8 days from £1200pp plus international flights.
Zanzibar is the famous spice island, but if you want to get right away from the crowds there are other lesser known island and islets to choose from, offering small lodges and hotels with friendly, personal service. We've picked out 3 of our favourites just to give you a flavour of what you could be enjoying, but there are others to tempt you too, which you'll find shown under the Accommodation tab below.
Fanjove Private Island is a tiny dot in the Indian Ocean. it's uninhabited apart from the staff and guests, so you'll have the island. Go for nature walks, snorkel amongst tropical fish and take a cruise looking for dolphins. Slow down and enjoy the slower pace of life.
On Mafia Island, Ras Mbisi is a real 'barefoot luxury' destination, with timeless wood and thatch buildings, 8 kilometres of beach and opportunities to go snorkelling, explore by kayak, visit a local village and take a cruise on the Indian Ocean at sunset. Larger than the tiny islands above, it's still only half the size of Zanzibar.
Whichever you choose you'll have a wonderful week resting and exploring, making new friends and enjoying delicious freshly cooked food. You'll come away feeling thoroughly refreshed and re-energised.
Should Fanjove be your destination, you'll find yourself on a classic deserted island. Armed with a map from the lodge, take a tour of your domain, following trails inland, walking along the beach, or take to the water in a kayak for a full circumnavigation! The lodge supplies diving and snorkelling equipment to let you observe shoals of fish, turtles and colourful corals, an entrancing underwater world. Take a boat cruise to spot bottlenose and spinner dolphins, and with luck you'll be able to go swimming with these playful, intelligent creatures. Spending time among natural wonders is a real pleasure and privilege on Fanjove. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £1200 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2017 guide price pp sharing - RAS MBISI: From £1200 pp sharing. FANJOVE: From £2170 to £2730.
7 nights twin share accommodation on full board basis; return transfers from and to the nearest airport; return domestic flights from Dar es Salaam to your island; park fees.
International flights and taxes; visa; meals not specified; drinks; optional excursions and activities; tips; items of a personal nature.
Getting there: All these islands are in Tanzania. We recommend flights via either Nairobi or Dar es Salaam, which will cost from £700 per person depending on availability and season. We usually book flights for you.
Departure dates: This is a private tailor made holiday that operates from the beginning of June to the end of March each year (avoiding the rains and April and May), and can begin on the day of your choice subject to availability.
A relaxed little lodge on unspoilt Mafia Island, perfect for some gentle rest and relaxation.
Your own exclusive island a short boat ride from Zanzibar, Chapwani offers the ultimate desert island getaway, total seclusion and relaxation.
Chumbe Island Lodge's seven eco-bungalows are designed so that they provide both privacy and a sense of freedom of living in the open.
A tropical island with just 6 eco beach bandas - now THIS is remote and exciting!
Fundu Lagoon is the epitome of a "bare foot paradise", situated on a remote and beautiful beach on the south western side of Pemba Island.
Kinasi Lodge provides a high standard of accommodation in separate cottages, each with a large verandah and en-suite bathroom.
A small rustic lodge set on the edge of Chole Bay with fantastic food and thatched chalets.
Lovely eco-friendly beach lodge on Mafia Island, Indian Ocean.
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