Taking a bite of the bait, Azura Benguerra, February 2017
On a recent diving trip at Azura Benguerra Island in Mozambique, Jason, The Retreat Manager caught an exciting and rare activity of small fish, tuna and sharks on camera. For the first few minutes the guests and staff on the boat were looking down into the water from inside the boat, not sure of the commotion that was going on underwater, then Jason like any inquisitive marine lover, decided to do some investigation. He put on his snorkeling glasses and jumped into the water to have a look. To his surprise he saw a bait ball of small fish being attacked by tuna, a very rare and yet phenomenal sighting. A few minutes later while he was still capturing everything on camera, he saw a school of shark heading towards the bait ball. They were massive bull sharks and he caught this on camera too before rushing back to the boat.
The magnificent ocean surrounding Azura Benguerra, lays claim to some of the most spectacular sea life in Africa and is considered a diver’s paradise, which made the setting for this chance encounter even more spectacular.
Azura Benguerra, Rainbow Kids Christmas Party, December 2016
Have a look at this cute video of the Azura Benguerra Rainbow Fund kids Christmas party. Their smiley faces will make you smile. They enjoyed a day full of fun activities, singing and dancing with our guests and staff. And what would a Christmas party be without food and gifts from Santa?
Whaleshark visits guests at Azura Quilalea, 17 October 2016
Guests at Azura Quilalea Private Island went on an Ocean Safari around the island in hope to see dolphins and some turtles but they got more than what they hoped for when they were paid a surprise visit by a very friendly 6m baby Whaleshark. They snorkelled with it for a while and it followed them right up to the boat.
Annular Solar Eclipse - Azura Quilalea, September 2017
The Annular Solar Eclipse made for a spectacular show yesterday as our guests and staff gathered to witness and admire nature showing off in this event only happening again in 84 years!
At Azura Quilalea in Mozambique the eclipse’s peak was visible as a “ring of fire” encircling the black Moon, and it could be seen using viewing glasses, homemade camera obscuras and covering camera lenses, it was also observed in the very strange and beautiful shadows cast on the beach around the island. Azura Quilalea was in the centre of the moons shadow and we had Astronomy Expert Johan Strydom to excite our guests.
Azura Selous in Tanzania was not directly aligned to the moons shadow, however the partial solar eclipse could be seen from there due to the fantastic location we have. Our guests and staff observed while listening to the hippo echoes from the Ruaha River
Imagine turtles hatching under your feet -Azura Quilalea May
Our guests were all enjoying Pomegranate G&T's at the Beach Bar tonight, when one of the ladies squealed - something was wriggling on her toes in the sand.......as they all looked down, they noticed more wriggling in the sand around the beach bar - to their amazement, little turtle hatchlings were everywhere, all around, scampering in all directions. They had hatched on the beach and quickly became disoriented by the lights. Everybody got to work collecting miniature wriggly turtles and taking them down to the water. Once all the hatchlings were safely dispatched out into the open ocean, our guests sat down for a romantic dinner on the beach - still buzzing from the experience of a lifetime at Azura Quilalea Private Island
International Childrens Day at Azura Benguerra
For International Children’s Day on 01 June 2016 the Rainbow Fund children on Benguerra Island enjoyed traditional games and lunch organised by the Azura team. The Azura Team together with the Azura guests also donated clothes to the children and community on the Island.
Trevor Noah ending 2015 in style, at Azura Quilalea
We had the pleasure of hosting The Daily Show Host, Trevor Noah and his friends at Azura Quilalea Private Island. They enjoyed their stay and spend their days here diving, fishing, kayaking and even indulged in some much needed massages. The highlight of their stay was the baobab bath which was set up on their villa deck.
Just hatched! Azura Quilalea, August 2015
First one, then two, then six baby turtles in the shallows this morning - just hatched at Azura Quilalea Private Island!
Humpback Whales just in at Azura Quilalea! July 2015
These first sightings of the season were captured just a few meters away from the Island. We should have them around for the next 3 months and we are so excited. We absolutely love this season!
LATEST NEWS: New Beach Villa opening at Azura Benguerra
We have a new Beach Villa opening in August 2015, with the same breathtaking beachfront location as all the villas at Azura Benguerra. This luxurious entry level villa is perfect for honeymooners or a couple looking to enjoy some quality time, with their own space. It offers all the creature comforts that Azura is known for; it features a beachside private sala, private undercover deck and private pool surrounded by beautiful trees overlooking the beach.
Another successful fishing day with our guests
Our Sports Manager at Azura Benguerra and our guests enjoyed a half day fishing and it proved to be a fantastic morning out on the ocean. The day started a bit rough but it only took about 15 minutes for us to get on the fish with 2 X skipjack tuna in the hatch in no time. We carried on catching skipjack until we could find the Yellowfin Tuna. After a while we found them and they gave us some fantastic fights. We ended up boating 3 of 8Kg, 12 KG and a 15KG fish. We lost 5 Yellowfin Tuna that day with one estimated to be in the 30KG class. We ended off the day trying to catch a shark with a skipjack and we pulled tight on one only for the shark to absolutely annihilate our leader and he got away! A great day out on the water!
