Dugong Beach Lodge

Dugong Beach Lodge

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79 Reviews
Guide Price £3,339 per person
Based on 09 April 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with South African Airways, staying for 7 nights full board in a Beach Chalet (2 adults sharing) including return transfers.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

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

  • Check-in Time:
  • Check-out Time:
  • 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
79 Reviews 78% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 53
  • Very Good 10
  • Average 3
  • Poor 5
  • Terrible 8

What to Expect

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  • Cleanliness


Jun 08, 2019

Honeymoon, without the honey

Lusaka, Zambia

From the word go, we had issues with Dugong. When we met the boat, our bags were dropped in the ocean. This was an accident, fair enough but unfortunately the bag which was really wet was the one with all our baby gear. My wife, my 14 month old son and myself were going there for our honeymoon. My wife, important to add was pregnant at the time. Once we were on the boat, we were told that we would be waiting there for other guests, for about an hour. I said this isn’t ok because my wife is pregnant and we have a baby with us. The skipper then pointed to a tree on the land and told us to wait there. Immediately on getting to that tree, we were told to get back to the boat because the other guests were delayed. We got on the way then which was great. When I was making the booking, I was particular about booking a cot. I was informed that one was reserved for us. When we went to the room, we discovered that there wasn’t a cot so we asked one of the staff to bring it. He returned with a stretcher bed. I explained why this wasn't suitable for a young baby and asked them to bring the cot. They returned with a box and some pillows. Long story short, he slept between us for the time we were there. We never wanted our son to sleep in our bed. I am an active sleeper. Many times, I awoke on top of him so I failed to sleep well there. The “sanctuary” that Dugong is based in is not quite what it seems. It’s full of “private houses" which are actually fully operational, high end lodges. You can hear machinery all over the area. Our room was unfortunately next to the place where all these lodges park their boats. Tractors and vehicles were moving in and out, constantly. Many people making a lot of noise too. I asked for a gin and tonic on my first night. Due to people coming in drinking from these “private houses" the bar at Dugong had ran out of tonic. I was told not to worry because a ‘re supply was coming the next day, along with our cot. It came with tonic but no cot and that same night I went to get a g&t, I was informed that they had now ran out of gin. Food, in my opinion was good. My wife didn't enjoying much though, apart from the breakfasts. They advertise non motorised activities such as sailing and fishing in the bay on their website which was part of the reason we booked to go there but found none of these activities are available. I emailed the man who handled our reservation and requested that we leave early. I didn’t mention a refund but none the less, they ignored me. I told the manager that we have a lot of constructive criticisms for them and we didn’t want to go on social media, rather just let them know directly. I told him verbally some of the issues we faced and he was apologetic and advised I take it up with head office. I have sent several emails to them bit to the day, not a single reply or acknowledgment. There were many other issues we faced there bit I’m not going to list them all out. You get the message. The Lodge itself, I am sure was once a great destination. I would love to go and take it on, it’s so beautiful. They are however charging far too much money for what they actually offer on the ground. This sanctuary is obviously a massive scam. I was pleased, on one of my walks to see an Olive Bee eater. Aside from that we found birding to be nothing special. I now owe my wife another, stress free honeymoon. Paramountly, I just can’t believe that we have been’s inexcusable to take a booking, lie about the facilities and then just close the door on your clients. These people, the “Legend group" have a lot to learn about hospitality
Sep 21, 2018


Calgary, Canada

I almost never write reviews, but after a week long nightmare staying at dugong lodge for ourhoneymoon, it is clear that it has been the WORST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE. Says air conditionig, but try to survive in 30+ weather when there is only one henerator that they randomly shut off to ‘give it a break’ as they say, no hot water. Once complained, no water at all for 12 hrs. Toilet seats cracked with mold on them, no tv access, (the one in the clubhouse doesnt work) . They ration water heavily, and downsized the daily amount, or pay big $. Charged for even asking for a glass at breakfast or lunch, Goway travel was the booking company, but PAUL TRAVEL WAS OUR AGENT. Despite bringing issues to attention, resort tried their best to reduce blackouts and provide more food, but after 7 days of worst sleeping ever, covered in insect bites (no screens on windows) , so durring blackouts room be omes unberrable . I feel sorry for the staff who do try their best to alleviate our concerns, but no refunds when we wanted to move is enough to NEVER RECOMMEND STAYING HERE, or using Paul Travel. If you wish to discard this honest rating, go ahead, but i assure you it will RUIN YOUR VACATION. Have i ever learned a hard lesson about using a travel agent called ‘Paul travel’ !
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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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