The thought of white sands and palm trees is a welcome one at this point in the year, we won”t lie Hello Joburgers. 2017 has left us feeling like a freight train ran us over and December is just too far away!
If you are all about an ocean safari adventure for the whole family, then make sure you check out Azura Benguerra Island and Azura Quilalea Private Island in Mozambique
Azura Retreats’ two exceptional properties situated in Mozambique are excellent island destinations for the entire family to embark on an ocean safari adventure like no other.
From the pristine waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago Marine Sanctuary at Azura Quilalea Private Island, to the extraordinary sea life found at Azura Benguerra Island, both National Parks invite you to explore the beautiful ocean and uninhabited beaches surrounding both islands, with many memorable activities to partake in.
Science reveals that being near the ocean has positive effects on the brain, it is not only know as nature’s most natural tranquiliser but it inspires creative thinking, reduces anxiety, promotes compassionate thinking and togetherness, explaining why many people choose to head to the sea side for holidays, celebrations and important life events.
Azura Retreats offers you the ocean safari, from excellent diving sites, fun water activities, and whale -watching, to fishing for local species, educational guided marine walks, where crowds of ghost crabs scuttle by, and incredible turtle sightings, these two 5-star Mozambican destinations will help you create unforgettable and extraordinary family memories.
On your ocean safari family adventure at either Azura Benguerra Island or Azura Quilalea Private Island, you will be given the rare opportunity to dive or snorkel in some of the most spectacular scuba diving spots in the world, allowing you to discover an underwater world that is visited by just a few lucky divers each year.
Bleach-free coral reefs and the deep drop-off of the Mozambican shelf, means that you and your family will be able to dive in some of the healthiest coral reef systems in the world.
At Azura Quilalea, the world is your oyster as there are many spectacular reefs to dive and discover, for instance the Canyon which is the home to the large Grouper, Napoleon Wrasse and schools of Barracuda. Explore the Wall, a recently discovered dive site offering a remarkable variety of hard and soft coral, as well as Stingray alley and Mozambique’s uniquely located house reef at Quilalea, which offers dive and snorkeling access right off the main beach.
Its excellent location allows for signature night dives and guided night snorkeling expeditions, which take place with the use of underwater torches allowing guests to witness the magnificent sights and performances that occur in the ocean at night.
At Azura Benguerra Island, make yourself at home around the legendary Two Mile reef which is home to Hammerhead Sharks, Devil Rays and large Pelicans. Part of the reef which has been appropriately named The Aquarium, giving the explorer the undeniable feeling of such an experience due to the variety of marine life showcased on the reef.
Besides all of the above, there is more! Kids can learn how to snorkel and dive, you can do PADI certified diving, or enjoy a guided island hopper tour for the entire family.
Discover pansy shells on the beautiful Pansy Island or take a boat trip at high speed to Paradise Island (locally known as Santa Carolina). Take a family adventure to spot the turtles, or take a leisurely kayak or dhow cruise as the sun sets over the islands.
Humpback whales head to the warmer island waters around this time of year – followed closely, or course by the dolphins jumping and playing games. Go and catch your own fish for dinner and try some local spices and delicacies with your evening meal.
“To say goodbye to sand and sea, you turn around to take a final peek, and you see why it’s so unique to be, among the lovely people living free, upon the beach of sunny Mozambique” – Bob Dylan, Mozambique
We honestly could not agree more, HJ. No please excuse the author as she heads of to book her next holiday 🙂
Hello Joburg was first published in April 1980 as a monthly restaurant and entertainment magazine. Over the years we have developed a network of patriotic Joburgers that love nothing more than sharing their experiences in this beautiful city!