Vilanculos (Vilankulo) is the Mozambican capital of water sports. It's a popular beach resort area with accommodation from economy to 5 star barefoot luxury. The gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique's only underwater national park. The dry season is from March to November with temperatures around 15 to 23 degrees. Bring a sweater for the evenings, The "rainy season" can be hot with temperatures ranging between 23 and 34 degrees.
Vilanculos takes its name from a local tribal chieftain, Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke. During the colonial period, the Portuguese changed the name to Vilaculos because the locals here do not normally use K in their everyday language. Over the last ten years or so, the town has experienced economic progression with a number of investors coming in particularly to contribute to tourism development for the town.
It is estimated that as of the year 2010, the town had a population of twenty-four thousand four hundred and thirty-three.