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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.

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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.


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

Manyikeni Ruins

Manyikeni Ruins

Manyikeni is popular among tourists due to the cultural nature of its history, specifically archeological history. The Manyikeni Ruins are built with mortarless stone walls and holds an iron gong – both present materials commonly existing in past Mozambique. If you are searching for a historical location to do some learning, Manyikeni Ruins is calling.

  • Odyssea Dive

    Odyssea Dive

    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

    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.