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 just past the office. 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.
Santa Maria Village Tour
This is a great opportunity to experience local living by visiting the small village of Santa Maria. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at the local restaurant Bemugi’s Place. Machangulo Beach Lodge is committed to the improvement of the quality of life of our local community and the stimulation of local business. As a part of our community improvement project we provide free Santa Maria tours to all of our guests and we hope that you will help us and the community by supporting the local businesses. Lunch and purchases at Santa Maria Village are best done in Meticais.
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 names Inhaca Village where many shops and restaurants can be found. The island has more of a tourist feel to it and has many more people than the Machangulo Area
Inhaca Village Tour
Take the boat from Machangulo Beach Lodge to Inhaca Village and stop at the jetty or the beach at the Hotel on Inhaca Island. The boat journey takes about 25 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 40 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 60 per person/Minimum of 2 persons, 2 hours.
At the North East end of Inhaca Island the lighthouse that is still in operation today is a beautiful site to visit, especially on a clear day. The endless view is amazing and the 4×4 trip there is very interesting, passing many local communities nestled away under coconut trees. USD 40 per person, Minimum of 2 persons, 3 hours.
4 x 4 Explore
Inhaca Island has great landscape and communities. From the forests of the south to the Coconuts and Mangroves of the North, we recommend that you explore the island from the Village to the Marine Reserve with a 4×4. Either take the boat from Machangulo Beach Lodge to the Inhaca Village and return to Machangulo Beach Lodge via 4×4 that crosses the entire island or vice versa. USD 35 per person, Minimum of 2 persons, 2 hours.
The University of Eduardo Mondlane maintains a biology station on the island and a visit to this station can be combined with other trips on the island.
USD 40 pp, Minimum of 2 persons, 1 hours. Island trips can include any or all of the above excursions but must include the Inhaca Village Tour. The prices above include a guide and the local Island taxes but exclude any purchases/donations on the island.
Machangulo Beach Lodge does not have a 4×4 on Inhaca Island and therefore we depend on business on the Island to provide the 4×4 service. The prices above are a guideline and are subject to change, please enquire.
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 can also be 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 ex-cellent way to spend a couple of hours while waiting for a boat or a flight. USD 70 per person. Please enquire about availability.
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 your guide Bemugi 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)
Santa Maria Bay and Estuaries Exploration
The estuaries and bay between Inhaca Island and Santa Maria Village provide endless hours of fun and exploration. Take the boat to discover the mangrove forests or go searching amazing photographic opportunities. The choice is yours. From flocks of flamingos, turtles and Dugongs to flying fish and local sailing boats. The bay is an amazing eco system, teeming with life.
Rates are USD 20 per person, minimum 2 persons for 2 hours. This trip can also be taken as a Sunset Cruise! (Drinks excluded)
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!
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 in all weather conditions. Using your favourite techniques or learning to perfect new styles from our world-class fishing guides, you’re bound to have the fishing trip of a lifetime!
Here are some of the styles and techniques often used:
- Intertidal light tackle estuary fishing and fly fishing
- Light tackle lure fishing off beach and fly fishing
- Deep sea jigging, drop shot, fly & conventional
- Surf zone, drop shot light and heavy
- Plug light and heavy
- Live bait/dead bait surf zone
- Night fishing – Beach, weather and conditions dependent
- Channel fishing
Some of the commonly caught species:
Giant Kingfish, Golden Kingfish, Blue Fin Kingfish, Big Eye Kingfish, Black Tip or Yellow fin Kingfish, Green Spot King- fish, Amberjack, Lesser Amberjack, Tropical Yellow Tail, Green Job fish, Prodigal Sun, Striped Bonito, Oceanic Boni to, Yellow fin Tuna, Telang Queen Fish, Needle scale Queen Fish, Cave Bass, Swallowtail Rock Cod, Pompano/Three Spot, Speckled Snapper, Blue Emperor, Queen Mackerel, Mozambique Emperor, King Mackerel, Sail Fish, Dorado, Greater Barracuda, Pick handle Barracuda, Blood Snapper, Mozambique Brown Ray, Honeycomb Ray, Grey Grunter, Thread fin, Bonefish — Sharks – Black Tip, Short nosed black tail/reef shark, Zambezi, Hammer Head, Sickle fin Lemon Shark, Mysterious Monsters that are “unlandable”.
Rates are per boat per hour – USD 100.00 (maximum 6 guests) and includes fuel, use of tackle and snacks.
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 high lights of what we offer…
In a nutshell
- Full diving centre with compressor, cylinders and all other necessary equipment (no Nitrox however)
- 250HP 30 ft Diving boat with low gunnels, stairs and ample space.
- PADI Dive instructor/Master
- Year round diving with water temperatures between 20°C (lowest, but seldom) to 30°C (in summer)
- Wide range of experiences, from shore dives to boat dives and even reefs that no-one has ever dived before. . .
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 35 Per Person.
This half day 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.
Bubble Maker – (8 – 12 years old)
Giving younger children the opportunity of joining in the family fun of SCUBA diving. Children should be comfortable in the water, but they don’t have to be super swimmers. With youngsters in mind, the maximum depth is only 2 metres/ 6 feet. Typical sessions last about an hour and are conducted in the lodge pool. USD 60 Per Person.
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 35 Per Person.
SCUBA Diver – (12 years +)
A three day course which will enable you to dive to 12 metres. This course requires less time than the PADI Open Water Diver course, as it only covers the first three of five sections of knowledge development, the first three of five pool sessions, and the first two of four open water training dives, resulting in a limited certification. This certification allows for ample dive experience and is a good warm-up for the Open Water Diver course, if that’s your ultimate goal. Upon completion, you will receive all the paperwork required to apply for PADI SCUBA Diver certification when you get home. USD 120 Per Person.
Open Water Diver –(12 years +)
This 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 all the paperwork required to apply for PADI Open Water Diver certification when you get home. USD 300 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). Price on Request.
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 50 pp
Diving in the marine reserve is a wonderful dive, with depths not exceeding 18 meters. Situated in the Inhaca Marine Reserve, there are beautiful juvenile reef fish and a turtle or two resident 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 70 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. . .
- 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 35 Per Person, Snorkelling only USD 20 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 to the activities staff to setup your shaded picnic area wherever you choose.
The following is available at the beach bar and activities centre:
- Fishing rods
- Snorkel sets
- Kids toys
- Beach chairs