Important Information | Fast Facts 

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 Vilanculos:

  • 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 or through our head office.
  • 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 harbour, followed by a boat charter transfer from Vilanculos Harbour to Marlin Lodge. Travel time is 20 - 30 minutes, depending on weather conditions.

Guests arriving from Vilanculos harbour

Daily set departure time is between approximately 13:30 and 14:30. These times depend on the number of guests arriving, the passport control and the flight arrival times.

Guests departing from Marlin Lodge

Departure between 11:00 and 11:15 The above is weather and guest transfer dependent, and might change without prior notice. 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 charters. 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 approximately 8:30. 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 harbour 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. If you are unsure of our transfer policy, please Contact Us or complete the enquiry form for a detailed reply.


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