Why we Love Dugong Beach Lodge

Secluded eco-sanctuary with three dimensions: the marine sanctuary, the wildlife sanctuary, and the Bazaruto Archipelago islands sanctuary.

Commitment to nature and all her beauty: game drives, boat safaris, island tours, snorkelling excursions, dawn birding walks and sunset cruises.

Only 14 chic private chalets right on the beach with private decks and ocean-estuary views where tides ebb and flow and birds call joyfully.

Perfect destination for intrepid explorers and active guests who want to go diving, fishing, kayaking and hiking – choose your sanctuary and your island and get out and do it!

Perfect destination for spa relaxation after hot days in sun and surf - try the full body massage to ease tension and reduce stress, promoting excellent sleep later on.

Award Winning Dugong Beach Lodge, Mozambique

(Opens mid 2024)

The award-winning Dugong Beach Lodge (which is named after the rare and near-extinct dugong), is found in the spectacular Vilanculos Coastal & Wildlife Sanctuary on the coast of Mozambique.

The Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary is the first privately managed specially protected National Park in Mozambique stretching over 30 000 hectares. Diverse sea, wetland and wilderness habitats harbor plentiful marine and land creatures. The nearly extinct dugong cruises the seabed with dolphins, leatherback turtles, sailfish, manta ray and large game fish including marlin and barracuda. Photograph spectacular flocks of flamingos and pelicans whilst on safari in the Vilanculos Sanctuary.

Dugong Lodge Vilanculos

Accommodation at Dugong Lodge Vilanculos

Accommodation at Dugong Beach Lodge is right on the beach. Part of the Legend Lodges stable it offers 14 luxuriously appointed, air-conditioned rooms with direct access to the beach via individual pathways.

Two of the rooms have their own private plunge pool whilst all of the rooms have a private deck furnished with day beds for ultimate relaxation and panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Romantic private dinners with majestic views of the star-studded skies can also be enjoyed under the secluded canopy.

Guests at Dugong Beach Lodge can cool off in an interflowing swimming pool or lounge around on sun loungers or hammocks.  The island-style bar with martini seats offers guests a wide selection of drinks that can be enjoyed whilst basking at the spectacular views of the ocean. A tasteful lounge offers TV monitor and DVD player while the restaurant specializes in fresh seafood and local Portuguese cuisine.

Sundowners or private dinners are popular under the gazebo at the end of the boardwalk jetty. Its a signature feature of Dugong Beach Lodge and a great place to end the day.

A marine sports center offers the following water sports: diving, snorkelling, kayaking, fishing and traditional dhow cruises.

For the more adventurous travelers to Dugong Lodge, take a Mozambique Island Excursion to Bangwe and Margaruque or try water skiing, windsurfing, parasailing and Hobie cat sailing. Sundowner cruises and ocean safaris may encounter whales breaching or dolphins diving.

Luxury Rooms at Dugong Beach Lodge

Dugong Beach Lodge accommodation comprises 14 luxuriously appointed, air-conditioned rooms with direct access to the powder white beach via private walkways. Two of the fourteen villas have a private plunge pool for guests to enjoy. All rooms at Dugong Lodge have twin beds or double beds with a luxurious en-suite bathroom. There’s also a stunning outdoor shower with great views over the Indian Ocean from your deck.

All Villas at Dugong Beach Lodge has private decks fitted with day beds. The prefect place to chill in the heat of the day or to enjoy a private dinner under the stars.

All rooms at Dugong Beach Lodge are equipped with:

Ceiling Fan, Air Conditioning, Mosquito Net, Mini Bar, Hairdryer, Mini Safe, Tea/Coffee Facilities and Mosquito Repellent.

Dugong Lodge Facilities

  • 12 Luxury Rooms
  • 2 Family Rooms
  • Private plunge pool
  • Private deck furnished
  • En-suite bathroom
  • An outdoor shower
  • Ceiling fan
  • Mosquito net
  • Minibar and tea/coffee station
  • Swimming pool

How to get to Dugong Beach Lodge Vilanculos

Dugong Beach Lodge is situated on the East-African Seaboard, on the coast of Mozambique within the boundaries of “The Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary”.

Their are daily flights to Vilanculos Airport from Johannesburg. You can find the exact schedules and prices here and more on our Vilanculos Travel Guide.

Boat transfers from Vilanculos International Airport to Dugong Beach Lodge take 30 – 40 minutes (depending on the tide) Guests should be advised that wading into the water (to about knee level) may be required, depending on the tide. Please ensure to keep this in mind and dress correctly on the day of travel (sandals and easy roll up pants or shorts are advised). As an alternative, guests can freshen up and change clothing once they get to Vilanculos. Breath taking scenery and the sighting different sea creatures can be enjoyed on the relaxing boat journey to the Lodge.

GPS coordinates for Dugong Beach Lodge

22° 00’58.85 , 35° 18’55.50