30 minute boat ride away) are a birdwatcher’s paradise with approximately 164 different species having been identified in habitats varying from coastal dunes, open grasslands, fresh water lakes to savannah and acacia woodlands. The shores fringing the islands are a haven for plovers, sandpipers and other wading birds, such as flamingos and pelicans. At low tide, terns, egrets, kingfishers, cormorants and even the occasional open billed stork for age close to the shore. While bird watching you might have a sighting of animals such as red tailed squirrels, samango monkeys, suni and duiker, which have been reintroduced to the islands.