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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 also has a popular scuba diving site, with a wide variety of corals and associated species. There are also occasional sightings of larger species such as turtles and dolphins. As the island is a private hands, non-guests are not permitted to land within a 200-meter exclusion zone around the island.

Discover Mnemba Island’s sheer, unpretentious and exclusive paradise. This is the ideal place where the simple pleasures become your most treasured of memories for many years to come. Relax and unwind on your own stretch of beachfront! The simple yet luxurious bandas peep out onto unblemished sands from the dappled shade of the casuarina pine forest. This romantic hideaway is an exclusive paradise featuring only twelve rustically chic beachside bandas, for just 24 guests. Thatched dining and sitting or bar areas boast beautiful open views of the beach and spectacular vistas of Zanzibar beyond.

Your private butler will deliver a late breakfast tray teeming with tropical fruit, freshly-squeezed juice and Tanzanian coffee to the beach banda for those wanting to indulge in a lie-in. Fresh sushi and chilled champagne can appear discreetly at the guests’ beach loungers should they wish to celebrate the magnificent sunset in privacy on Mnemba Island. Your butler can also arrange romantic candlelit dinners on the beach, with the waves lapping gently at guests’ feet. Allow yourself to relax and take a break with yoga and massages in the tranquil retreat of your banda.

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Mnemba Island features

  • 3 km off the northeast coast of Zanzibar
  • 500 metres in diameter
  • 1.5 kilometres in circumference
  • only 12 spacious bandas
  • Wifi available
  • private butler to take care of your every whim
  • tranquil holistic massages

Activities on Mnemba Island

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

Mnemba Island marine life

The marine reserve comprises distinct habitats which are home to a diverse array of Indian Ocean wildlife:

  • Nesting place of threatened green sea turtles (monitoring and protection project has been underway since 1996). They can be seen laying their eggs on the beaches between February and September.
  • Humpback whales (July to September)
  • Three species of dolphin
  • Whale sharks (the world’s largest fish)
  • Migratory and resident shore birds feed and roost on the Island
  • Approximately 600 species of coral reef fish.

Travel time to Mnemba Island

Getting to Mnemba Island:

  • The lodge collects guests at Zanzibar International Airport or Stone Town
  • 1½-hour road trip (the last20 minutes are on an unpaved, bumpy road)
  • 10 – 15 minutes boat ride in an open ski boat
  • As there are no jetties, departures and landings are directly to and from the beach and involve a little wading. Please note that boat transfers are weather dependent.
  • When dark, crossing the channel is not safe!
  • Morning departure
    Summer: 06h00/ Winter: 06h30
  • Afternoon:
    Latest flight arrival at airport 16h00 for them to be transferred latest at 16h30 from Stone Town in winter and summer months.