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Mnemba Island

Mnemba Island is a small exclusive barefoot island paradise located about 3 km off the northeast coast of Zanzibar. It is only about 500 metres in diameter and about 1.5 kilometres in circumference. An oval shaped reef (7×4 km) is surrounding the island. The reef is part of the marine conservation area.

Mnemba Island is a small and exclusive island paradise off the northeast coast of Zanzibar. An oval reef, which is part of the Marine Protected Area, surrounds the island. And the popular dive sites await with a variety of corals and fish. Occasionally, you can also sight larger species such as turtles and dolphins here.

Mnemba Island is the ideal place to lean back. The romantic retreat is an exclusive paradise with only twelve rustic-chic bandas on the beach and accommodates a maximum of 24 guests. The simple yet luxurious bandas look out from the casuarina pine forest onto the immaculate sandy beach, where you can relax on your own stretch of beach.

Beneficial for body, mind and soul

From the dining and bar area, you’ll have a wonderful view of the beach and spectacular views of nearby Zanzibar. Upon request, your private butler will serve you a late breakfast of tropical fruits, freshly squeezed juice, and Tanzanian coffee in your beachfront veranda. And if you want to celebrate the glorious sunset, fresh sushi and chilled champagne can also be discreetly served to you on the beach loungers. Or maybe you’re in the mood for a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach? That is also possible! Just as yoga sessions, massages or a wide range of water sports activities.

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That's what Mnemba Island is all about!

The Marine Sanctuary includes various habitats that are home to a variety of Indian Ocean creatures:

  • Nesting sites of endangered green sea turtles (They lay their eggs on the beaches between February and September)
  • Humpback whales (July to September)
  • Three species of dolphins
  • Whale sharks (the largest fish in the world)
  • Migratory and resident shorebirds
  • About 600 species of coral reef fish

Activities on Mnemba Island

  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling and other watersport activities
  • boat trips
  • Yoga sessions to connect mind, body and spirit
  • Massages
  • Romantic beach dinner

Mnemba Island Facts

  • 3 km off the northeast coast of Zanzibar
  • 500 metres in diameter
  • 1.5 kilometres in circumference
  • only 12 spacious bandas
  • Wifi available

How to get there?

The lodge in Mnemba Island will collect you at Zanzibar International Airport or in Stone Town.
The 1 1/2 hour road trip (be aware, the last 20 minutes are on an unpaved, bumpy road) will take you to the Northeastern part of Zanzibar were you will board an open ski boat for another 10 to 15 minutes.

Please note:

  • As there are no jetties, departures and landings are directly to and from the beach and involve a little wading. Boat transfers thus are weather dependent.
  • When dark, crossing the channel is not safe!
  • Morning departure:
    Summer: 06h00/ Winter: 06h30
  • Afternoon departure:
    Latest transfer summer  and winter: 16h30