Marlin Lodge (Benguerra
An African island refuge......where balmy, tropical
weather relaxes you, warm, azure waters refresh you and
peaceful tranquility renews you.
Marlin Lodge is situated on the south western shore of
Benguerra Island, second largest of the four main islands
that form the Bazaruto Archipelago off the Mozambican coast.
This luxury private island lodge offers 17 sea-facing suites
with direct access to the beach, a host of exhilarating
activities and delectable cuisine.
Marlin Lodge is located off the coast of Mozambique, a
20-minute boat excursion from the mainland town of
Vilanculos. There are three modes of travelling to
Flying by scheduled flight from OR Tambo International
Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa. Flights depart at 10:15
daily and arrive at Vilanculos at 12:30. Flights can be
booked online at www.travelnetafrica.com or through our head
Self-drive to Vilanculos, which is approximately 810 km
north of the capital city of Maputo.
We offer a secure
complimentary parking bay in Vilanculos.
Guests can opt
to charter a private plane through a selected company, or
fly with a privately owned aircraft.
We offer a minibus transfer from Vilanculos International
airport to the harbor, followed by a boat charter transfer
from Vilanculos Harbor to Marlin Lodge. Travel time is 20 -
30 minutes, depending on weather conditions.
Air transfers are available from Vilanculos to Marlin
Lodge at a separate costing, if the weather in Vilanculos is
not favorable for the booked boat transfer, guests will be
responsible for the difference in cost for the air transfer.
In order to keep the transfer costs reasonable, guests will
be transferred to and from Marlin Lodge at the
above-mentioned times, even if they arrive or depart on a
flight other than Pelican Air. This includes private
If guests are departing from Vilanculos before
approximately 13:30, they will be required to pay for a
private transfer, e.g. some LAM flights leave at 10:00 in
the morning and guests are required to check in at
We offer Marlin Lodge guests a private air-conditioned
lounge at Vilanculos International Airport with
refreshments, snacks and shower facilities while waiting for
departing flights. Guests coming to Marlin Lodge from other
local lodges or driving to Vilanculos - They will have to
meet our representatives at the airport lounge or at the
harbor at the above set times. Unless a private transfer is
pre-booked, guests will transfer at the above-mentioned
times. This can be booked, but is charged at a different
rate. Please enquire upon booking.
Hand built with Mozambican hardwood, reed-clad brick
walls and thatched 'jecca' roofs create a lodge that sits in
perfect harmony with its pristine natural surroundings. The
natural plant life is carefully preserved by elevated wooden
walkways that connect the 14 seascape Luxury Beach Chalets
and three Executive Beach Suites to the main areas.
Attention to detail, soft, inviting furnishings and colours
that reflect the lush island greenery and sparkling blue
ocean, complete the picture.
Guests can enjoy spacious accommodation, delectable food,
rejuvenating wellness treatments and exhilarating
explorations on land or under water. At Marlin Lodge you are
free to surrender to a nonchalant way of life. This is where
time slows down and lasting memories of unhurried bliss are
made. Rejuvenate and reawaken body and soul, and indulge in
mighty Africa's most beautiful island refuge!
Marlin Lodge offers a total of 14 Luxury Beach Suites,
each with a sea-view and only a few steps from the white
sands of Flamingo Bay beach. Each 60 m² Beach Suite has a 17
m² veranda, perfect for a private dinner or lunch for two,
or for watching a breathtaking Mozambican sunset. The Beach
Suites have practical yet sophisticated designer finishes,
including slated flooring, plastered surfaces and soft
Each Beach Suite features:
En suite bathroom, Shower
Roof fan, Air-conditioning,
Four-poster bed with mosquito netting
His and her basins
and vanity area, Inside & outside showers
bathroom (including shower facility)
Private veranda with deck chairs
Mini bar,2 lounges
Privacy and direct access to the beach
We accommodate a
maximum of 2 guests per Private Luxury Suite.
Executive Beach Suites:
These spacious suites have their own inimitable style...
resonating with Afro-chic elegance and refined furnishings.
Earthen creams and oceanic blues blend in perfect harmony
with the island’s ambience, while softly lapping waves and
palm-hushed breezes ensure a restful night’s sleep to soothe
The Executive Beach Suite's sheer size makes it unique.
