Vilanculos Beach Lodge

Vilanculos Beach Lodge Accommodation

Vilanculos Beach Lodge is in the small coastal town of Vilanculos, in the subtropical province of Inhambane, Mozambique. Vilanculos is 720kms north of Maputo and 500kms south of Beira.

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 Archipelago offers some of the world’s best snorkeling, diving, and big game fishing. The islands are pristine in their natural beauty and diverse ecologies. The coral reefs are profuse with a diversity of tropical fish and turtles; among the most pristine in the Western Indian Ocean.

Dolphins are seen year-round and whales are seasonal visitors to the Archipelago. The park is also home to the last viable population of Dugong on the east African coast. There is an abundance of bird species; including the crab plover and olive bee-eater that tunnels its nest into the sand dunes. Large flocks of migrant waders visit the fertile mud flats; from September to April and the nomadic Greater Flamingo arrive around mid-October.

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Vilanculos Beach Lodge Accommodation Types

All chalets echo the tranquil colors of the beach and are superbly comfortable and well-appointed; with crisp white linen, duvets, and cozy woolen throws. Large glass doors and windows allow an abundance of natural light into the rooms; offering varied views from each chalet.

Luxury Chalets x 22

The Luxury Bungalows (32 m²) are privately appointed and constructed on ironwood stilts with thatch roofs and beautiful mahogany floors. There are 8 x stand-alone A units and 14 x adjoining B units.

All bungalows have en-suite bathrooms with showers, mosquito nets, room safes, coffee & tea facilities, bathrobes, a hairdryer, and amenities. They are also all air-conditioned for your comfort. The bungalows are amidst lush indigenous gardens with private balconies; most with sea views that offer exceptional views of the sunrise over the ocean; allowing guests to truly relax and soak up the idyllic atmosphere.

Bungalows can have 1 x king size bed or 2 x ¾ beds depending on guests’ requirements.

Infants / toddlers (0 to 36 months old) sharing with parents will not be billed for breakfast. Cots are available for infants at no additional charge.
Children from 2 to 5 years can share the Super King size bed with their parents for free with a supplementary breakfast charge. Please note additional beds cannot be added to the bungalows.

Vilanculos Accommodation
Bungalow interior

Family Suite x 1

The Suite (110 m²) is built on stilts; offering a superb view of the ocean and the islands in the distance. It has two en-suite rooms, a comfortable open plan lounge as well as; a spacious covered veranda which is perfect for those early morning cups of coffee or the late afternoon sundowners. The air-conditioned rooms are large and comfortably appointed with mosquito nets, a desk, armchairs, electronic safes, and coffee & tea facilities. The en-suite bathrooms boast an open shower, double vanity, toilet, bidet, and all amenities.

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Facilities including Spa ↓

The lodge is constructed from natural indigenous elements of thatch and local hardwood poles; which have been combined in perfect harmony with plaster walls, wood frame doors, and windows. The result is a relaxed yet elegant finish. The property extends right onto the beach and the lodge buildings are set back about 100m up the ridge; overlooking the sea.

The pool area has incredible, uninterrupted views of the azure blue ocean; as well as of the stunning Archipelago; while the spectacular infinity pool offers a welcome retreat from the heat of the day. The pool bar, overlooking the gardens, pool, and beach, offers a more relaxed atmosphere. A selection of drinks, shooters, and cocktails are available from this fully equipped bar.

The spacious restaurant offers the choice of dining indoors, or out on the patio. For true outdoor dining, the option of dining under the palm trees or next to the pool is available. Traditional Mozambican, Portuguese and international fare is served, and whenever possible, fresh, scrumptious seafood remains the recommended plate of the day.

Mozambique seafood dining at Vilanculos Beach Lodge
Mozambique seafood dining

Vilanculos Beach Lodge Stillwater Spa

Life can get busy and that means a lot of unwanted tension and stress. The spa is the perfect place to release all of that and reset your body to start fresh again.

The spa offers a variety of treatments including:

Hot Stones Massage
Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massages
After Sun Massages
Manicures and Pedicures
Waxing and Eyebrow Tinting

Activities available at Vilanculos Beach Lodge:

Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Big Game Fishing, Fly Fishing, Whale Watching (in season), Sunset and daytime cruises, Island Picnics, Sea Kayaking, A variety of water sports, including water skiing, wake-boarding, and tubing, Parasailing, Trips to the Market, Tours of the area, Horse and camel ride on the beach & Dhow Trips can be arranged through the lodge.

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Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Dive in the warm, subtropical waters of the Indian Ocean, in and around the Bazaruto Archipelago. Let the dive instructor, guide you around the pristine coral reefs which abound with more than 200 species of fish. As the reefs range from shallow to deep; they offer the diver an abundance of marine life with a huge diversity of both coral and fish life. In addition to most of the beautiful East Indian Ocean reef fish; you will have the privilege of seeing various species of Sharks, Whale sharks, Manta rays, Potato bass, Turtles, and Guitarfish; plus also various Rays and Eels. And for those extremely fortunate, a Humpback Whale during the months of July to October.

For the non-diver, there is always the opportunity to take a snorkeling trip to the amazing 2-mile reef. Here one may appreciate the beauty and colors of a coral reef and the abundant marine life it supports. Without even having to don scuba gear.

