The Dune Walking Trail is easily accessible from the lodge that will give you magnificent views of the beach and the lodge. The trail starts at Vista Mar. On the dunes you will immediately notice the shade cloth barriers. Machangulo Beach Lodge is working very hard to rehabilitate the storm damaged dune to our south, these barriers are designed to protect plants from the wind and we hope to re-establish the lush forests on the dunes. There are many other beaches, dunes and forests to explore in the area. Please chat to the activities staff should you require any information.
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Santa Maria Village Tour
This is a great opportunity to experience local living by visiting the small village of Santa Maria. Almost all of the staff here at the lodge are from Santa Maria. Machangulo Beach Lodge is committed to the improvement of the quality of life of our local community and the stimulation of local business. We work closely with our staff members in the community and we would love for you to visit Santa Maria and show your support too. Lunch and purchases at Santa Maria Village are best done in Meticais. We also suggest that you enjoy a scrumptious lunch at Bemugi’s Place, a great restaurant run by our longtime manager, Bemugi Shoshaka. The restaurant is on the way to Santa Maria and can be a stop on the way to or back from town.
Inhaca & Portuguese Islands Excursions
Inhaca Island provides a wide array of activities to choose from. This delightful island is home to only one village, aptly named Inhaca Village where many shops and restaurants can be found. The island has more of a tourist feel to it and has more people than the Machangulo Area. Trips to the island are organised with third parties that operate there but a member of the Machangulo Team will accompany all activities to the Island.
Inhaca Village Tour
Take the boat from Machangulo Beach Lodge to the Inhaca Village. The boat journey takes about 20 minutes and is well sheltered from the waves. Take a stroll on the beach to the village with your guide and explore the areas. The village is home to many little shops, a little market and Lucas’s Restaurant, a great place to enjoy local food and drink.
(Please remember to take cash in Meticais for this).
USD 50 pp, Minimum of 2 persons, 2 hours.
Portuguese Island Picnic
This tiny deserted island is located to the north of Inhaca Island. These beaches are beautiful and quiet and the perfect place to relax and have a picnic. USD 15 per person/Minimum of 2 persons, 2 hours.
Maputo Tour: Tour of the main historical and cultural sites of Maputo:
Railway Station; Central Market; Municipal Town Building; Samora Machel Memorials; Iron House; Natural History Museum; Fort; Polana Hotel; The Saturday Bazaar or Arts & Crafts Fair (Saturdays only). This tour is usually arranged upon your departure from the lodge, weather and tide dependent. These tours are often best to do before check in or after you check out from Machangulo Beach Lodge. It is an excellent way to spend a couple of hours while waiting for a boat or a flight. USD 70 per person. Please enquire about availability, booking is essential.
Maputo Special Reserve Excursion – 4 x 4
The reserve is 77,400 hectares (191,000 acres) in extent and was originally proclaimed in 1932. The reserve will eventually form part of the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area, which includes national parks from South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland. At the moment it forms part of the Usuthu-Tembe-Futi Transfrontier Conservation Area. The park is home to 350 African Elephants, birds (Kingfisher, Fish Eagle and many more), zebra (if you are lucky), large and small antelope, Nile Crocodile and Hippopotamus. You will be transported to the 4×4 at the PontaTorres Parking area where Bemugi one of the representatives of the lodge will take you to the Maputo Special Elephant Reserve. A packed lunch and drinks are provided, please be sure the activities staff knows what your preferences are. Rates are USD 200 per person for a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 4 guests. (Full day excursion – duration 7 to 8 hours) USD 200 per person, minimum of 2 persons maximum 4 persons.
Santa Maria Bay and Estuaries Kayak Exploration
The estuaries and bay between Inhaca Island and Santa Maria Village provide endless hours of fun and exploration. Take a kayak to discover the mangrove forests or go searching for amazing photographic opportunities. The choice is yours. From birdlife and turtles to flying fish and local sailing boats. The bay is an amazing eco system, teeming with life.
Rates are USD 35 per person, minimum 2 persons for 2 hours.
(Activity time is tidal dependent)
Santa Maria Bay and Estuaries Dhow Cruise
The estuaries and bay between Inhaca Island and Santa Maria Village can also be explored by Dhow. A romantic sail around the bay with a traditional hand built wooden Dhow.
Rates are USD20 per person, minimum 2 persons for 2 hours. (Activity subject to Dhow availability)
This trip can also be taken as a Sunset Cruise! (Activity subject to tides & weather conditions)
Machangulo Beach Lodge is situated in the midst of many world class fishing locations. The area provides opportunities to target a large number of species. Machangulo Beach Lodge’s long time manager now operates his own fishing carter business in the area and we support Bemugi in his new endeavor. As such our fishing trips are booked with Bemugi’s fishing carters and is subject to availability and weather. Please let our staff know if you’re like to go fishing so they can make the arrangements with Bemugi. All tackle and equipment is included and the payment for this activity can be included on you bill here at the lodge.
