This morning you can enjoy diving and snorkeling just off the island. You will often spot the resident pod of common or humpback dolphins. While on a dive you may encounter devil rays or sting rays gliding along the sea bottom, while leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles are all found here. White-tip, black-tip, grey reef or giant sleeping sharks are also frequently encountered along the reefs.
A rare marine mammal related to the manatee, the dugong is undoubtedly the most endangered animal found in the waters off Benguerra. Hunted by humans for thousands of years, they have also become vulnerable due to habitat loss and many populations are close to extinction. Typically occurring in wide, shallow protected areas such as bays, the largest numbers of dugong in Africa are believed to live off the Bazaruto Archipelago. While the animal’s semi-nomadic nature makes it even more notoriously difficult to see, Benguerra is a haven for Africa’s only herds of this elusive animal. Often considered the inspiration for tales of mermaids spun by ancient marines, references to the mysterious dugong are found in various legends around the world. In the evening you will once again enjoy a tranquil sunset dhow cruise.