VILANKULO, PEMBA ISLAND & MAURITIUS
Mozambique is one of the top 10 diving destinations in the world, with pristine reefs & a mesmerizing underwater world. The diving around the Bazaruto Archipelago islands has been described as nothing short of magnificent. Needs to be experienced!
With expansive areas of natural coral, crystal clear waters for underwater visibility & an ocean that is teeming with sea life, shipwrecks, canyons & caves, Mauritius is a natural choice for diving addicts & fantastic dive opportunities can be found all around the island.
There are several stunning snorkeling places around the Bazaruto Archipelago islands, just off of Vilankulo. The most famous one is The Aquarium (West of two mile reef.)
Except for the southern coast, Mauritius is surrounded by a coral reef & is therefore an excellent destination for snorkeling, with several top spots including Blue Bay, Flic en Flac & Trou aux Biches.
Dhow & Catamaran trips to nearby islands
Relaxed and traditional day trips to the islands including lunch.
In Mozambique, sail on a traditional dhow to the Bazaruto Archipelago islands, or cruise on a catamaran in Mauritius to Ile aux Cerfs, the Northern islands or Ile aux Benitiers in the West. Sunbathe, stop for snorkeling in prime spots, stroll along the white sandy beaches & completely unwind…
Whale Watching & Swimming with Dolphins
In Vilankulo, if you head out into the sea between July and October you’ll have a chance to see migrating hump back whales who mate and calve in these warm waters.
In Mauritius, these trips are done by speed boat year round.
Whale encounters & the ability to observe these magnificent marine mammals is an incredibly moving experience. An equally amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience is swimming with wild dolphins possible off the west coast of Mauritius in Tamarin Bay, but more common in the South of Mozambique.
Casa Rex is the base for kite surfing in Vilankulo! Try a kite surfing baptism, learn how to kite surf level 1 and level 2 or hire equipment and join a kiting safari.
Le Morne Kite School in Mauritius operates a world class kiteboarding training centre, although there are also centres in Bel Ombre in the South & the fishing village of Grand Gaube in the North. Elevate your senses & experience this adrenaline watersport!
LAND ACTIVITIES IN
VILANKULO, PEMBA ISLAND & MAURITIUS
Bush & beach combinations
With Mozambique’s emergence as a prime beach destination, this has added another dimension to South African travel & the combination of a bush package in the Kruger, for example, followed by a seafront Mozambican holiday to perfectly complement it has become hugely popular, with Vilankulo & the stunning Bazaruto Archipelago islands beyond being one of the destinations of choice.
Prepare yourself for a once in a lifetime encounter & get up close & personal with lions, tigers & cheetahs in a preserved setting at Casela Nature & Leisure Park on the west coast of Mauritius, where walking with lions is a firm favorite.
Also available is the thrilling zipline hiking experience for the energetic, and close enough to cool down after are the beautiful beaches of the west coast.
Visit the market
To enjoy a real Mozambican experience, visit the colorful local market.
Free without a guide or MTS100 per person with a tour guide
The market is the ideal place to purchase capolana’s (traditional patterned fabric) & just about anything else for a cheaper price than the local supermarkets including fresh fish.!
Mauritius is also home to several local markets – some dedicated to textile products, others like the central bazaar in Port Louis offering a huge selection from local crafted jewelry to exotic foods, cheap produce & interesting arts & crafts.
Massages & Spas
If you really want to treat yourself during your stay in Vilankulo… there are a few masseuses in town and they can come to Casa Rex, so you don’t even have to travel. Pampering treatments available to make you feel in top form.
Mauritius is famous for it’s many spas & wellness centres offering anything from Aromatherapy & Ayurvedic head massages to body polish treatments, carefully blending learned traditions & modern day techniques for a complete holistic experience.
Bird watching tour/Canoeing trip/ Hiking
Available in both destinations, with local experts to help you spot some magnificent birdlife. Or take a canoe trip along one of the rivers to put you back in touch with nature.
In addition to Casa Rex’s popular a la carte restaurant, there are several other restaurants in Vilankulo: Casbah, Donna Ana, Pescador, Samara, Veranda, Casa Guci, Beach Bum sports bar & Kilimanjaro and Kuvuka coffee shops for a light snack.
Mauritius’ restaurant menus contain a unique mixture of Chinese, Indian, French & Creole cuisine – and a whole lot more such as Japanese, Thai, Italian, & Greek options to satisfy any palate.
In addition you can of course swim in the sea, or choose to relax around the pool with a good book!