Full day (6 hours USD 600) and Half Day (4 Hours USD 400). Minimum of 1 person, maximum of 6 persons. Minimum of 4 hours. The lodge will pack your food and drinks, be sure to let us know what you prefer to drink during your trip.
Please note that all lost or broken tackle will be charged for.
The Marine reserves surrounding the Machangulo Peninsula provides some excellent diving. Off the beaten track diving at its best. With ample options for advanced divers, it is the ideal location for those looking for a unique and unexplored diving experience. For the complete novice, we offer a full selection of diving courses. Here are some highlights of what we offer.
Refresher – (Suggested if you haven’t dived within the last 6 months but compulsory if you haven’t been diving in the last 12 months) USD 50 Per Person.
This short course covers a quick test of basic dive theory allowing you to feel proficient in the use of recreational dive tables, emergency procedures, proper pre-dive checks and ascent/descent procedures, underwater communications, and the theory behind equalization and buoyancy. After completion of the theory, it is into the pool to practice equipment set up and disassembly, alternate air source use, controlled emergency swimming ascents, low-pressure inflator detachment and oral inflation, buddy checks, ascent and descent procedures, compass use and navigation.
Discover SCUBA Diving – (12 years +)
While not an actual SCUBA certification, during the Discover SCUBA Diving experience you’ll learn how to use SCUBA equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. The course typically takes half a day, including theory, pool session and an open water SCUBA dive (which will count towards a SCUBA Diver or Open Water Diver certification in the reserve). USD 100 Per Person.
Open Water Diver –(12 years +)
This 4-5 day course is the world’s most popular SCUBA course, and consists of three main phases: Knowledge Development to understand basic principles of SCUBA diving, Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills, and Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore! If you’ve tried diving through a Discover SCUBA Diving experience, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification. Upon completion, you will receive full PADI Open Water Diver certification. USD 550 Per Person.
Advanced Open Water Diver –(12 years +)
The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your SCUBA skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of our PADI Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities. You will complete five adventure dives that introduce you to: underwater navigation, deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 metres/ 60-100 feet), boat diving, drift diving, AWARE – Fish Identification, underwater naturalist. Each Adventure Dive in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver course. In order to complete this course, you must be a PADI Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another training organization). USD 300 Per Person.
Reef and Shore dives
If you are an up-to-date diver and have your relevant qualifications with you, we have several different dive sites that can be visited while you are staying with us.
Santa Maria Peninsula – USD 35 pp
Diving in the marine reserve is a wonderful dive, with depths not exceeding 12 meters. Situated in the Inhaca Marine Reserve, there are beautiful juvenile reef fish and a turtle or two residents there, as well as schools of larger predatory fish that move into the area on the incoming tides. Rate includes Marine reserve fees.
Ray Alley – USD 60 pp
Situated behind the surf-line from the point, this dive ranges from 3.5 meters to 6 meters. There are lots of coral blocks, humpback snappers, electric rays, and sometimes even eagle rays.
Baixa Santa Maria – USD 60 pp
Average time: 2 hours – Advanced Open Water Divers only. This reef has a large cave with spotted snappers inside it. There is also a good chance of seeing some sharks. This is a deeper dive with depths down to 30 meters.
Baixa Danea – USD 90 pp
Average time: 3 hours. This dive will give you a good opportunity to see lots of green turtles, some ragged tooth sharks, large schools of fusiliers and trigger fish. A vast reef with amazing coral life. Great option for a double dive. Graham’s Spot – USD 80 pp Average time: 2 hours. This reef gives you a great chance of seeing large schools of spotted grunters, fusiliers and surgeon fish. There are other reefs that are accessible from time to time and can be discussed with the diving staff. FYI – Baixa means “lower” in Portuguese and is the word used for REEF. So Baixa Santa Maria = Santa Maria Reef. . .
Double tank upgrade – +USD 25 per person per dive
Upgrade any dive to a double tanker and add 25USD per dive to your dive.
- All dives courses are subject to availability to be booked at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.
- All water based activities are subject to tidal and weather conditions and are only presented at the discretion of the Dive Master or Lodge Manager.
Inhaca Island Snorkelling Picnic – USD 45 Per Person, Snorkelling only USD 25 Per Person. Minimum of 2 persons, 3 hours.
Our most popular activity!
The Inhaca Island Marine reserve has 2 km of pristine snorkelling and the Picnic Snorkel on the island is HIGHLY recommended, one of our favourite activities.
During neap tide days (please check tides at the activities centre) there is also great snorkelling right in front of the lodge. The use of the snorkelling gear for this is free…
Spa & Wellness
Machangulo Beach Lodge’s Spa offers a great selection of relaxing treatments that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. A wide variety of massages, wraps, skin care treatments and more. Please see our Spa Menu or have a chat to our Spa therapist for more information.
Choose your secluded spot on Machangulo beach for a unique picnic experience. Picnics by boat can be arranged to Inhaca Island and Portuguese Island. Chat with the activities staff to set up your shaded picnic area wherever you choose.