Dugong Beach Lodge

A Slice of Paradise

Perched at the far end of an attractive, long stretch of white sand beach on a peninsula just south of Vilanculos is the serene Dugong Beach Lodge. The peninsula has been declared a wildlife sanctuary whilst the impossibly clear sea waters are part of the Bazaruto Marine National Park making is area flush with wildlife and sea life including turtles, manta ray, dolphins and the close to extension Atlantic dugong, plus numerous species of birds, fish and corals.

Dugong Beach Lodge, a simply beautiful resort mixes relaxation and peacefulness with activeness and tradition. Laze by the pool sipping an ice cold beverage whilst enjoying the warm African sun or enjoying a meal from either the buffet or A la Carte menu. Feeling adventurous try windsurfing, kayaking or scuba diving. Dhow cruises (a traditional sailing boat) are a superb way to see the coastline and watch the sunset. The 14 luxurious chalets each offer air-conditioning, direct access to the beach and their own private deck with secluded canopy for privacy and evening dining. 

Direct flights from Johannesburg and Kruger National Park fly into Vilanculos taking 1 hour 40 minutes and 50 minutes respectively. From Vilanculos a boat transfer takes you the rest of the way. This is a great way to start your trip and may even spot dolphins and turtles.

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Hotel highlights

  • Situated in a Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Surrounding Waters part of a Marine National Park
  • Just 14 chalets
  • Sea View from all chalets

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 14 rooms
  • Transfer duration: 45 minute boat journey from Vilanculos
  • Minimum age: 12

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Outdoor pool
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Boutique
  • Lodge

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Dugong Beach Lodge

  • Beach
  • 45 minute boat journey from Vilanculos
85 Reviews 78% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 58
  • Very Good 11
  • Average 3
  • Poor 6
  • Terrible 8

What to Expect

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  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Jan 28, 2020

A magical week in a magical place

What a magical place to spend a week or more... From the pick up at the airport, the room by the beach, the food, the hospitality, the horses, everything was above expectations. Madri and Wimpie, Manager of the lodge and Manager of the stables, took very good care of me and made my week more than magical. I experienced local life going on horseback rides in the bushes, encountering zebras, eland, gnou! and meeting local people (especially amazing children). We swam with horses, and this was a beautiful experience... The staff at the lodge is the most reliable and nicest people. Always a smile, always a nice word. The lodge itself is such a precious place. It is peaceful and beautiful. Grateful for such an incredible week.
Jan 21, 2020

Holiday in paradise

Beckenham, United Kingdom

From the moment we met Madri at the airport, our holiday really began. We were blown away by the location of the beach lodge. Our welcome was so special as we docked outside. We felt very welcome!! The lodge is a real paradise. Beautifully kept, quality furnishings and has everything you need. Even a little library, board games and chess which my children enjoyed. The accommodation is beautiful. The rooms are first class. Lovely shower, comfy beds with mosquito nets. Gorgeous views of the beach. The small spa is lovely and treated myself to 2 massages which was bliss! The pool is lovely and there was floats and snorkels for the children. My youngest also appreciated the sandpit. The food was amazing and I can’t believe there was such choice given the location. The chef was superb and even made a cake for my son’s birthday. The bar by the pool was great and stocked well. The staff were simply amazing. So proud and truly looked after us. So friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We went on the fishing village excursion which was beautiful and lovely to see local people. My husband and son also swam with the horses which again was magical. Unforgettable. The kids enjoyed the banana boat rides! I particularly enjoyed the boat trip to a nearby island. On our last night we had a special dinner with the most amazing fresh fish and lobster. Such a treat. Watching the stars and sunset (the lodge is west facing!) - what more could you want. We felt totally refreshed and so lucky to find this special place. Thank you! Hope to see you again.
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Dugong Beach Lodge


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Boat hire

Hire a boat with an experienced skipper for the day who knows the area well and will take you to the best places. If you are more independant, hire a smaller boat and sail it yourself.

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Activities on offer

Dugong Beach Lodge has a selection of activities that can be booked and paid for locally,including:· - Bangwe Island Excursion - Water Skiing - Margaruque Island Excursion -Windsurfing· Sundowner Cruise - Ocean Safaris -Nature Drives & Walks - Hobie Cat - Cowry Point Excursion - Parasailing· Bird Watching - Diving - Snorkelling - Kayaking - Dhow Cruise - Fishing

Dugong Beach Lodge

Room Types

Beach Chalets

The Beach Lodge offers 14luxuriously appointed, air-conditioned chalets with direct access to the beach via individual walkways with two of the chalets havinga private plunge pool. Each chalet has a private deck furnished with day beds for relaxation or wellness treatments and where private dinners can be enjoyed.

All rooms are equipped with the following:
- Ceiling fan
- Air conditioning
- Mosquito net and repellent
- Mini bar
- Hairdryer
- Mini safe
- Tea and coffee facilities

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