Dugong Beach Lodge Vilanculos

Vilanculos Coastal & Wildlife Sanctuary

Dugong Beach Lodge Vilanculos is an award-winning lodge situated along the Southern Mozambique Coast, within 30 000 hectares of pristine marine and wildlife territory, in the Vilanculos Coastal & Wildlife Sanctuary. As the first privately managed specially protected National Park in Mozambique, the diverse eco-system of wilderness and wetland is bound to mesmerize. The lodge boasts 14 luxuriously appointed chalets, powder white beaches and crystal clear water, providing a barefoot luxury experience like no other.

Daily flights are available from O.R.Tambo International, Johannesburg, South Africa to Vilanculos, Mozambique. The trip from the Vilanculos Airport to the transfer boat takes approximately ten minutes and guests are transported on a safari vehicle. The boat transfer to Dugong takes approximately 45 minutes on crystal clear blue waters.

Dugong accommodation


The lodge offers 14 luxuriously appointed, air-conditioned chalets with direct access to the beach via individual pathways. Rooms have ceiling fans, mini-bar stocked on request, safe, private sundecks, mosquito nets, coffee/tea station.

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.

Dugong facilities



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.

Incentive Breakaways

Corporate meets beach within this remote location. Dugong Beach Lodge is the perfect venue for small incentive or executive breakaways. Boardroom style arrangements can be made for more formal meetings – you may, however, be distracted by the picturesque view!

Swimming Pool

Guests can cool off in an interflowing swimming pool or lounge around on any of the comfortable sunbathing loungers and hammock. The island-style bar with martini seats offers guests a wide selection of drinks that can be enjoyed whilst basking at the spectacular views of the ocean. Two of the chalets have a private plunge pool.

Main Deck & Jetty

Dugong Beach Lodge embraces all kinds of island-style relaxation. The magnificent main deck is accompanied by a jetty that takes you out over the water and lets you experience the tranquility of this hidden sub-tropical paradise. Both areas are ideal for sundowner cocktails.

Lounge Area

The lounge is located in a central open-air space that provides guests with a comfortable area in which to unwind, at any time of day. The elegantly decorated lounge can be closed with sliding glass doors to provide a warmer atmosphere for those cool evenings. Guests can absorb the amazing view of the ocean, while reading a book from the selection provided in our library. Individuals seeking entertainment can choose to relax in front of the television with an array of DVDs or decide to play one of the board games provided.

Free WiFi
Curio Shop / Kiosk
Dining room

Dugong activities



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.

Beach Walks: 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.

Snorkelling: 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”.

Kayaking: 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.

Massage Treatments: 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.

Hobie Cat: 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.

Nature Drive in the Sanctuary
The wildlife in the sanctuary includes Livingstone’s Eland, Blue Wildebeest, Plains Zebra, Giraffe, Nyala, Red Duiker, Steenbok and Grey Duiker. The large flocks of Flamingos and Pelicans are a sight to behold and all of these animals live in harmony in this conservation paradise.

Dugong location

Off Site Activities – Day trips from Dugong

Island Excursions: 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.

Diving: 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.


