Indigo Bay Island Resort
(Bazaruto Archipelago) Mozambique
The stunning Bazaruto Archipelago consists of four main
islands: Bazaruto Island, Benguerra Island, Magaruque Island
and Santa Carolina (Paradise) Island, situated 30km off the
coast of Vilanculos in Inhambane Province off the coast of
Mozambique. A protected National Park, the archipelago
boasts 180 species of birds, endemic butterflies, suni
antelope and freshwater crocodiles. Offshore its protected
waters and reefs support dolphin, dugong, gamefish, giant
lobster and several species of marine turtle.
Bazaruto, Benguerra and Maguruque were part of an
extensive sand peninsula that was once attached to the
mainland, but separated over millions of years as the
continent slowly dipped into the ocean. The east coast of
the islands faces onto the deep waters of the Mozambique
Channel, which is rich in game fish and attracts big game
fishermen from all over the world. The islands' protected
coral reefs also team with marine life, providing some of
the finest diving and snorkeling experiences to be had. The
Bazaruto Archipelago supports populations of traditional
fisherman and their families, many of whom are not permanent
but migrate in constant search of good fishing. One can get
a fascinating glimpse into traditional life by visiting one
of these island fishing communities.
Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa is an exquisite island
destination situated on Bazaruto Island, the largest island
in the Mozambican archipelago of the same name. It offers
visitors the quintessential Indian Ocean island holiday as
well as a gateway to the unspoilt beauty of the surrounding
The largest of the archipelago islands, Bazaruto is one
of Africa's premier scuba diving destinations. Divers are
able to see over 100 species of coral, thousands of tropical
fish species, five kinds of dolphins, four whale species and
sharks, all five marine sea turtle species and the largest
population of the rare dugong on the African east coast.
Owned by Rani Resorts, Indigo Bay offers world-class,
understated luxury, with its elegant design making the most
of its superb location on the white-sand shores of Bazaruto.
State-of-the-art facilities include restaurants, bars,
swimming pools, specialist dive pool, and an activity
centre, which co-ordinates a wide variety of water sports,
as well as diving and fishing activities. With its tropical
climate, unspoilt scenery and wealth of activities on offer,
Indigo Bay is the perfect getaway for families, honeymooners
and incentive groups.
Indigo Bay is situated on the 12 000 ha Bazaruto Island,
part of the jewel-like Bazaruto Archipelago which lies 30 km
east of mainland Mozambique. At 37km long and up to 7km
wide, Bazaruto is the largest of the main islands comprising
the archipelago and features white sands, large sand dunes
and freshwater lakes surrounded by the translucent blue of
the Indian Ocean.
There are no shops on Bazaruto,
only natural beauty, pure white beaches and a wonderland of
fauna and flora to discover. Preserving the natural
environment is of paramount concern and the island was
declared part of the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in
Scheduled flights from Johannesburg OR Tambo, Nelspruit
KMIA, Maputo & Beira, to Vilanculos. Federal Air fly to
Vilanculos from OR Tambo International Airport daily. LAM -
Mozambique Airlines also fly to Vilanculos from OR Tambo
International Airport, via Maputo.
On arrival at
Vilanculos, you will be met by a representative from Indigo
Bay, who will assist you with clearing customs & immigration
prior to boarding the air shuttle, operated by CFA Air
Charters. Transfer time to Indigo Bay from Vilanculos
Airport is approximately 15 minutes.
Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa offers world-class
luxury and facilities, its elegant yet natural design
perfectly complimenting the beauty of its tropical location
overlooking Indigo Bay on Bazaruto Island.
The guest areas, as well as the luxury Beach Chalets and
Bay View Villas, have been constructed of natural materials
like reed, soft-fringed thatch and wood in order to blend
harmoniously with the natural surroundings.
Each chalet and villa offers complete luxury, with
air-conditioning, mosquito screens, sumptuous en-suite
bathrooms, mini-bars, 24-hour power, satellite TV and
telephone access. A choice of separate, inter-leading and
shared veranda chalets and villas are available.
29 Beach Chalets with en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower,
king-size beds, dressing room, verandah, living area,
mosquito screens, air-conditioning, mini-bar, satellite TV,
1 Beach Honeymoon Chalet with en-suite bathroom, mosquito
screens, mini-bar, satellite TV, dressing room, lounge area
and splash pool.
12 Luxury Bay View Villas, each with two bedrooms,
featuring outdoor dining area, sala, outdoor shower, private
splash-pool, air-conditioning, mini-bar, satellite TV,
mosquito screens, lounge and kitchen.
1 Executive Suite (Matemo Suite) with queen-size bed,
en-suite bathroom, lounge, verandah and private plunge pool.
1 Presidential Villa, offering the ultimate in 5-star
luxury with its own spa bath and swimming pool. It comprises
1 King room and 1 twin room, each with en-suite bathroom, in
addition to a lounge and bar.
Spectacular restaurants specializing in seafood, and
characterful bars with original walls dating back to the
early Portuguese traders, provide the focus of Indigo Bay's
Nearby, the activity centre is the base for a host of
Mozambique island-based activities, such as diving, fishing,
snorkeling and water-skiing. A state-of-the-art
dive-training pool is available for guests wanting to hone
their diving skills or take up one of several dive courses
Those simply wanting to relax can laze around the
beautiful swimming pools, drink cocktails (ask for a
caiparinha!) at the wet bar, or while away time at the beach
And for ultimate hedonism, the ultra-luxurious new
Sanctuary Spa offers a range of pampering treatments to
revitalize the weariest of souls. If you must check your
emails, our refreshingly cool business centre is available.
Guests can enjoy an extensive range of spa treatments at
Indigo Bay brought to you by the renowned Sanctuary Group.
Our 1300 sq. spa offers five treatment rooms, as well as
an ice pool, wet room, hydrotherapy pool, Rasul Chamber,
health bar and relaxation areas to pamper even the most
jaded city soul.
Treatments include Swedish massages, milk baths, body
brushes, body wraps, reflexology and facials, all designed
to impart African energy, goodness and vitality.
Therapists are on hand to pamper you with frangipani
extracts from Elemis or indigenous Cape fynbos from the Moya
range, which blends chamomile, geranium, snowbush, lanyana
and buchu to provide an African antidote to modern living.
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
meters) with impressive concentrations of snappers,
angelfish, rubberlips, brindle bass & reef sharks.
Potholes (North Point) - series of shallow potholes (12
meters) often sheltering black-tail reef sharks.
Ray Reef (North Point) - flat reef (15 meters) with
spectacular concentrations of anemones and clownfish.
Rainbow Runner Reef (North Point) - (25 meters) with
impressive accumulations of green-tree and whips corals.
• Turtle Ridge (North Point) - narrow ridge (14 meters)
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
• 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
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 harbors 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
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.
Accommodation Rates:- Please contact us for a quote and