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Vilanculos Beach Lodge is situated in the small coastal town of Vilankulo. The town, with friendly people and a lively atmosphere, offers the perfect base from which to explore the picturesque Bazaruto Archipelago and the Bazaruto National Park.

The lodge is constructed from natural indigenous elements of thatch and local hardwood which have been combined in perfect harmony with plaster walls and wood frame windows and doors. The result is  relaxed yet stylish accommodation. 

The lodge has 22 Double Luxury Bungalows all en-suite  with showers, mosquito nets, room safes, coffee & tea facilities and amenities, they are also all air conditioned for your for your comfort. The bungalows are set amidst lush indigenous gardens with balconies- most with sea view which offer exceptional views of the sun rise over the ocean-allowing guests to truly relax and soak up the idyllic atmosphere.

The lodge also offers  1 presidential suite which is built on stilts and offers superb views of the ocean and the islands in the distance. It has two en-suite bedrooms, a comfortable open plan lounge as well as a spacious covered veranda which is perfect for those early morning cups of coffee or late afternoon sundowners.  The pool area has incredible uninterrupted views of the azure blue ocean  as well as the stunning Archipelago, whilst the infinity pool offers a welcome retreat from the heat of the day.

The restaurant offers traditional Mozambican, Portuguese and International cuisine all prepared by the hotel’s passionate kitchen team.





Luxury Double Bungalows and one Presidential Suite



Open Season

Open year round

Wildlife & Birdlife

The Big Five of the seas are whale shark, dolphins, whale, manta ray and turtles and you can see them all in southern Mozambique.

Whale sharks are the main draw, the planet’s biggest fish and one of its rarest: only 1,000 remain, 300 of them off Mozambique. These 12m beasts look like sharks, eat like whales and go as fast as an underwater bus.

They are spotted swimming slowly near the surface along the break line at midmorning. Your guide from the lodge can often move the boat near where you can get in and have a snorkel with the gentle giants.

These leviathans evolved more than 60 million years ago, and snorkelling with one is the marine equivalent of walking with a dinosaur.

Dolphins are common in the areas:

Spinner dolphin: these are the acrobats of the sea and get their name from the jumping, spinning and flips they do. They tend to be spotted when they are on the move and will often come to play at the bow of the boat. But as soon as the boat drops speed, they lose interest and move off.

Bottlenose dolphin: these are more engaging and will at times interact with people snorkeling. Look for fins breaking the surface and riding the surf.

Humpback dolphin: these are the shyest of the species we see and can be found mixed in with bottlenose or seen as solitary individuals. The most common sighting of these dolphins are in the bay on the journey out to the reefs.

Humpback whales: also abound in season (August to November) and are seen travelling in small groups and will often have a playful calf in the tow.

Graceful mantas can be spotted by their white undersides as they turn back flips under the surface and at times are even spotted leaping from the surface. Other rays are sighted lying on the sandy bottom or cruising along in small groups.

Turtles abound in the area and you may sight any of the four species in the area on a given day: Hawksbill, Green, Loggerhead and Leatherback.