With a spectacular coastline stretching over 2,500km (1,500 miles) most tourist developments are based around the pristine white sand beaches of the mainland and its numerous archipelagos, islands and coral reefs. Fed by warm ocean currents and having a rich diversity of marine life Mozambique is an absolute haven for snorkelling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing and of course, simply relaxing.
The idyllic islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago offer a range of lodges for the discerning traveller and have an amazing array of ocean mammals passing through their waters, like dolphins, seals, dugongs and humpback whales, not to mention other creatures like manta rays and turtles. Further north around Pemba the string of islands forming the Quirimbas also offer fantastic scuba and snorkelling opportunities with pristine coral reefs and great visibility.
While Mozambique is popular as a relaxing end to a safari in Southern Africa it does offer some safari options for the more adventurous with ongoing development of some of its National Parks. After years of civil war ended in the early 1990s some of the wildlife preserves, like Gorongoza National Park, are slowly returning to their former status of being some of the best parks in Southern Africa. While animal populations decimated by warfare are recovering, with the help of massive reintroductions, Gorongoza offers some fantastic bird watching and walking safaris.