At Lodge12 you can unleash your adventurous spirit as its coastline offers guests a chance to watch dolphins, whales, sea turtles and a colour palette of tropical fish and coral while diving or snorkelling.

Exciting things to see:

  • Whale season: August to November
  • Turtle nesting season: November to January
  • Manta ray & whale sharks: All year around
  • Hump back Dolphins: all year round
  • Bioluminescence

Marine Activities (permits are required / paper work to be submitted prior to activity)

  • 2 Mile Reef is a flat-topped barrier reef renowned for its fantastic snorkelling at sites such as the Aquarium as well as exciting dive sites on the outer edge. The dives vary from 6 to 21 metres in depth (65 feet). Highlights include a variety of hard and soft corals and many schools of reef and pelagic fish passing through. The reef caters for various skill levels depending on what section is dived.
  • 5 Mile Reef is not as popular as 2 Mile Reef but it has an interesting bottom structure and reaches depths of 10 meters (32 feet). Qualified Open water and advanced divers will enjoy this reef.
  • At Lodge12 we are spoilt for choice with numerous snorkeling spots. You can put on your mask and fins and snorkel straight from our beachfront or take a short 5 min walk and snorkel with many different species like; Box Fish, Parrot Fish, Emperor Fish, Lion Fish, Stone Fish and many different species of schooling fish under the jetties.

What is Bioluminescence?

Certain creatures both on land and sea can produce light through chemical reactions taking place within their bodies known as Bioluminescence. The bioluminescence results from a light-producing chemical reaction also called chemiluminescence. Certain types of chemicals when mixed together produce energy which ‘excites’ other particles on vibration and generate light which causes the glow. The group of chemicals involved to make plankton glow are broadly termed luciferins and the light is produced by a series of oxidation reactions set off by a catalyst called luciferase. The bioluminescence in plankton is very high in several forms of Plankton and is a form of cold light or luminescence.

Plankton consists of any drifting organism (plant or animal) that inhabit the oceans and provide a vital source of food to larger aquatic organisms such as fish. A vast range of plankton, both zoo plankton and single-celled animal plankton are known to be bioluminescent. 

Lodge12 allows you to experience Bioluminescence first hand through you swimming in the midst of these amazing creatures at Lodge12 at night. It is something that should be witnessed at least once in your lifetime.

We are pleased to offer fully guided island hopping excursions where our guests explore our coastline fringed by tropical islands. Our team will conjure up fresh seafood and snacks to take onboard where guests can choose where to have a picnic for a truly amazing day out.

The Bazaruto Archipelago consists of six idyllic islands lying off the Mozambique coastal town of Vilankulos: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Paradise Island, Bangue and Pansy Shell Island, all of which are accessible from Lodge12.  There are also numerous sandbanks which can be explored.

From closest to furthest:

  • The Spit (20min boat ride) A small white sandbank that offers sheltered calm waters on the one side and on the other waves from the sea. Collect a number of different beautiful shells during your visit to The Spit and enjoy the beautiful seaview of Worldsview and the surrounds.
  • Bangue Island (25min boat ride) Between Bangue and Magaruque you might see the elusive and Critically Endangered Dugong.
  • Magaruque Island (40min boat ride) A walk around the Island is approximately 7km. On the Island you will be spoilt with scenic views, dunes, an abundance of vegetation as well as close by reefs. Don’t forget to bring along your snorkelling gear.
  • Benguerra Island (45-55min boat ride) Benguerra Island is the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago. The Island comprises of forest, savannah, freshwater lakes, wetland eco-systems and magnificent beaches.
  • Pansy Shell Island (1.5hrs boat ride) Pansy Island is a small Island of the southernmost tip of Bazaruto Island. Both snorkelling and scuba diving can be enjoyed here. The shoreline is covered with beautiful Pansy shells and is a real treat for those that enjoy walks on the beach.
  • Bazaruto Island (1.5hrs boat ride) Bazaruto Island is the largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago. The Island has a beautiful coastline and impressive sand dunes to climb with breath-taking views. There are a number of scuba diving spots in this area as well as snorkelling opportunities.
  • Paradise Island (2.5hrs boat ride) Paradise Island, also known as Santa Carolina, is the only completely deserted island in the Bazaruto Archipelago. It has some of the best snorkelling in the Bazaruto Archipelago, both off the boat and directly from the shore. There are many open sandy beaches with shallow pools of water to be enjoyed. You many also get the opportunity to see the Humpback Dolphins or Dugongs on your boat ride out this way.

