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Santa Carolina Island Mozambique

Paradise Island - the tiniest of the five islands making up the Mozambique Bazaruto Archipelago. Enjoy a short 40-minute walk around the entire rocky isle (2 miles by 0.3 miles) to three beaches, deep channels and close coral reefs.

Tales of Prisoners and Wars

Legends and history whisper from the shores of Santa Carolina. Closest of all the Bazaruto Archipelago Islands to the mainland, Paradise Island was a prison colony during the Second World War and a small fort can still be seen.

Hedonistic Parties and Romance

And in its heyday, the old Hotel Santa Carolina was a party venue for honeymooners and other visitors. Wealthy Rhodesians and international celebrities partied on this tiny Mozambican paradise, indulging in the seafood, activities and landscapes.

Bob Dylan was Here

Legend has it that Bob Dylan composed his song “Mozambique” on the piano at this hotel. The 250 room hotel was build in 1962 by Portuguese businessman Joaquim Alves on the then Paradise Island.

Decadent Retreat Deserted

Paradise Island was the classic island retreat during the 1950s and 1960s when the hotel offered huge crayfish, fresh oysters and other wonderful seafood. During Mozambique’s independence unrest, the hotel was deserted by all staff, some at gunpoint.

Ruins Telling Tales

Now it is the ruins which attract day visitors from the other islands who can explore what once was a festive holiday venue. Day visitors also come to the island to spend a glorious time picnicking, snorkelling, fishing or just lying on one of the beaches.

The Heaviest Marlin Caught Here

Santa Carolina is an idyllic setting with its warm Indian Ocean waters, stunning coral reefs and awesome game fishing opportunities. Deep sea fishing has rewarded fishermen with the world’s heaviest marlin caught off these islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago. Divers still visit these waters to find the elusive Whale sharks.
The old Paradise Island has faded but the present Santa Carolina holds potential for new things. Part of a chain of incredibly beautiful islands, it will never be completely deserted.

Mozambique Travel Specialists