Paradise Island, also known as Santa Carolina, is the only completely deserted island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, boasting with an old abandoned hotel dating back to the early 1950’s. It is said that Elton John and many famous artists came here in it’s hay day to find inspiration for their works. Bob Dylan wrote his song ‘Mozambique’ in the restaurant of the hotel a few decades back.
It is evident why this island is so affectionately called ‘Paradise’ by locals and tourists alike: visitors can step back in time, explore a time gone by and feel as if they are in their own Robinson Crusoe adventure film while walking on the vast stretches of white beach encircling the island itself.
The reefs surrounding Santa Carolina offer some of the best snorkelling in the Bazaruto Archipelago, both off the boat and directly from the shore. As the tide pushes in around the shores of the island, it brings with it many amazing turtles playing in the currents.
After some snorkelling and island exploring, a freshly cooked lunch on open fire is served in a catered shady spot and guests can relax, enjoying the last rays of afternoon sun on the palm lined beaches before heading home.
Cost: 130.00 USD$ PER PERSON (children 10y and under receive a 50% discount)
Includes: National park fees, snorkeling equipment, shade on the beach, chairs & table, soft drinks, lunch (fruit & snacks, fresh fish, rice, salad, homemade sauce, fresh bread).