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About Vilanculos

Vilanculos is situated in Mozambique. As one of the best diving regions in the country, Vilanculos is popular for backpacking tours.

Vilanculos Budget Travel

Below is a list of Vilanculos's top activities, click on the link to view all details and tours.

Bazaruto Archipelago Dhow Safari

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Nearest Vilanculos airports include:
•Maputo International Airport
•Vilanculos Airport


The beautiful lush vegetation surrounding the beaches and the village provide a haven for a large range of Vilanculos birdlife including loerie, rain bird and Burchells coucal as well as large flocks of flamingo and other water birds. Bird watching is a popular pastime in this town, and offers some of Africa's most beautiful habitats in a relaxed island setting.


The protected and sheltered waters of the warm oceans offer the ideal Vilanculos conservation area, and a large number of species thrive in this protected habitat. Whales and dolphins can also be found in the Indian Ocean nearby, and large numbers of water birds can be found here.


Vilanculos malaria medication includes the following:
•Mefloquine (Lariam)
•Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone)


Vilanculous money and banking information is as follows:
•US Dollars and South African Rands are accepted to a degree
•Travelers cheques can be exchanged at some camps or in Maputo
•There are a number of ATMs, be careful when drawing cash
•Credit cards are accepted at some camps but not all
•Banking hours are Monday to Friday from 07h30 to 15h30


Vilanculos plants are lush and abundant, with thick vegetation and miombo woodlands lining the lagoon, which offers a rich habitat for an array of birdlife and insects. Palm trees are also common around the town and the beaches.

Safety Tips

•Vilanculos is a safe and peaceful destination offering a safe swimming and sailing area
•The crime rate is very low in the village, however it is always best to keep valuables safe and out of sight to avoid temptation
•Roads leading to the village are un-tarred and often full of potholes, especially in rainy season, so drive carefully
•Crime in nearby Maputo is increasing, so be careful when traveling between these two areas
•It is best not to walk around alone after dark, and travelers are not permitted to camp on the beach so make sure you follow these guidelines

Travel Books

Vilanculos travel books include the following:
•Mozambique: The Bradt Travel Guide 4th Edition by Philip Briggs and Mark Whittington
•Mozambique Travel Pack by New Holland Publishers
•Mozambique Travel Guide by Globetrotter
•Kalashnikovs and Zombie Cucumbers: Travels in Mozambique by Nick Middleton
•Mozambique 2008 Travel Map by Globetrotter


Like most of Mozambique, Vilanculos wildlife is not as prolific or large as other African countries - however the beautiful oceans contain a rich and abundant marine life. Vilanculos is ideal for whale and dolphin spotting, and the lagoon is home to a large number of colourful tropical fish which can be seen when diving or snorkelling in the clear waters.


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