On a remote and beautiful beach on the south western side of Pemba Island, reached by private boat, Fundu Lagoon offers an escape from holiday crowds and is particularly popular with divers looking for some of the best diving in the world.
The 18 tented rooms and suites offer spacious accommodation inside and out with wooden decks overlooking the ocean, some with plunge pools. Each room has a bathroom with walk-in shower with hot and cold running water. Some are on the beach and others are set back offering greater privacy. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and there are no fewer than 3 bars where guests can enjoy a cooling drink. The jetty bar sert over the ocean is especially popular at sunset. The infinity pool is in a secluded location and has a bar serving drinks and snacks. Fundu's spa offers massages and body treatments and there is a yoga platform overlooking the sea. Other facilities include a TV room and games room.
There are many water based activities including catamaran and dhow cruises, windsurfing, canoeing and snorkelling. Fundu has a PADI dive centre and there are some excellent diving sites. Nature trails enable guests to explore the island near the hotel and excursions can be arranged to places of interest on Pemba and further afield.
Open: Fundu Lagoon is open from 15 June to 8 April.
Location: Fundu Lagoon is on Wambaa Peninsula in the south west of Pemba Island, about 70kms north of Zanzibar. The island’s airport is at Chake Chake and caters for charter and scheduled flights. The lodge arranges the transfer from the airport, via a 25 minute drive to the ferry port followed by a 25 minute private boat ride to Fundu Lagoon.
Rooms: Accommodation is in 18 rooms, suites and superior suites. Each has 1 king or 2 single beds, mosquito nets, ceiling fan, fridge, safe and an en-suite shower room. All sleep 2 people, with superior suites able to take up to 2 more people each on request. The 12 rooms are canvas tents set beneath thatched roofs, all with the same layout. 4 are by the beach with a deck and loungers. the others are further up the hill and have decks with loungers and a sofa. There are 2 bungalow suites, larger than the rooms. The beach suite has a large terrace, with a lower level sitting area and a plunge pool. The jungle suite is set back off the beach for greater seckusion, and has a broad deck with a raised seating area and a plunge pool. The 4 superior suites are the larger still, with an indoor lounge, large bathroom with twin hand basins and a shower, and an extensive deck with space for dining and relaxing and a plunge pool.
Activities: Swimming and snorkelling. Diving is also possible with a PADI dive centre on site catering for everyone from beginners to experienced divers. Mesali Island is a favourite drive location, a beautiful coral reef and Pemba’s only marine sanctuary. Waterskiing, windsurfing and game fishing are available. You can explore the mangroves by canoe and the island on foot. Sunset dhow cruises, catamaran cruises to other beaches and islands, and dolphin watching trips can be arranged. Fundu organises excursions to places of interest on the island, such as the ruins of the old capital Jambangone and Ngezi Forest. At the hotel you can relax with a spa treatment or yoga session.
Facilities: Fundu Lagoon has its own private beach. The main guest areas are under thatch with open sides. There is a restaurant serving local and international cuisine and 3 bars including one by the pool which offers snacks as well as drinks throughout the day and a jetty bar built out over the ocean, the ideal location for sundowners. There are regular barbecue evenings on the beach. Romantic beach dinners can be arranged. Fundu has an infinity pool and a spa which offers massage, body scrubs, facials, manicure and pedicure. There is a yoga platform. Additional facilities include a TV room and games room with pool table and dartboard. There is a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children aged 12 years and over are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in the reception area.
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"Fundu Lagoon is a relaxing paradise, where you can decide whether to spend your days enjoying the beautiful scenery or making the most of the surrounding sea life. All the staff are really friendly and keen to help, the accomodation is lovely and there is nothing better than watching the sunset with one of the cocktails on the jetty bar. It is impossible to go to Fundu Lagoon and to not come back rejuvenated. "