Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
This group of six islands off Mozambique’s southern coast are celebrated for having some of Africa’s best beaches and, protected under its Bazaruto Archipelago National Park status, for its bountiful marine life. The archipelago’s protection owes to the region’s abundance of manta rays, turtles, dolphins and sharks, a population of the endangered dugong and the whales and whale sharks that migrate through these channels each year. Mangrove, algae beds and thriving coral reef provide the habitat for these sea creatures. Stay at luxury resorts like andBeyond Benguerra Island and the soon to open properties Azura Marlin Beach and Kisawa Sanctuary to snorkel and dive in these waters, sail on a traditional dhow and explore on-board one of the resorts’ yachts.