andBeyond Benguerra Island: The Experience

Located in Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Once a simple fishing lodge, andBeyond Benguerra Island stays true to its roots by offering a range of catch-and-release options in the Mozambique Channel—a particularly excellent spot for reeling in black marlin and bonefish. These days, guests can also go beyond the dhow and dive into marine-rich waters on snorkeling and scuba excursions, where there are chances to swim with whale sharks, dolphins, and the elusive dugong. Days onshore are spent discovering the island's beguiling sands during horseback rides along the beach, hikes to the top of massive coastal dunes, and picnics atop sandy shoals surrounded by turquoise seas.

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Things to Do

The following experiences are included in the cost of your stay.

Scuba Diving

Dive into the diverse ecosystem of Two Mile Reef and explore pristine coral gardens that sustain sea turtles, rays, and an array of colorful tropical fish. If you’re lucky, you might also spot gentle whale sharks, frolicking pods of dolphin, or the elusive dugong. Equipment is provided by the lodge, and excursions are available only for divers with a full PADI certification.

Snorkeling

Explore the colorful marine life residing in the shallow reefs just off the coast of Benguerra. Equipment is provided by the lodge, and knowledgeable guides direct guests to the most active snorkeling spots.

Horseback Riding

Saddle up and explore Benguerra astride horses rescued from abandoned Zimbabwean farms. Canter along the water’s edge, ride bareback in the ocean shallows, or guide your steed inland along hidden horse tracks. Benguerra has trails for all experience levels, from first-timers to seasoned riders, and all excursions are accompanied by professional guides.

Island Drives

Set off on a guided, customized drive across the island to explore inland landscapes and local culture. Discover the lakes and dunes of the north, visit the main village to meet with islanders, or venture to the wild eastern end of the island.

Sunset Dhow Cruise

Join a skipper for a cruise in a traditional wooden sailing vessel known as a dhow. Navigate the calm waters of the bay as the sun sets over the Bazaruto Archipelago, and learn about island culture from your local guide.

Bird-Watching

Benguerra Island is home to nearly 150 bird species, including several unusual tropical species like the paradise flycatcher, olive bee-eater, green pigeon, and narina trogon. Set out with a guide in search of these exotic beauties, and veer inland for a glimpse of flamingos fishing in freshwater lakes.

Boats and Boards

Paddle the coastal waters on a lodge paddleboard or sea kayak, seeking out marine life and secluded stretches of shoreline with the help of a local guide.

Optional Activities and Experiences

The following experiences are offered at an additional cost.

Spa Treatments

Relax with a rejuvenating massage in an oceanfront cabana.

Catch-and-Release Fishing

Hop aboard a fully equipped fishing boat and enjoy an angling excursion with your professional guide. The Bazaruto Archipelago’s far-reaching shallows provide the ideal breeding ground for baitfish, which in turn provide sustenance for the abundant game fish of the deep. Available outings include light tackle fishing in the bay, fly-fishing in open waters, and targeting game species like sailfish and black marlin.

Scuba Diving Courses

The lodge offers a variety of scuba diving courses. Beginner courses are ideal for guests who would like try out the scuba experience before committing to a PADI diving course. More advanced PADI open water courses are available for divers who already hold a recognized entry level certification with a minimum of four training dives.

Helicopter Sightseeing

Soar above the Benguerra coastline on a helicopter excursion, and marvel at aerial views of the breathtaking shoals that emerge at low tide, painting whorls of white sand into the turquoise seas.

Sunset Catamaran Cruise

Set out in the late afternoon and cruise to the Bay of Benguerra aboard the lodge’s 12-foot catamaran. Enjoy local snacks while taking in the sun set over the tropical waters.

Food and Drink

A typical meal at andBeyond Benguerra Island comes with a dash of wind in your hair and a side of sand on your toes. The lodge brings dining outdoors whenever possible, delivering “castaway picnics” to remote sand shoals that jut into the ocean, and assembling dinner tables and hanging lanterns at the water’s edge in preparation for magical evenings under the stars. The oceanfront bar—fashioned from a traditional dhow sailboat—offers an intimate gathering spot in between meals, serving ice cold drinks and fresh seafood at all hours of the day.

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