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Day Trip To Magaruque Island

Sailaway Dhow Safaris, Vilankulos, Mozambique
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Magaruque Island, also known as Ilha Santa Isabel, is part of the Bazaruto Archipelago off the coast of Mozambique. The Bazaruto Archipelago is situated 10 to 15 km offshore between Vilankulo and Inhassoro and consists of five islands; Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue. These islands and surrounding waters constitute the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park. Magaruque is the third largest island in the archipelago. One can walk around this small island in a couple of hours. A base reef on the lee side of the island is a popular snorkeling area.

Two-Mile Reef is situated off the eastern shoreline of Benguerra and offers great snorkeling and diving opportunities. Beautiful and diverse coral formations and thousands of tropical fishes from tiny clownfish to large wrasses and parrotfish can be found here. Moray eels, various rays and white-tip reef sharks can also be seen when scuba diving.

Trip Preparation

Sailaway provides all meals, juice, tea, coffee, drinking water and ice on safari. Alcohol, carbonated drinks or spirits should be purchased in on the mainland before departure. Bring sunscreen, a hat and warm clothing. There is dry storage for cameras and luggage on the dhow whilst on route. Don’t leave any valuables unattended on any isolated island beaches. Passports, valuables and excess luggage can be stored in the safe at the Sailaway office or the camp manager’s office.

Here we have a variety of activities including snorkelling on the house reef, swimming and an Island walk. When weather and tide conditions allow there is sometimes the opportunity to get in a morning and early afternoon snorkel. Species often spotted include, parrot fish, lion fish, barracuda, wrasse, pipe fish, surgeon fish etc. the list goes on and on. We also see lobster, giant clams, octopus and the occasional turtle. Dolphins [Humpback and Bottlenose] are regularly seen on the trip across and back. During the winter season flamingos and a variety of other birds are regular seen in the bay and on the sand bars just near the island.

Lunch typically consists of fish and chicken cooked on the fire with Calamari stew, Salad, bread, rice and fresh tropical fruit. Tea/coffee/water and juice also provided.

Snorkelling Tips

Marine life is diverse and plentiful, home to many coral types and over 200 species of fish. We provide snorkelling equipment, but if you need corrective lenses, please bring your own mask or contacts. Wear a t-shirt whilst snorkelling in summer. The Magaruque rock reef is a good snorkelling area, but also home to razor sharp rock oysters, so tread lightly and wear the boots provided. When walking in any shallows wear boots provided or sandals to avoid sharp clams or shells. Wherever you go snorkelling be aware of the strength and direction of the current. Check with your guide if unsure. On Magaruque Island at certain times the current can run up to 5kmh, which is impossible to swim against. For those first times snorkelling there are nice calm waters without current on the Island side of the reef. Please inform the tour guide if you are a novice snorkeller or swimmer, as we have life rings to assist you


  • Meals provide Lunch,Tea/Coffee/water/juice and ice provided
  • National park fees to be paid by client on the day
  • This itinerary is a guide, we will probably change the order of activities to accommodate weather and tidal

What you will do

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Discover Magaruque Island
Discover Magaruque Island

08:00: Meet at Sailaway offices for trip briefing, fit snorkelling equipment, etc. Then we board the Dhow and head out to Magaruque Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago.

On the Island we offer a short 45 -55-minute guided walk from the beach to the top of the Dune for amazing views over the Archipelago.

Seafood lunch is served around 12:30 and we typically depart for Vilanculos around 15:00.

Given the prevailing winds are generally south easterly we would normally sail back in the afternoon arriving in Vilanculos at 16:00 We will supply all the equipment required and our guide will be on hand at all times to assist.


  • snacks on route,
  • refreshments,
  • snorkeling equipment
  • excludes park entry fees.
  • Taxi

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Sailaway Dhow Safaris, Vilankulos, Mozambique


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