A Heaven for Underwater Filmmakers & Drone Projects

April 29, 2018 | Howard Rickard

The BCSS image team has been surveying the Bazaruto Archipelago to find the best filming spots for filmakers and cinema.

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Imagine being in one of the most virgin coastlines of the world where very few people have placed even a foot on the sand of its coastline. This is the Bazaruto Archipelago remote areas and small islands, where turtles nest, sharks roam, and not even local islanders venture into the terrain. The combination of sand dunes and low forest ecosystems makes a unique view for a drone flight or a helicopter shooting.

The marine park offers a unique scenery in the whole of Africa, with tens of kilometers of sand banks that become tiny islands on the high tide with green-blue waters that are nowhere else seen. The very few existing aerial videos in the area show a unique contrast of colors and textures that are highly attractive for TV projects, magazines and cinema producers alike. Vegetation tries to touch the ocean but a narrow fringed beach with some scattered rocks prevents the connection. White beaches are dotted with shells and the occasional turtles that nest there as well as the graciously moving crabs that make holes and pockets in the sand.

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Under the surface waters of the ocean we find some of the healthiest coral reefs in the world teeming with such an amount of life only comparable to a rain forest. A little further into the pelagic waters packs of predators are patiently waiting for their prey to arrive, namely sharks, marlin, wahoo, and tuna. Even humpback whales enjoy Bazaruto and they stop nearby Benguerra Island with their calves on their annual migration. For those with patience, encounters with whale sharks and manta rays are also possible.

There are many untouched places in the world, but one thing is for sure, the Bazaruto Archipelago is one of the closest one to be a heaven.

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