Reel Fun: Fishing Adventures and Beach BBQs in Bazaruto

We hopped on the water taxis and zoomed across the stunning blue waters to Bazaruto. There were no cars here, just golf carts. The Bazaruto Archipelago is a group of six islands off the coast of southern Mozambique. They lie within Bazaruto National Park and are known for their white-sand beaches. Bazaruto, with sand dunes, is the largest island.

Arriving at the Anantara resort-style island, we felt like VIPs in our own tropical paradise. The only hotel on the Bazaruto Archipelago’s largest island, it’s like having our own private piece of heaven. And let’s not forget our friendly local companions, who were more than happy to chat about their fishing adventures in the dazzling mineral-rich waters. Apparently, the snorkelling and diving here are mind-blowing, but we decided to take our chances with deep-sea fishing instead.

Bright and early, Captain Fernandez and his mate whisked us away from the lodge at the crack of dawn. We bounced over the sea swells for a good 30 minutes before Captain Fernandez decided to unleash his fishing arsenal—7 rods for the 4 of us. Talk about optimism!

By 7:10 am, we figured it was time for a celebratory beer because, hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right? And wouldn’t you know it, just as we cracked open those cold ones, the fish decided to join the party. First up, Michael battled it out with a feisty King Mackerel, and guess who won? Spoiler alert: it wasn’t the fish.

Then, out of nowhere, a sailfish decided to crash the party, giving us a show with its spectacular acrobatics before slipping away. But fear not; we still managed to reel in two more King Mackerels and a Bonita tuna, leaving us grinning from ear to ear.

That evening, we feasted like kings on freshly caught tuna sashimi, followed by BBQ’d King Mackerel on the beach. It was a culinary adventure fit for royalty!

And just like that, we’re back on the road tomorrow, ready for whatever adventure comes our way!