Pemba Island... An Indian Ocean paradise
Fundu Lagoon is located on Pemba Island, the sister island to Zanzibar, and is one of the top 5 diving destinations in the world. The hotel is situated on a beautiful remote beach on the south-western side of the island and is only accessible by boat.
Fundu Lagoon has been designed for travellers looking to escape the usual holiday crowds. This luxurious yet rustic getaway provides a friendly, relaxed haven of peace and outstanding natural beauty. The resort offers an a la carte restaurant, a bar and a massage and treatment room
Zanzibar, the spice island of Tanzania is one of the continent's most famous destinations when it comes to beach travel, beach vacations, beach resorts and Tanzania holiday options. Offering excellent beach hotels and resorts, coral reef discovery, water sports, family holidays, spice tours and ocean paradise islands.
Location and season
There are daily air connections between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, Pemba and Arusha as well as to the Selous Game Reserve and the northern parks. There are also regular flights to Mombasa and Nairobi and a ferry service operating between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam and Pemba. Dhows also link Zanzibar with Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Bagamoyou and Mombasa.
The best way to visit Pemba is with the scheduled charter flights. They are available daily mornings and afternoons. Pemba is accessed via most airports in East Africa via Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam. The island can also be accessed with direct local flights with several charter airlines that operate smaller aircrafts. Currently there are no direct flights from Nairobi or Mombasa to Pemba. It is also possible to reach the islands by ferry, which operates three times a week between Zanzibar and Pemba (departing 10pm and arriving 6am)
Direct Flights to Zanzibar are now available with, Gulf Air, Ethiopian, Air Mauritius, Kenya Airways. International flights to Dar-es- salaam and Nairobi are several. British Airways, Emirates, Oman Air, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Swissair, KLM, Egypt Air, Air India, Air Malawi, and Brussels International. Charter connections to Zanzibar via selected tour operators are available via Air Europe in Italy, and into Mombasa via Condor and LTU from Germany.
When to go: Zanzibar enjoys a typical Equatorial climate. From December to March the weather is hot and relatively dry. The cooler, dry period from June to October is also pleasant. Heavy rains can be expected from March to the end of May and short rains during the month of November.
The island of Zanzibar is known as the ‘Spice Island' because of its long-standing association with the clove industry. A low-lying stretch of land, approximately 37 km off the coast of Tanzania, it is a place of wonder, magic and mystery. Zanzibar Town, on the western side of the island is made up of a labyrinth of winding lanes, ancient stone houses, Arabian arches, heavy carved wooden doors, circular towers, narrow latticed windows, overhanging balconies and a fascinating selection of bazaars, curio shops, art galleries and spice troves.
To the north of the town lie mile upon mile of pristine beaches, which end at the northern tip of the island with the dhow centre and tourist resort of Nungwi. Yet more stunning beaches lie along the eastern shore. The Zanzibar archipelago also includes the neighbouring island of Pemba and numerous small islands off shore to include Changuu (Prison Island), Bawi, Cahwani (Grave Island), Tumbatu, Mnemba, Chumbe and the sandbanks of Nyange, Pange and Murogo.
Fundu Lagoon offers 16 spacious bungalows set under makuti (thatch) roofs on wooden stilted decks, located discreetly amongst the trees on the beach, and higher up overlooking the bay. All the bungalows are private while being connected to the main buildings by sandy walkways, giving full and easy access to the amenities.
The rooms at Fundu Lagoon are all equipped with large double or twin beds, mosquito nets, ceiling and standing fans, and indoor and outdoor seating areas. Each bungalow has a hardwood-panelled en suite bathroom with walk-in shower, hot and cold running water, a toilet and basin. 4 of the accommodations are suites with their own private chill-out decks and plunge pools.
Dining and bars
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the large, airy main area of Fundu Lagoon, built under thatch and overlooking the ocean, or at the jetty bar. Meals feature a selection of both local and international cuisine.
The hotel is child-friendly.
What to see and do
The activities on offer include swimming, snorkelling, sea kayaking, diving, water sports, dhow trips and nature trails plus visits to a dhow workshop and the brooding caverns of the Mangapwani Slave Caves where slaves were hidden after the abolishment of slavery made their shipment illegal.
Other places of interest in Stone Town and around are: the Portuguese Fort, the Sultan's Palace, the old Dhow Port, the Old Slave Market, the House of Wonders, the Old Dispensary, the home of the slaver, Tippu-Tip, the Livingstone House, The Hamamni Bath, The National Museum, The Chukwani Palace, The Jozani Forest - the last red colobus monkey sanctuary, The Mtoni Palace ruins, The Maruhubi Palace ruins and the Persian Baths of Kidichi.
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