Mangrove boat trips / bird watching:

  • The Sanctuary boasts seven species of Mangrove. Mangroves are dynamic and are extremely important in terms of successful breeding of fish and invertebrates. They also provide abundant areas for nesting and protection for many species of water birds. The mangroves are inundated and then dried twice per day resulting in a thriving mangrove ecosystem.
  • Lodge12 offers a sunset booze cruise through the Mangroves to experience this stunning ecosystem and watch a large variety of birds that come there to rest.

For the fishing enthusiasts you can try your hand at some deep sea fishing or maybe some fly fishing and spinning outside of the Marine Protected Areas demarcated by orange buoys.

  • Deep Sea Fishing: The waters offshore from the Sanctuary are amongst the best deep-sea fishing waters on the East coast of Africa. Numerous trophy species can be caught here including various types of Marlin, Sailfish and Swordfish. (*Permits for fishing are required and must be organised with Lodge12 prior to the fishing excursion)
  • Fly Fishing and Spinning: Fly Fishing and Spinning are permitted in the main channels beyond the Marine Protected Areas.
safari drives

With 30 000ha of protected area to explore you will be spoilt for things to see on a game drive at Lodge12. The Sanctuary has a number of game species such as; Livingston’s Eland, Sable, Blue Wildebeest, Kudu, Nyala, Bushbuck, Giraffe, Zebra, Waterbuck, Red Duiker, Suni, Steenbok, Common Duiker and Bush Pig. Our game drives will take you through the bush to the different viewpoints, watering holes and bird hides. Picnics in the bush, morning coffee and rusks and sundowners can be arranged at your leisure during your stay with us.

Guide: As an optional extra, Lodge12 can provide you with a local guide to share expert knowledge of the surroundings and to accompany you on game drives, hikes through The Sanctuary and nearby islands and show you all the best spots and activities.

Feel free to discover The Sanctuary’s reserve by arranging one or more of the following activities. Be mindful of the tide as it comes in extremely fast and unsuspecting walkers may be overtaken by a rising tide. Plan your walks carefully and avoid trying to walk between the sand spits on a rising tide.


  • Beach walks: Take a morning or afternoon stroll along the beach. Each walk offers something different as the tides move the sand every day. Look out for the seabirds, starfish, crabs, octopuses and shoreline invertebrates.

Trail Runs

  • Choose your favourite trail to run every morning before breakfast. Look out for the unsuspecting game on the trails and the beautiful sights you will see. We have a mix of beach/mangrove/bush trails that navigate The Sanctuary.


  • The Bazaruto Archipelago region is a vital East African flyway through which vast numbers of migratory birds move from their breeding to non-breeding grounds, and the estuaries in the Sanctuary serve as a resting and feeding spot. It also provides wintering grounds for some species of Palearctic migrants. Some of the special bird species that can be found here are; Olive Bee-Eaters, Southern-banded Snake Eagle, Plain-backed Sunbird, Pink-backed Pelicans and flamingos.

A relaxed sunset cruise aboard a traditional dhow provides the ideal opportunity to celebrate life’s special moments in a truly magnificent experience.

The waters surrounding Lodge 12 provide excellent conditions for sailing with wide expanses of water at high tide, deep channels and moderate winds. Glassy calm open expanses of water offer perfect conditions for water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing. On windier days kite surfing may be your activity of choice. And for those that enjoy quieter activities you can go for a paddle on one of the Lodge12 kayaks (One single and one double).

Beach wear

Costume, sarong, hat, slops, wind breaker, water shoes, rash vest.

Hiking wear 

Trail sneakers, shorts, light breathable top, warm top for the cooler days).

Lodge wear

Slops, shorts, t-shirt, dresses for the daytime. Light long pants and long sleeves cotton shirts or a scarf are advised at night. In the winter season you may need a light pull over or warmer top.

Whether you’re exploring untouched coral reefs whilst island hopping or game viewing on safari, Lodge 12 offers a luxurious holiday destination for the discerning travellers.