Accommodation at Dugong Beach Lodge:
The lodge offers 14 luxuriously appointed, air-conditioned chalets with direct access to the beach via individual pathways.
Two of the chalets have a private plunge pool whilst all of the chalets have a private deck furnished with day beds for relaxation with panoramic ocean views. Romantic private dinners with majestic views of the star studded skies can also be enjoyed under the secluded canopy.
Due to the remoteness of Dugong Beach Lodge power is obtained from a combination of solar and generator power. The generator operates during the day until the afternoon and again from sunset until approximately half an hour after the last guest has gone to bed.
In room facilities at Dugong Beach Lodge:
- Ceiling Fan & Air Con
- Tea / Coffee station
- Mini Bar (Stocked on request)
- Hair Dryer
- Mosquito Net
- Outdoor Shower
- Private Sundeck
- Private Pool (only 2 luxury Chalets)
- Island Bar (Public Pool area)
- Free Wi-Fi (Public Areas)
- Swimming Pools
- Curio Shop/ Kiosk
- Dining Room/ Lounge Area
- Legend Spa & Wellness Centre
- Information and Security Desk
- Island Bar
Daily meals are served in the dining room and on the main deck in either buffet or à la carte style. Dugong Beach Lodge has a variety of other exclusive dining experiences available on request, including exciting picnic excursions to different nearby islands, as well as meals set up on the jetty overlooking the ocean. Beach picnics and dinners are also part of the tradition at Dugong, while those on romantic getaways are promised luxury and intimacy as each chalet has a private deck where dinners can be enjoyed.
On arrival at Vilanculos airport guests will be met by a member of the Dugong Team and transported to the beach for a 45-minute boat ride to the Sanctuary. 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. Breathtaking scenery and the sighting different sea creatures can be enjoyed on the relaxing boat journey to the Lodge.
Unique features and Activities
- Bangwe Island Excursion
- Water Skiing
- Magaruque Island Excursion
- Sundowner Cruise
- Ocean Safaris
- Nature Drives and Walks
- Hobie Cat
- Cowry Point Excursion
- Bird Watching
- Dhow Cruise
Scheduled boat transfers from Vilanculos to Dugong Beach Lodge or Vice Versa at USD 90 per person (one way).
All guests visiting the Lodge - situated in the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary - will be liable for a Conservation fee per person per stay. This cost is NOT included in the accommodation rate and is payable directly at the Lodge upon check out.
Please note that all Island Excursions exclude the Parks Fees.
Sundowner Dhow Cruise: After your drink requirements have been taken, the boat departs at 16h30 from the lodge and follows the channel south to Marape fishing village. Along the way you will see nature unfold and watch the sun set. The boat can accommodate up to eight guests.
Beach Walks: With the lodge situated in a 30,000 hectare sanctuary, feel free to discover the magnificent area. Please contact management on your departure and we will provide you with a radio for communication and a map to guide you on your venture.
Snorkelling: It is recommended that you snorkel in front of the lodge around the jetty during incoming tide or even better, at high tide. You will find gear that should fit your requirements on the deck to experience Dugongs fish tank.
Kayaking: Take a small boat and paddle away. This activity gives you an opportunity to venture after dolphins or head south to drift between the mangroves and enjoy the silence. For the more active, a long paddle north along the coast to Pelican Bay can be enjoyed.
Massage Treatments: Various massages options are offered to help you relax. A list of treatments is available at reception and needs to be booked 24 hours in advance.
Hobie Cat: As all sailors know, this is one of the easiest boats to sail. Hours of pleasure and great distances can be covered. You are required to stay in sight of the lodge and our skippers are qualified to take you out on a refresher course should you require.
Rates include 3 meals per day, 1 bottled water pp per day and non-motorized watersports. Actual rates are in USD, but rates are converted from USD to ZAR and may change due to exchange rate fluctuations.
Vilanculos is approximately 700km north of Maputo. Daily flights are available from OR Tambo International to Vilanculos. The trip from the Airport to the boat takes approximately 10 min and guests are transported in a 14-seater minibus. The boat transfer to Dugong Beach Lodge takes approximately 45 minutes. Transfers must be booked at the time of making a reservation and are charged separately.
VISA AND TAXES
International travellers should check visa requirements with their travel agent prior to departure.
South African residents no longer require a visa when visiting Mozambique. You will be liable for passenger tax, immigration tax and airport tax. Please confirm rate prior to departure. Ensure that you have the correct amounts in CASH either in US$ or ZAR.