Dugong Beach

Travel to Vilanculos – Bustling Indian Ocean Village Resort

Located some 700 km north of Maputo in Mozambique’s Inhambane province, Vilanculos (Vilankulo) was little more than a sleepy fishing village in the late 1990’s. Since then, with the help of significant local investment and an international airport, it has grown into one of Mozambique’s most popular destinations for travellers.

With a paradise-like setting of palm-lined white sand beaches lapped by Indian Ocean waves, it is a place for both relaxation and water-based activity and fun. A range of accommodation offers budget Robinson Crusoe-style lodgings to stylish lodge accommodation worthy of any Indian Ocean holiday hideaways.

Visit Vilanculos to relax and unwind away from the chaos of everyday life. Fabulous sunrises over crystal-clear waters make this spot a firm favourite for honeymoon couples and romantics seeking an Indian Ocean retreat. Lazy days can be spent sunbathing or enjoying a range of water-based activities. A good local market offers fresh seafood and a chance to mix with the locals whilst a number of restaurants offer an enticing menu of seafood dishes.

The Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary offers a diverse eco-system of wilderness and wetland, with powder-white beaches and crystal clear water hosting a magnificent array of beautiful sea creatures such as the leatherback turtle, sailfish, manta ray, dolphin and flocks of flamingos and pelicans. Most importantly it is the only site in the world where the near-extinct dugong (which resembles a sea lion) is found.

There are numerous excursions available locally including Bangwe Island excursion, Margaruque Island excursion, Pansy Island / Two Mile Reef snorkelling or fishing trip, an ocean safari or surf and fly fishing, Cowry Point excursion, scenic helicopter flights, parasailing, sundowner cruises, dhow cruises, water skiing, windsurfing, beach walks, bird watching, kayaking.

This is one of Mozambique’s best beach holiday destinations – relaxing is what this place is all about!

Vilanculos can be reached by a good sealed road (700 km from Maputo) or by flight into its international airport. Daily flight services operate to several regional destinations including Johannesburg, Maputo, Swaziland and Durban.

  • Unwind and relax on a perfect powder-white beach fringed by exotic palm trees.
  • Explore the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary and search for leatherback turtle, sailfish, manta ray, dolphin and flocks of flamingos and pelicans.
  • Lovers of fresh seafood will delight in the choice available in Vilanculos.


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