Story: Hoang Phong

Stereotypical images of Africa tend to focus on arid deserts and vast savannahs, but a continent three times the size of Europe and home to 3,000 ethnicities and 2,000 languages is filled with so much more, with adventures for even the most avid globetrotter to discover.

Mozambique in southeast Africa that boasts a stunning coastline of fine white sand and the warm sapphire blue waters of the Indian Ocean, which rival those of tourist havens such as Maldives or Seychelles. There are new luxury resorts rising on the Bazaruto Archipelago, within a national park and marine reserve.

A marine reserve, Bazaruto is heaven for scuba divers and snorkelers, offering a full range of underwater terrains and aquatic creatures, from spectacular coral reefs that shelter swarms of flamboyant fish to white sand dunes wrapped in seaweed where 120 benign dugongs dwell.

Large-scale fishing in Bazaruto has been constrained since the 1970s. With just a mask and a snorkel, you can immerse yourselves in the underwater realm as schools of silvery fish swirl like a mercury tornado under the glazing sun. If you’re scuba-certified, you can search for giant sea turtles spanning meters in diameter that rest under coral reefs, or even bigger rays hiding beneath the sands.

 Recreational fishing is allowed, however, and is a favorite pastime for guests. Tourist income is meant to preserve the environment and bolster the local economy while visitors can revel in one-of-a-kind experiences: catching tuna, mackerel or even swordfish with their own hands right from the sea.