Dugong Beach Lodge
Discover paradise on the East African seaboard.
The award-winning Dugong Beach Lodge is situated along the Southern Mozambique Coast, within 30 000 hectares of pristine marine and wildlife territory, in the Vilanculos Coastal & Wildlife Sanctuary.
The lodge offers 14 luxuriously appointed, air-conditioned chalets with direct access to the beach via individual pathways.
Two of the chalets have a private plunge pool whilst all of the chalets have a private deck furnished with day beds for relaxation with panoramic ocean views. Romantic private dinners with majestic views of the star studded skies can also be enjoyed under the secluded canopy.
- Ceiling fan & air-con
- Tea / coffee station
- Mini bar (Stocked on request)
- Hair dryer
- Mosquito net
- Outdoor shower
- Private sundeck
- Private pool (only 2 luxury chalets)
- Island bar (Public pool area)
- Free Wi-Fi (Public areas)
- Swimming pools
- Curio shop/ kiosk
- Dining room / lounge area
- Legend Spa & Wellness Centre
- Information and security desk
Due to the remoteness of Dugong Beach Lodge, power is obtained from a combination of solar and generator power. The generator operates during the day until the afternoon and again from sunset until approximately half an hour after the last guest has gone to bed.
On arrival at Vilanculos airport guests will be met by a member of the Dugong Team and transported to the beach for a 45-minute boat ride to the Sanctuary. Guests should be advised that wading into the water (to about knee level) may be required, depending on the tide. Please ensure to keep this in mind and dress correctly on the day of travel (sandals and easy roll up pants or shorts are advised). As an alternative, guests can freshen up and change clothing once they get to Vilanculos. Breathtaking scenery and the sighting different sea creatures can be enjoyed on the relaxing boat journey to the Lodge.
Daily meals are served in the dining room and on the main deck in either buffet or à la carte style. Dugong Beach Lodge has a variety of other exclusive dining experiences available on request, including exciting picnic excursions to different nearby islands, as well as meals set up on the jetty overlooking the ocean. Beach picnics and dinners are also part of the tradition at Dugong, while those on romantic getaways are promised luxury and intimacy as each chalet has a private deck where dinners can be enjoyed.
Sundowner Dhow Cruise
After your drink requirements have been taken, the boat departs at 16h30 from the lodge and follows the channel south to Marape fishing village. Along the way you will see nature unfold and watch the sun set. The boat can accommodate up to eight guests.
With the lodge situated in a 30,000 hectare sanctuary, feel free to discover the magnificent area. Please contact management on your departure and we will provide you with a radio for communication and a map to guide you on your venture.
It is recommended that you snorkel in front of the lodge around the jetty during incoming tide or even better, at high tide. You will find gear that should fit your requirements on the deck to experience Dugong’s “fish tank”.
Take a small boat and paddle away. This activity gives you an opportunity to venture after dolphins or head south to drift between the mangroves and enjoy the silence. For the more active, a long paddle north along the coast to Pelican Bay can be enjoyed.
Various massages options are offered to help you relax. A list of treatments is available at reception and needs to be booked 24 hours in advance.
As all sailors know, this is one of the easiest boats to sail. Hours of pleasure and great distances can be covered. You are required to stay in sight of the lodge and our skippers are qualified to take you out on a refresher course should you require.
Off-Site / Day Trips
The boat can be hired for island excursions. You will be provided with an experienced skipper who knows the tricky channels and destinations.
Deep Sea Fishing
A half hour trip will take you to the fishing grounds in the deep blue, where there is an excellent chance of landing the fish of your dreams. Try your angling hand at many different species of game fish including Wahoo, Darado, Yellow Fin Tuna, King and Queen Mackerel as well as billfish (Sail fish and Black Marlin). The boat can accommodate up to four anglers.
If you would like to see the bottom of the ocean and experience the marine life up close and personal, this activity is for you. If you are lucky you might be able to get up close to the nearly extinct “Atlantic Dugong (which resembles a sea lion). A diving license is required to partake in this activity as well as 24 hours prior notice.
Visit to local fishing village
Experience a true Mozambique Fishing Village and see the variety of fish caught by the local fishermen.
Distance from O.R.Tambo Airport - 2 hour flight.
Distance from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport - 1 hour 30 min flight.
Chartered flights can be arranged directly into Dugong Beach Lodge.
Latitude: 22° 00’58.85 S
Longitude: 35° 18’55.50 E
Length: 780 meters (hardened calcrete) Flat.
Elevation: 25ft below sea level
Boat transfers from Vilanculos International Airport to Dugong Beach Lodge take 30 – 40 minutes (depending on the tide). Guests should be advised that wading into the water (to about knee level) may be required, depending on the tide. Please ensure to keep this in mind and dress correctly on the day of travel (sandals and easy roll up pants or shorts are advised). As an alternative, guests can freshen up and change clothing once they get to Vilanculos. Breath taking scenery and the sighting different sea creatures can be enjoyed on the relaxing boat journey to the lodge.
- airport transfers
- beach (absolutely on the beach)
- heaters in unit
- restaurant onsite
- spa facilities