Smugglers is situated in Vilanculos (opposite the dhow harbour) and offers comfortable, clean mid-range accommodation in a refreshing oasis of palm trees and lush gardens. They have 12 rooms – 10 twin bed rooms, with shared ablutions and two, double en-suite rooms. Each room has mosquito nets and fans. A laundry service is available and safe, secure parking is offered. The three swimming pools (one kiddies pool) provide family entertainment and relaxing sun tanning.

Smugglers Sports Bar (open 10:00-14:00 daily) and Restaurant (open 08:00-21:30 daily) is a great place to relax and unwind. The weekly pool competitions test the skills of all levels of players. Weekly volleyball matches also provide lots of fun!

Currency accepted – US$, South African Rand and Mozambican Meticais.


  • Vilanculos is a stepping-stone to the three main islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago: Bazaruto, Benguerra and Magaruque;
  • Traditional dhow trips are a definite must for the perfect Mozambique experience. (Island day or overnight trips are offered);
  • Scuba diving and snorkelling (two mile reef is one of the best dive sites in Southern Africa); and
  • Deep-sea fishing… and much more.
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