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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 £3,339  per person
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Tripadvisor rating 81 Reviews
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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
81 Reviews 78% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 55
  • Very Good 10
  • Average 3
  • Poor 5
  • Terrible 8

What to Expect

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


Oct 21, 2019

The Vilanculos treasure

Exotic destination with crystal clear blue beaches. The food is fresh and out of this world delicious. We loved the island excursion to Pansy islands. The staff were not only friendly, but also very accommodating to make our stay a memorable experience.
Oct 11, 2019

Honeymoon in paradise

Bloemfontein, South Africa

We were greeted at the airport by the general manager, after a short boat trip over crystal clear water we arrived at the lodge and were greeted by friendly staff members who were singing and playing musical instruments. The staff were friendly, warm and extremely accommodating people. The venue is situated in a bay, with the most amazing sunsets. We watched these while sitting around a fire, sipping G&T’s every night. Rooms are clean, comfortable and luxurious, and equipped with mosquito nets, air conditioning and a ceiling fan which all came in handy. The beauty therapist at the spa gave some of the best massages I’ve had so far. The food for me was the high light of our trip: fresh, tasty and plentiful, Chef Roberto personalizes his dishes to your likes and requests. We had two excursions: snorkeling at Bazaruto Island and deep sea fishing. Both were extremely rewarding and worth every cent. We also had the opportunity to do some horse riding along the coast, which was also my first time riding a horse on a beach and an amazing experience. I would highly recommend this lodge. We will be back for our anniversaries to come.
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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 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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