Mozambique diving
Snorkeling and diving in the Bazaruto Archipelago

Mozambique Fishing

Go fishing in and around the prolific waters of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Let one of the local skippers take you to the current fishing hot spot. Be it for game fishing, drop shotting, light tackle, or fly fishing. Fishing is excellent all year round. Especially for giant kingfish, king mackerel, yellowfin tuna, and barracuda. Dorado and Wahoo are found in the summer months.

October to February produces three species of Marlin, mainly Black, Blue, and Stripped. For the Sailfish enthusiast; the best months are May to July. Fly fishing is available from the shores of one of the idyllic islands, the sand flats around the Archipelago, or out at sea.

Charter boats are available for fishing trips

Bazaruto Fishing

Non-Motorized Water Sports

Non-motorized activities include sea kayaks, paddle skis, soccer, and beach volleyball. The sea is calm and shallow in front of the lodge and ideal for swimming and paddling. Vilankulos is also proving to be a popular kite surfing destination; particularly between the months of September and February. Comfortable loungers, large thatched umbrellas, and waiter service guarantee complete relaxation on the beach. Alternatively; a day can be spent next to the swimming pool, soaking up the sun and enjoying the tranquil gardens.

Island Hopping

Various packages allow mind-boggling options of adventure, sport, and recreation to suit your requirements. Enjoy an idyllic picnic on the pristine beaches of a deserted island, where calm indigo waters stretch to the horizon.

Horse Riding

The breeze on your skin and the ocean at your side. This is a wonderful experience and of course; you also have the option of a swim ride with your horse.

Whale watching

Whale watching excursions are seasonal and take place from the months of July to October.

Village and Market Tour

Experience village life with a guided tour. This includes a visit to town, a school, the market, and also a lunch at a local homestead.

Mozambique Curio Shopping

Getting There

Vilanculos Beach Lodge is just 8km from the airport on the tarred road. The lodge arranges transfers to and from the airport.

Vilankulo hosts an international airport with flights departing to/from Maputo and Johannesburg on a daily basis. Both SA Airlink and LAM operate these flights. There are also flights from KMIA (Nelspruit) to Vilankulos. This makes it easy to combine a safari in Kruger National Park and a beach honeymoon at Vilanculos Beach Lodge.

The roads to Vilankulo are acceptable and tarred, but look out for potholes on the route. A 4×4 is not a necessity. We do not suggest traveling at night in Mozambique. Fuel is readily available, but it is suggested to fill up when possible.

Vilanculos Beach Lodge Room Rates

Vilanculos Beach Lodge is very popular with South Africans and also international visitors, due to its reasonable rates


Per Bungalow or Suite:
Double Bungalow US$310
Single Bungalow $205

Per Family Suite:
2 x double beds: $685
1 x double bed, and 1 single: $580
2 x Single: $480

Rates are quoted per room per night in USD. They are inclusive of accommodation, breakfast, filter coffee and teas, and return airport road transfers. There is limited WIFI throughout the lodge. Stand-up paddle boards and kayaks are available to in-house guests free of charge.

A minimum stay of 5 nights over peak periods apply

Vilanculos Beach Lodge Accommodation Special Offers

Special Offers are valid from 6th January until 14th December in 2024.

Vilanculos Beach Lodge Honeymoon Package

With its beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise water, and as a backdrop the amazing Bazaruto Archipelago, Vilanculos Beach Lodge is the perfect honeymoon destination. It is passionate about making your honeymoon a memorable one. Enjoy long walks on the beach, lazing with cocktails at the infinity pool, and delicious meals. And; above all else outstanding personalized service.

Honeymoon offer:
In celebration of your love we wish to pamper you with:
A complimentary night’s accommodation – a minimum stay of 3 nights
Welcome drinks
Return airport transfers
15-minute ‘jet lag’ massage
Romantic dinner Set-up | Romantic Breakfast Set-up
Local taxes
Limited WiFi
Special handmade couples’ gift to remember us by
Non-motorized water sports


A minimum stay of 5 nights, to qualify for 1 x comp night stay
The above honeymoon gifts PLUS:
A complimentary dhow sunset cruise (Subject to weather conditions)
Complimentary bottle of bubbly with a romantic dinner set up
His & Hers 15-minute Jet-lag massage.

For both honeymoon offers, a marriage certificate is required upon check-in

Stay 4, Pay 3

Book a 4 night stay at Vilanculos Beach Lodge and only pay for 3! This includes:
Welcome drinks
Return airport transfers
15-minute ‘jet lag’ massage
Local Taxes
Limited WiFi
Breakfast Daily
Non-motorized watersports

Or stay for 5 nights and not only will you get the free night but also a free dhow sunset cruise. Subject to weather conditions

No Promotions are applicable from 15th December until 5th January of each year
We are not able to combine two promotions at Vilanculos Beach Lodge.


Mozambique beach wedding at Vilanculos Beach Lodge
Beach Wedding

Let us turn your dream wedding into a reality. Please note only mock ceremonies and renewal of vows can take place in Mozambique if you are a non-resident. Therefore you can do the legalities at home and we will arrange your wedding celebration at the resort.

Vilanculos Beach Lodge
Vilanculos Beach Lodge
Bairro 19 de Outubro
Vilanculos Mozambique

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