My friends and I arrived in Vilanculos and found that many places were booked so we didn't have a place to stay for the full time we were there (4 days.) On our way to dinner we passed Dolphin Dhow and rang the bell to ask if they had rooms for backpackers. We were showed several rooms and met Michael. He told us that they don't advertise because they usually try to give rooms to people who are also doing to the dhow with them. He then told us that he waits for people to call from the airport and he tells them they are getting a special "package deal" by staying and booking the dhow with them, but that it isn't actually a deal at all and he can get away with doing this because people are comforted by the fact that he speaks English. He then commented that he could "spot a lonely planet backpacker immediately" and take advantage of that. At the end of the conversation he told us we were more than welcome to stay, no matter who we booked a dhow tour with. Since we were desperate for accommodations we went back early the next morning. Michael greeted us and told one of the staff to give us two waterfront rooms. Then he asked who we were taking the dhow with. When we told him we had chosen another company he became upset then excused himself. We waited in the office for about 10 minutes before Michael sent another staff member over to inform us that there were no longer rooms available. The Dolphin Dhow tour goes to the exact same place as the other tours, despite costing more. Michael also misquoted the Vilanculos set diving fee. I have never met Junior, but based on my impression of Michael alone, I would not give my business to a place that overcharges and takes advantage of backpackers...especially when there are so many friendly and inviting places in town that all work together.
Location: Mozambique > Inhambane Province > Vilanculos
Beach Free Parking Suites
Ranked #13 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Vilanculos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located on a prime position right on the unspoilt Beach of Vilanculos Southern Mozambique, 700 km north of the capital, Maputo.At Dolphin Dhow you can truly admire the beauty of the Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magauruque & Bangue Islands whilst relaxing from the private deck..If you are looking to explore the Archipelago Islands, We provide the highest quality adventurous Island tours....Come join us for some fun in the sun. Here is your chance to enjoy an unforgettable Indian ocean Island experience and also venture into places where no man has ever been. ... more less