With over 80 m² of floor space and a 30 m² veranda, this
suite is the perfect haven for the discerning visitor.
Similar to the Luxury Beach Suites, the interior has
sophisticated finishes such as slated flooring, plastered
surfaces and soft lighting.
A total of three Executive Beach Suites are available,
En suite bathroom, Open-plan bathroom (including shower)
Double basins, Private outside shower
King size four-poster
bed with mosquito netting
Mini bar, Coffee & tea making
2 seating lounges
Private veranda with
deck-chairs and hammock
Private walkway to the beach,
Maximum accommodation per Executive Beach Suite - 2 guests
Marlin Lodge is not just about beautiful beaches,
luxurious accommodation and azure waters – Marlin Lodge is
also about the life experience you have on an African
Island. At Marlin we are all for relaxation and taking things
slow, even cooking! We are avid supporters of the slow food
movement, and invite guests to experience this with us at
the lodge. Marlin Lodge’s kitchen boasts with both local and
international chefs who will give you a personal Mozambican
Chef Experience in three easy steps.
1. A guided tour with our Executive Head Chef of our very
own home grown vegetable and herb gardens where an array of
fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables are harvested and used in
most of our dishes.
2. One will be educated in the
various methods of bringing out the best possible flavors in
the chosen dish, as well as the most effective way of
33. Then moving to the kitchen to prepare
and cook a three course meal that will entice both friends
and family back home. We encourage our guests to request
recipes of their favorite Marlin cuisine whilst and be assured of best rates at
the lodge, as we want the Marlin Lodge experience to carry
on in their own homes. These hands on lessons are held on a
Tuesday and Friday every week at 11am and last about an hour
and a half.
Diving and Snorkeling:
The warm topical waters surrounding the Bazaruto
Archipelago are home to some of nature's finest marine life.
A spectacular variety of fish, coral, marine mammals and
plants wait to be explored by divers and snorkelers. Led by
a resident PADI qualified diving instructor, diving sites
and depths are varied along all levels of diving experience.
We also have an on-site diving centre with all the necessary
Water temperatures range from 28°C in summer (30°C
between December and February) to 22°C during the winter
months. The various dive sites can be reached with our 27-ft
catamaran Novacat, equipped to accommodate 8 divers and
their equipment. All dives take place at locations as
determined by Marlin Lodge's dive instructor.
Benguerra Island was originally named "Sao Antonio" by
Portuguese explorers and was later named "Benguerra" after a
local tribal chief. The island is approximately 11 km in
length and 5,5 km wide and lies 14 km offshore from the
mainland and the town of Vilanculos.
On the southern point of the Island you will find
casuarina trees planted by convicts from penal colonies
during Portuguese reign. The trees are not indigenous and
were planted to prevent erosion on the island. Cashew nut
trees are indigenous and found throughout the island. The
local residents harvest the nuts, and the toxic husk of the
nuts is used to brew an intoxicating liquor. The fruit of
wild orange trees contain a natural strychnine poison when
green and can only be eaten when ripe. Sisal plants are
plentiful and used in a manufactured form by the locals to
repair their fishing nets. Mlala palms are in abundance and
the leaves are used for weaving mats, baskets and hats. The
sap from the stem of the plant is also used to brew a potent
liquor. Coconut palms are harvested by the locals, who also
grow a small amount of sweet potatoes, paw-paws, onions and
For birding enthusiasts, approximately 78 different
species of birds have been identified in habitats varying
from the coastal dunes, open grasslands and fresh water
lakes, to savannah and acacia woodlands. A few of the more
unusual birds to be seen are the green coucals, green
pigeons, purple-banded and black sunbirds, lilac-breasted
rollers, olive bee-eaters, mannikins, paradise flycatchers,
fish eagles, flamingoes, starlings and various waders such
as curlews, bartailed godwits, whimbrels and crab plovers.
