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Imagine an island, a small, perfect island, with coral
sands and balmy air; ultimate beach luxury with warm white
sands and clear turquoise seas, an unspoilt, natural haven
of absolute privacy and peace, and discover that this is no
hazy dream… it is Mnemba. This extraordinary island is
surrounded by coral reefs protected within a Marine
Conservation Area off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar.
With powder-soft sand, palm trees and a cool woodland
center, Mnemba Island, Zanzibar is a natural sanctuary for
wildlife, and an ideal exotic honeymoon choice.
The island center is a cool pine forest, and the eastern
coastal aspect feels quite wild and unkempt despite its
diminutive size. A walk here is pleasantly lonely,
invigorating for all the natural intrigue of forest and
beach, with enticing options to trip lightly from the
water’s edge to explore coral reefs vibrant with color and
life. Between December and March Mnemba’s rare green turtles
may be seen laying their eggs, and dolphin pods are commonly
seen throughout the year. Nature walks around the island a
wide variety of sea birds whilst snorkeling amongst the
coral reefs introduces one to the magnificent colorful
Hand-woven from traditional Zanzibarian palm-matting,
each of the ten secluded bandas on Mnemba Island provides an
ultimate expression of 'barefoot luxury'. Set back into the
fringes of the pine forest at the island center, Mnemba's
rooms are carefully located to ensure absolute privacy, and
built onto wooden platforms over the sand. Detailed
woodcarvings and the scrolled headboards adorning the beds
are created by some of Zanzibar's most skilled artisans.
Your palm-woven suite is wonderfully spacious, with
billowing light cotton nets and soft African prints through
the veranda, wide bedroom and distant bathroom. The
voluminous beds enjoy uninterrupted views of the beach and
ocean, and secluded peace and distance from the nine other
beach chalets set back among the trees along the eastern
shore. Each banda is made of natural local materials, with a
detached, spacious bathroom accessed via a palm-woven
Each room has its own spacious veranda that is hidden in
the shade of the tropical beach forest, and a private
pathway onto a secluded area of the dream inspiring coral
sand beach. Verandas are constructed with built-in barazas,
(perfect for afternoon siestas), comfortable chairs for
reading and a writing table.
There are also outdoor swing
beds, and private, shady beach salas with simple Zanzibari
loungers. The Communal Areas Thatched dining and bar areas
have been constructed with conscientious awareness of place,
curving along the beach to make the most of breathtaking sea
views and spectacular coral reefs beyond.
Mnemba Island is a coral atoll in the Zanzibar
archipelago, surrounded by thriving, vibrant reefs and
gin-clear Indian Ocean. Welcome to some of the best diving
in the world. Mnemba Island Lodge runs a fully equipped PADI
dive school and two dives per day (for PADI qualified
divers) are included in the price of your stay.
The waters around the island are awash with colorful
marine life - with approximately 4 times the range of fish
species than the Caribbean. With an average visibility of
between 20-60 meters and warm waters, (average temp 27
degrees C), and numerous colorful shallow sites to explore,
it is a stunning diving location for experts and beginners
alike. Visibility is generally better after the November
rains, between November and March.
Mnemba's 'house' reef is one of the best in Zanzibar,
with clear shallow waters, and dropaways to an average of
40m. The Great Wall is stunning, plunging steeply from 35m
to 70m. Dolphin and turtles are commonly seen on dives here.
The reef surrounding the island beach is colorful and
thriving, making for fun snorkeling at any time. These
waters, famously fished by Hemmingway, have nurtured some of
the world's largest catches... there is at least a good
chance of catching your supper.
Relaxation is the hallmark of Mnemba, but boating and
fishing, as well as snorkeling and diving off the coral
reefs, are irresistible diversions in this idyllic retreat.
There can be no better way to punctuate an East African
safari than this blissful haven, where balmy waters lap the
sun-soaked shore. Water skiing, Wind surfing, Snorkeling,
Scuba Diving (only if qualified and holding PADI Certificate
Mnemba is all about the sea and the beach, and when you
tire of lying on the softest, whitest sand in the world,
beach chairs and beds offer a chance for elevation. >
"You may have heard enough beach hyperbole to last a
lifetime: 'pure-white, lustrous, silica-soft sand,
surrounded by a brilliant turquoise sea'. Mnemba is all
these, and more."
Sun Sunday Mail newspaper (Australia)
Accommodation Rates:- From
$1,100 per person per night sharing. Please contact us for a
quote and suggested itinerary.