Dugong Beach Lodge

Dugong Beach Lodge

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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.

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

Hotel Features

Hotel Category


Location Type

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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
Location Highlights

Dugong Beach Lodge

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

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 49
  • Very Good 9
  • Average 3
  • Poor 3
  • Terrible 7

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Dec 06, 2017

Quiet and natural place

Hong Kong, China

Lovely Remote Place with Lovely staff and good Food. The a/c is unfortunately not Running 24h but you get used to warm Nights. Water activities are amazing but Extremely costy so that you rather share them. Also be aware of the mosquitoes. Warm People and Beauty of Nature and Fauna are Most striking !!
Oct 08, 2017

Highly recommended

Basel, Switzerland

We spent a fantastic and very relaxing week at Dugong Beach Lodge. The location is stunning, the staff (Afonso, Henriques, João and colleagues) who work under the competent management of Ernesto are very friendly and helpful and the food prepared by the chef Roberto is simply delicious. One week wasn't enough to do all the activities on offer, but we thoroughly enjoyed what we managed to fit in: snorkelling by the lodge and on Two Mile Reef, diving, kayaking in mangroves, birding and a fishing trip with sightings of several pods of humpback whales, dolphins and turtles. We highly recommend Dugong Beach Lodge!
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Dugong Beach Lodge


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 independent, hire a smaller boat and sail it yourself.

Dugong Beach Lodge

Room Types

Beach Chalets

The Beach Lodge offers 14 luxuriously appointed, air-conditioned chalets with direct access to the beach via individual walkways with two of the chalets having a 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.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

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