Azura Quilalea, March 2015
Our Sports Manager at Azura Quilalea sent us a normal day's events in pictures. A beautiful shot of the group out on a dhow cruise; Abdul going for a GT (a successful catch and release) ;Fish Eagle going out as Tristan and the team go in, "looks like he was watching where the fish were hanging out", said Tristan ;and a breath-taking image of the sea with no wind, "almost looks like glass", he commented again
"Gym In A Bag" at Azura Benguerra
There is definitely no need to worry about missing your gym routine anymore when on holiday with us. We have now introduced “GYM IN A BAG” at the villas at Azura Benguerra and yes we know you will love it as much as much as we do. The gym in a bag consists of a yoga mat, small weights and resistant bands. We have so many lovely spaces around the villas where you can use the gym equipment; from inside the villa to the lovely deck next to the pool, or the sundeck where you will have the beautiful views to the beach side for more fresh air.
Diving at Azura Quilalea
This is a photo of one of the hawksbill turtle that is often seen on the house reef at Azura Quilalea. They are so friendly on the dives that often they join us for a few minutes on the dive, swimming around everyone almost as if they are looking at the dive gear and trying to figure out how they could get a tank and regulator onto their back.
One of our guests got their hands cleaned by the cleaner shrimp on the house reef. Very fascinating to watch. Our guests also had the most amazing experience during one of the dives, when they saw a beautiful green turtle sleeping on the mushroom coral and they were able to swim right up to him. It must have had a long night. There were also loads of ribbon eels and blue spotted sting rays.
Fishing at Azura Quilalea, December 2014
Our guests at Azura Quilalea enjoyed fishing during their Decmber holidays. They made some big catches. The young guests were so excited with their big catch, and took some amazing pictures with the Giant Trevallies before safely releasing them.
Azura Quilalea, November 2014
Yes it is that time of the year again in Mozambique. Turtles are already beginning to come ashore to nest. A precious moment of a turtle after nesting was caught on video at Azura Quilalea. Click here to view video.
Azura Benguerra, October 2014
We are in for a very exciting season. Azura Benguerra had their first Marlin Charters of the season and they proved to be very eventful. On their first day they fished the shallow areas looking for Marlin, they saw a school of tuna boiling in the distance and started making their way for them to catch some live bait when bang, a beautiful marlin was jumping out of the water with our Kona in his mouth, they fought this fish for about 15 minutes before it sadly got taken by a shark.
The next day saw the team catching Tuna left right and centre with the biggest of the day being 22KG, unfortunately no marlin were seen on this day. On the last day, the team went purely after live bait and with many bait balls around it wasn’t soon before they had their first live bait of the day rigged up and in the water. What followed was a day of chaos and frustration with their first live bait getting taken by a shark within a couple of minutes.
They then decided to fish deeper and clearly their persistence had paid off when they had a beautiful marlin of around 400lb take the live bait from just behind the engines, as they started to fight though they had realised that our friend in the grey suit had found them again and had taken their marlin… AGAIN!!!! The water looks to be warming up and if the last 3 days are anything to go by we are in for an exciting season!
Azura Selous, October 2014
Fishing at Azura Selous keeps on getting much interesting. The younger guests were very successful with their fishing, pulling out a number of Tiger Fish, one of them measuring a whopping 4,5Kg.
Azura Benguerra, July 2014
July started off a little bit windy but as soon as the cold front passed us by and the wind died down we were greeted with beautiful diving conditions. The water has been a comfortable 24C and for the most part it has been beautifully clean with visibility ranging from 15 to 25 meters. We had an incredible rare occurrence on our first dive with our new Go Pro when a Dugong swam right up to us to say hello!! We were busy with an Advanced Open Water course with 2 brothers from Switzerland and we all just enjoyed the moment. We ended up with about 90 seconds of incredible rare footage of this graceful mammal! As soon as the movie is complete we will send a copy through for everyone to see.
Furthermore we have had some incredible sightings of sharks and turtles with a very brief sightings of a humpback whale swimming past. One of our guests is seen on the image above hard at work bringing in his Marlin for the picture, he had to release it again afterwards though as we have a catch and release policy at Azura.
If these are all signs of what to expect for this winter it’s going to be a fantastic time to be exploring the reefs of the Bazaruto Archipelago.
Azura Quilalea, June 2014
In the past month guests have been catching large king mackerel, the largest being 21kg. A few tuna here and there have been caught and even a dogtooth tuna. Our guest Sarah managed to land a nice size GT recently. And then of course the whales will be here soon and that means that the wahoo will be showing up as well. Guest Graham was the lucky one to have the first catch of a sailfish of the season, It was a real surprise since he and his guests were actually going for Tuna and hooked into 3 sail fish of which they landed this one. This was the very first fish that he has caught, not a bad start.
The water around Quilalea has been super clean the past 2 weeks. Even the snorkelers are able to see down to 20meters. We have had loads of turtles all over the house reef which is located right in front of the main beach. Almost every dive we have seen at least two Green and Hawksbill turtles. We have discovered on one of the dive sites called Casino Royale that there are a large number of Green turtles, with no less than 5 on any given dive, and can highly recommend including a dive here during a stay at Azura Quilalea.