Marlin Lodge is set amid translucent waters flecked with dhow sails and rich in marine life - a pristine paradise for those seeking something extraordinary. A row of luxury chalets snakes along a dune overlooking a white beach and tidal sand spit. The center-piece is a living-dining area crafted from ironwood and red mahogany - Robinson Crusoe could have asked for nothing more. The pool is set in a glade of coconut and Ilala palms, perfect for a day of lazing and tropical cocktails. The wood-reed-and-thatch chalets with en suite bathrooms are a blend of African elegance and tropical island beauty with each a patch of beach to itself. Meals range from semi-formal affairs in the dining room to casual beach buffets. Dinners are sumptuous occasions, sometimes laid on the beach at the end of an avenue of palm fronds and flame torches. Activities on offer at Marlin include scaling the highest dunes during a round-the-island tour, or a day on a desert isle with a sun umbrella and picnic basket. The glassy shallows in front of the lodge are ideal for motorized water sports like water-skiing or parasailing, while Two Mile Reef is a favorite among divers. A protected pool known as the Aquarium is considered one of southern Africa's finest snorkeling spots offering guests the chance to see Mozambique's gentle giants: whale sharks and manta rays. Fishing from the beach, ski boat or in the deep sea can be arranged as well as sailing and a dhow sundowner cruises.