Mozambique's Only Marine National Park
Bazaruto Archipelago

The islands of Mozambique's Bazaruto archipelago are said to be some of the most beautiful in the entire Indian Ocean. Made up of just five small islands, Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue, the archipelago's new status as the country's only marine national park should save it from mass tourism, and Bazaruto's existing resort operators are passionate about keeping it that way. The archipelago's sand is so clean it squeaks when you walk on it and the coral reefs are said to be among the best preserved in the world. The marine park was created to protect the endangered dugong and marine turtles and their respective habitats. Spinner, bottlenose, humpback and striped dolphins can also be found at Bazaruto and leatherbacked, loggerhead, green, hawksbill and olive ridley turtles occur along the coastline, while humpback whales use the calm waters as breeding grounds during the winter months.