Animals to be seen are the plentiful red-tailed squirrels,
as well as suni and duiker, which have been reintroduced to
The Archipelago is a shell lover's haven. At North Point,
Pansy Island and on numerous surrounding sandbanks, the
famous pansy shell can be found in abundance. There are two
types of pansy shells, one of which is endemic to
Mozambique. The two freshwater lakes on the island are ideal
for bird watching and also home to indigenous crocodiles. A
guided island tour in a 9-seater Land Cruiser will take you
to both the northern and southern points. You can opt to
climb the Benguerra dune for a breathtaking view of the
The local way of travel for any Mozambican is done via
the colorful dhow, a traditional handmade craft used for
fishing and island travel. Marlin Lodge supports the local
island people by hiring these dhows and their experienced
crew, thereby introducing their culture to guests and
providing a livelihood to locals. Dhow sunset cruises around
Flamingo Bay in front of Marlin Lodge are extremely popular
and for guests who stay two nights or more, the dhow cruise
is a gift from Marlin Lodge.
Marlin Lodge's picnic trips give our guests the
opportunity to picnic on surrounding shell-speckled islands
and stroll along a number of pristine beaches. You have the
choice of a number of settings – with South Point, North
Point and Pansy Island being just a few of them.
Our chefs pack a scrumptious picnic basket filled with
small island delights, and a cooler packed with soft-dinks
and other selected beverages. A choice of a table and
umbrella, or blankets and pillows and an umbrella can be
included. Enjoy an afternoon of unspoilt privacy while
taking in the splendor of the island surroundings.
Benguerra Island is packed with adventure and one of the
many ways to discover our unique beaches, freshwater lakes
and island culture is a guided tour on horseback. Marlin
Lodge, in conjunction with our neighboring lodge, Benguerra
Lodge, offers guided tours to various locations around the
island. Spectacular views of the coast can be seen from
high-lying areas and the village can be explored on the way
to the dunes of South Point.
Experience levels range from the complete novice to
seasoned riders. Helmets and half chaps are provided for
your comfort and safety, and all rides are guided. For more
experienced riders, a canter along the beach is an
exhilarating experience. A total of ten horses are
available. A ride departing from Marlin Lodge, a tour of the
island, and return to Marlin Lodge is US$92 per person. A
ride from Benguerra Lodge or to Benguerra Lodge is US$102
per person as it includes a one-way vehicle trip (either to
or from Benguerra Lodge).
When the day is done and the sun is setting, surrender to
the resounding African splendor that is Marlin Lodge.
Rekindle your soul and allow yourself to be captivated by
the allure of a relaxed way of life. A timber sanctuary, a
paradise on stilts - Marlin Lodge promises definitive,
self-indulging repose like no other.
For those seeking restoration and reawakening, a visit to
the Beauty & Wellness Spa Centre will soothe the sun-basked
body and clear the mind. Marlin Lodge offers a small,
intimate wellness centre with an internationally qualified
therapist to look after all your wellness needs.
Our treatment menu offers a wide range of massages,
reflexology, aromatherapy, facials and hand and foot
treatments. We also provide helpful tips and suggestions in
our monthly newsletter.
Selecting a destination for the first romantic vacation
as a newly married couple is one of the more important
decisions in your life. Not only your wedding day, but each
day thereafter is a celebration of love and commitment.
Marlin Lodge is a proud favorite among honeymoon couples,
as we offer the utmost in luxury island lodgings and well
deserved privacy. The suites are stretched along the beach,
each with a private walkway and sea view.
Honeymooners special at Marlin Lodge: Stay for 5 nights
or more and the bride receives a 50% discount on the
accommodation rate. Normal Marlin Lodge per night inclusives
apply to the package, plus the honeymooning extras as below,
but it can not be combined with any other tempting offers.
Valid 10 January 2011 - 10 December 2011, marriage
Our carefully selected complimentary honeymooning extras
The African Bush Bath: A woven Ilala palm leaf enclosure,
decorated with an array of local island flowers, holds two
galvanized baths, which are filled with hot water and
scented bubbles. Here the couple can enjoy the view from the
veranda while soaking and enjoying a glass of chilled
sparkling wine and the chef’s choice of cheeses.
of sparkling wine: This can be enjoyed on the day of your
arrival, or served with the bush bath. A surprise couples
Accommodation Rates:- From $590 per person per night sharing. Please
contact us for a quote and suggested itinerary