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Fanjove Private Island

A private island in the middle of paradise

Fanjove Island - beach
Fanjove Island - beach

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Review

This stunning private island sits on azure waters and isolated beaches. Located a short boat ride from the airport at Songosongo island (south of Mafia island), this simple but stunning island is completely private and offers the sorts of relaxation and activities that only a private island can offer with walk into the water snorkelling and diving! Fanjove island homes six eco wooden bandas and shaped to represent the dhow sail, they are truly memorable!

Location

Fanjove Island is a private island located south of Mafia and Zanzibar island. To get there, guests will fly to Songo Songo island, where they will be able to explore the community life of the fishermen. From here, it is just a short boat journey across to Fanjove, where the beauty of the island will be immediately noticed.

Layout

The island is completely private in that nobody, except the guests and the dedicated staff, lives on Fanjove. There are six memorable wooden bandas (translated as 'huts' in Swahili) that are spread out along the white sand beach, ensuring the guests privacy and a beautiful ocean view. Each banda has a path directly to the dining area where breakfast, lunch and dinner is served, overlooking the beautiful blue ocean.

Rooms

The wooden bandas are shaped to represent a local dhow sail. They are made of wood and makuti (palm leaves that are used extensively across Tanzania). The bathroom is concrete but has been shaped in harmony with the rest of the banda. The bedroom and ensuite bathroom sit on the lower level, and to maximise the views of the ocean, there is a balcony on the top level to enjoy the peacefulness of the island. The bandas are solar-powered and there is no electricity in the individual bandas, but there is in the main dining area.

Activities

During the day it will be possible to amuse one self with various water activities, including diving in the crystalline water to discover a yet unexplored paradise. There are many activities on the water, including snorkelling, diving, kayaking, dolphin excursions, dhow sailing and fishing. On shore, guests can completely relax on the white sand beach, or walk around the private idyllic island on a nature trail.

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Stunning private island without the huge price tag

Secluded feel so may not be for everyone

Our rating: 
4
User rating: 
4
Price: 
4

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