Some people are blissful beach bums, happy to laze around in the sun sipping on coconut and rum cocktails, while others prefer the excitement of exploring every hidden cove and distant horizon. When it comes to relaxing you don’t need much advice, and Rio Azul is more than skilled in the art of pampering to your preferences and delighting your taste buds. But for the more active types, there are more than a few ways to satisfy your thirst for adventure when holidaying in Mozambique. From swimming with Whale Sharks and tips on the best reefs to snorkel, to exploring the Mangroves with your own tinnie boat and discovering prolific birdlife on offer, Rio Azul has ample opportunities for the wild at heart. Here are a few ideas for the thrill seekers…
Use of your own private boat on the lagoon
Each chalet has the use of its own “tinnie” boat, a small aluminium alloy boat with 15hp outboard motors that is so easy to use it doesn’t require a boating license. Set out on your very own adventure in the lagoon, take a camera, some binoculars or even snacks and enjoy the freedom.
Snorkelling in the mangroves
Make use of the lodge’s complimentary snorkelling gear and explore the unique ecosystem of the mangrove forest searching for colourful little fish among the tree roots.
Paddle through the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean on a kayaking excursion exploring the mangroves or along the coast.
A trip to Pansy Island or Flamingo Island (tide dependent)
Enjoy a secluded beach picnic on an uninhabited island and look for pretty white Pansy shells that have a distinctive petal-shaped imprint. In season, flocks of flamingos add a vivid pink paintbrush to the white and blue surroundings. Other birdlife such as is white-breasted Cormorants, Grey herons, Pelicans, and elegant Great ibis can be observed as well.
Since 600 AD Mozambicans have been using dhows as transport along the coast. Step back in time on one of these traditional wooden boats with canvas sails and enjoy a magnificent sunset journey on the open seas.
ACTIVITIES WITH AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE:
(Bazaruto Archipelago Reserve and Bartholomeus Diaz (BD) Island / Paradise Island)
The Bazaruto Archipelago was once a peninsula jutting out of Mozambique but now forms six unspoilt islands waiting to be explored. White sand dunes protect the archipelago and form a striking backdrop against the blue sky and azure sea.
Take a boat trip out into the ocean and snorkel in the open sea where magnificent marine life awaits. You may even come across a Whale Shark, gentle giants dappled with white spots who call this area their home. Being surrounded by shoals of fish is another fantastic experience that is not to be missed.
Experienced and qualified guides know the area intimately and take guests out to a nearby reef where they have the option of trolling, plugging, jigging, fly-fishing or drift bait fishing for game fish. The lodge operates on a strict catch and release policy.