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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Guide Price

 £3,339  per person
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Tripadvisor rating 87 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

  • 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

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Dugong Beach Lodge

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

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 59
  • Very Good 11
  • Average 3
  • Poor 6
  • Terrible 8

What to Expect

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


Mar 14, 2020

Not Polished Perfection, just Paradise

Katy, Texas

If, to you, exclusivity is comercialised consumer luxury, then this may not be the place for you. However if you want to experience serenity, relaxation and peace in a wonderfully secluded, safe location with both beach and wildlife at your doorstep, all the while being pampered by a wonderful group of people, then this is your place. Winpie is on hand right from the airport to guide you and encourage you to take part in any activity which might appeal. Not all are free, but all are worth it. The guided bushwalks (free) are amazing and highly recommended, as is the dhow sundowner cruise (not free). In the lodge you are totally spoiled and pampered both by front of house staff (special mention to Arturo, Alfonso, Samuel and Henriques) and those behind the scenes. Roberto's cooking is delicious. Do your research however! You'll be staying in a nature reserve on a remote island off a remote town in a remote country in Africa - It's powered by generator which cannot be run 24/7. There is every attempt to make you comfortable whilst the power is down ( 11pm -6am and 9.30ish am - 6pm). Enjoy being disconnected - it's so freeing and relaxing. Bring bug spray and suncream, take non powered entertainment (a book folks! There is a book exchange onsite) Don't expect hot and cold running champagne - while every effort is made to cater to your wants, it's not always possible to provide. Your every need is catered to, just not perhaps all your first world wants. To sum up, staying at the Dugong is an absolutely fantastic experience, the word that springs to mind is paradise. Absolutely unforgettable, for all the right reasons!
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.
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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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