The small coastal town of Vilanculos (or Vilankulo) is known for being Mozambique’s most popular destination for visitors, and for good reason. Its palm-fringed beaches and translucent blue waters provide a paradise-like setting, completely cut off from the chaos of life. Though small, Vilanculos has a variety of accommodation ranging from budget to barefoot luxury.
Vilanculos is loved for being the water sports capital of Mozambique. It known for being the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago, a World Wildlife Trust marine reserve and Mozambique's only underwater national park. The pristine coral reefs are teeming with a diversity of tropical fish and turtles, making it a world-class snorkelling and scuba-diving destination without the crowds. Whales are also seasonal visitors to the Archipelago and dolphins can be seen all year round. Other popular water activities include dhow cruises, fishing and kite-surfing.
For your return journey fly back to Johannesburg and travel beyond with Airlink to other key leisure destinations.
WHERE TO STAY
Airlink connects you to Vilanculos with direct flights from Johannesburg. Flights from Nelspruit to Vilanculos resume on 2 July 2021. Flights are now open for sale.
Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel
With the emphasis on style and comfort, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel offers luxurious and personalised accommodation and a variety of activities.
Casa Rex boutique hotel is a world class holiday and honeymoon resort overlooking the crystal-clear Indian Ocean and Bazaruto Archipelago islands.
Vila Do Paraiso
Vila Do Paraiso is your springboard to unlimited adventure set in the tropical paradise of Vilanculos. Six Sea Facing pool villas set right on the beachfront. The Lodge is perfect for corporate group getaways, bespoke weddings and family holidays. Contact Vila Do Paraiso for an unforgettable holiday experience.
Odyssea Dive and Kitesurf
Odyssea organizes dive trips to the Bazaruto Archipelago for the sea lovers. Turtles, rays and sharks are the main guests of the pristine reefs. For the windy days, the flat and shallow water of the bay offers great condition to learn or improve your kitesurf skills.
Santorini Mozambique, fronted by its own stretch of beach, commands panoramic sea views. The luxurious lodge offers a variety of beach activities.
Tourism Corporation Africa
Tourism Corporation Africa is an iconic organisation offering the epitome of luxurious travel at the most authentic and beautiful safari camps, lodges and pristine private islands on the African continent. You will feel the soul and heart of Africa.
Overlooking one of the most beautiful and lively beaches in Vilanculos, Casa Babi is a Boutique Hotel with a real B&B atmosphere. All the rooms offer fantastic sea-views and great comfort, one step away from the beach.
Mozambique Horse Safari
Come and share in the epic adventures of Mozambique Horse Safari. Open your eyes to a different world, where you will ride the beaches on a sprightly bay, swim in turquoise seas and share in our amazing way of life.
A private and exclusive loge offering both a beach and bush experience. Ideally located on a peninsula in San Sebastian, Mozambique's remote Archipelago. Our luxury sea facing chalets are just a few steps away from the beach. Helicopter and private boat transfers can be arranged.
Vilanculos is on the Mozambican coast, with excellent snorkelling, diving and fishing, and the Bazaruto Archipelago beyond the bay. Horse riding on the beach, traditional dhow cruises, and 4x4 self-drives in Zinave National Park are fun day excursions.
What to do in Vilanculos
If you love diving, the ocean or are searching for a new experience on your trip to Vilanculos, Odyssea Dive is the place to be and the activity to partake in. Odyssea Dive is a dive centre that is located on the edge of the crystal-clear waters, with access to an abundance of sea life for you to view.
Mozambique Horse Safari
Journey along Vilanculos’ coastline, making your way up sand dunes and towards the Mozambiquan ocean. The best part is embarking on this journey on horseback! The Mozambique Horse Safari experience is a magical experience that you will remember for a long time.
Bush and Beach Safari - Airlink
Experience the ultimate African bush and beach safari with Airlink. Seek out the Big Five in the renowned Kruger National Park and discover the sandy beaches and sparkly waters of Mozambique.