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Basaruto Island Mozambique Cruise Port Guide


As cruise ships are not able to dock here you will be tendered ashore.

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It is the largest in the Bazaruto Archipelago, with towering dunes and large inland lakes frequented by many water birds. The area is well known as one of the best spots for catching marlin, kingfish, and other large game fish. The island has a hundred-year-old lighthouse on the northern point, which serves as a signal to the many ships which pass by the channel up the east coast of Africa.

The archipelago's coral reefs and clear waters offer some of the best diving in the world, dive sites are uncrowded and marine life is varied and abundant. With sites at a depth of 12 to 30m and visibility up to 40m you will discover protected reefs teeming with dolphin, hump back whales, whale sharks, sharks, manta and spotted eagle rays, green and turtles.

Tours Excursions Transportation:

Between the islands boats are the only option, on the islands walking is the way to go.

Nearby Places:

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The currency of Mozambique is the Metical (plural: Meticais, pronounced 'meta-caysh', abbreviation: Mts.). Prices are often given verbally with the thousands dropped, e.g., Mts 150,000 would be 'one hundred fifty'. In all towns you will find cash dispensers (ATMs) which accept all major credit cards.

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Official language Portuguese. Most educated Mozambicans speak English.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Most businesses and shops are open between 14h00 and 18h00 on Mondays and 08h30 and 13h00 and 15h00 and 18h30 on other weekdays and Saturday. Shops and businesses are closed on Sundays.

01 January - New Year's Day
03 February - Heroes Day
07 April - Women's Day
01 May - Workers Day
25 May - Africa Day
25 June - Independence Day
07 September - Victory Day
25 September - Armed Forces Day
19 October - Samora Machel Day
10 November - Maputo Day (In Maputo only)
25 December - Family Day (Christmas Day)

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