1 November 2021 – 31 January 2022
1 July 2022 – 31 December 2022
FULL BOARD – 3 meals per day, bottled water and non-motorized activities  
Luxury Room USD PP
per person sharing  $   560,00
single room  $   840,00
Children 3-11 yrs  $   280,00
Executive room  
per person sharing  $   590,00
single room  $   885,00
Children 3-11 yrs  $   295,00
1 February 2022– 30 June 2022
FULL BOARD – 3 meals per day, bottled water and non-motorized activities  
Luxury Room  
per person sharing  $   504,00
single room  $   756,00
Children 3-11 yrs  $   252,00
Executive room  
per person sharing  $   531,00
single room  $   796,50
Children 3-11 yrs  $   265,50
ACTIVITIES (Prices subject to change) USD
Bangwe Island Excursion – 4 hours per boat  $   500,00
Half Day Fishing – 4 hours per boat (max 8 anglers)  $   500,00
King Point – 5 hours per boat  $   625,00
Full Day Fishing – 8 hours per boat (max 8 anglers)  $1 000,00
Margaruque Island Excursion – 5 Hours per boat  $   625,00
Diving – Available through Preferred Supplier  SQ
Two Mile Reef Snorkel – (8 hours) per boat  $1 000,00
Transfer from Dugong to Bazaruto Island per boat  $1 150,00
Ocean Safari or Surf & Fly Fishing – (5 hours. Supply own fly-fishing equipment) – per boat  $1 000,00
Swimming with Horses – 1 Hour per person  $      40,00
Boat Hire – per day (max 8 hours)  $1 000,00
2 boats available: 1 x 28-seater and 1 x 8-seater  
Swimming with Horses – 2 Hours per person  $      60,00
Nature Drive including World’s View per person  $      60,00
Horse Riding – 2 Hours and Swimming with horses per person  $      85,00
Sundowner Dhow Cruise (excludes beverages) per person  $      60,00
Horse Riding – Full Day Luxury Package  SQ
Legend Spa: 45 Min Back, Neck, Shoulder & Scalp Massage per person  $      50,00
Legend Spa: 60 Min Full Body Massage per person  $      60,00
Legend Spa: 30 Min Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage per person  $      30,00
Legend Spa: 60 Min Deep Tissue Massage per person  $      70,00
Legend Spa: 30 Min African Head Massage per person  $      30,00
Legend Spa: 30 Min Foot Relaxation Therapy per person  $      30,00


BOAT TRANSFERS Scheduled road and boat transfers from Vilanculos Airport to Dugong Beach Lodge or Vice Versa – US$ 90 Per Person; 2- 10+ Pax (one way)
FLIGHTS • Flights between OR Tambo and Vilanculos are operated by Airlink and LAM
• Border Tax applicable on arrival in Vilanculos to be paid in cash to the Border Control
CONSERVATION FEES All guests visiting the Lodge – situated in the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary – will be liable for a Conservation Fee of US$ 15 per person, per stay. This cost is NOT included in the accommodation rate and is payable directly at the Lodge upon check-out.
PARK FEES Please note that all Island Excursions exclude the Parks Fee of US$ 35 per person when entering Bazaruto Archipelago Park
STANDARD VALUE ADDS • Complimentary Welcome Drink
• 1 Bottle of water per day
• Non-motorised Water Sports
HONEYMOONER VALUE ADDS (Regardless of number of nights)
• Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine
• Romantic private dinner
• Romantic turndown
(Marriage certificate may be requested when booking honeymoon packages)
Complimentary return boat transfer
Stay 4 Nights:
Complimentary return boat transfer
Bottle of wine per room per stay
Stay 6 Nights:
Complimentary return boat transfer,
Dhow Sundowner cruise,
Guided Trails (2hours) and Nature drive,
1 Private dinner according to lodge’s program
Bottle of wine per room per stay
LODGE ACCOMMODATION Total 14 Air-Conditioned Rooms
• 10 Luxury Rooms, each with a private deck, en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower
• 4 Executive Rooms – 2 adjacent individual en-suite bedrooms share one private plunge pool
LODGE FACILITIES • Sea Facing rooms with private deck and direct beach access
• Lounge/Dining room on sun deck with ocean view
• Bathrooms overlook private courtyard with outdoor shower
• Jetty with access to snorkel area
• Interflowing swimming pools and island bar
• Curio shop
• Kayaking
• Walking Trails
• Beach Walks
• Bird Watching
• Cycling
CHILDREN • Children 2 years and under stay free
• Child Rate applies when sharing a room with 2 Adults (Children 3yrs -11yrs)
• Children 12yrs and up are charged adult rates
• Maximum 2 children sharing a room with 2 adults”
MALARIA • Please consult your doctor regarding Malaria medication

Subject to Availability. Terms & Conditions Apply. E&OE.