Vilanculos (also spelled Vilankulo) is a small town on Mozambique's Indian Ocean coastline. While home to just over 24,000 people, Vilanculos is one of Mozambique's premier beach resort destinations. Known as a capital of water sports, Vilanculos is where you should try out scuba diving, game fishing, kite surfing, sailing, and much more. As the gateway to the gorgeous Bazaruto Archipelago, Vilanculos is an ideal destination for taking in some of the most gorgeous sea life on the planet.
The main airport serving Vilanculos is the Vilanculos Airport just south of the city. Thanks to a recent expansion, capacity at Vilanculos Airport has grown considerably, and catching a flight to Vilanculos is now very easy. You can sign up for Price Alerts from Skyscanner, which can help keep you informed about any drop-in airfare on some of the popular routes going to Vilanculos.
Flying to or from Vilanculos Airport
Vilanculos is a popular holiday spot for South Africans, so unsurprisingly the most popular route to and from Vilanculos Airport is with Johannesburg-OR Tambo. Currently, the airport is served by just two airlines: Airlink (which has a codeshare agreement with South African Airways) and LAM Mozambique Airlines. In addition to flights to and from Johannesburg, you can also catch flights to Nelspruit (also in South Africa) or to Maputo and Inhambane, both of which are in Mozambique.
Vilanculos Airport is located on the southern edge of Vilanculos. Getting to your hotel should take just ten to 15 minutes by car. The best way to get around is by car, either via taxi or by renting a car. There is a car rental desk in the main lobby of the airport right next to the check-in counters. Also, check with your hotel to see if they offer pickup services at the airport.
Vilanculos Airport is a tiny, but modern facility. While you won't find a lot in the way of amenities, the terminal building is at least clean and does offer basic services. There is a very small duty-free shop, and some souvenir stands. Having been refurbished in 2011, the building is now air conditioned and offers comfortable waiting areas. Note, however, that during South African holidays the airport can get quite crowded with holidaymakers, resulting in long lineups.
What to see and do in Vilanculos
Most people come to Vilanculos simply to relax and lounge on its beautiful beaches. Horse rides and helicopter flights are also quite popular, and as Vilanculos is considered a premier watersports destination, kite surfing, sailing, and game fishing are especially popular. Just offshore is the idyllic Bazaruto Archipelago, which is rich in marine life and boasts some gorgeous coral reefs. Visibility goes down to 40 metres, making the islands an unparalleled dive site. Above the waves, a not-to-miss experience is a dhow safari, which will take you on a tour of the islands over crystal-clear seas in a traditional dhow. As it's a popular resort destination, it's important to book your hotel in Vilanculos as far in advance as possible. Skyscanner can help you find a great place to stay, ranging from budget accommodations to five-star resorts.