Dugong Lodge

Dugong Lodge

14 rooms
March to January

On the mainland, just 40 minutes by boat from Vilanculos town, Dugong Beach Lodge stands on a beautiful long isolated beach. Although this lodge isn't actually on one of the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago, it's often thought of as an alternative – hence we've included it in the same section. Dugong originally consisted of a handful of relatively simple tents, it was totally rebuilt after the cyclone in 2007, and reopened at the end of 2008 as a chic beach lodge with plenty of style and character.

Our view of Dugong Lodge

We thought that Dugong was a good option for those looking for a stylish yet unpretentious beach retreat. Its remote location makes it very quiet and peaceful and the strong management team goes out of their way to try and ensure that your stay is very comfortable. Dugong didn't appear quite as smoothly run as some of the operations on the islands but it is also quite a bit lower in cost – making it arguably very good value. Though the lack of a dive center on site makes this less convenient for very keen divers.

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