Hotels, Eco Escapes & Lifestyle Resorts | Unearthing the Exceptional
Locals call it ‘the magic island’, but it’s not just a colourful tradition of spirits and juju that renders Pemba thick with enchantment – from the moment you step off the speedboat into the scent of cloves, coconut and mango, the island will have you under its spell. Fundu Lagoon, our barefoot paradise on one of Pemba’s southwest beaches, is the ultimate place to unwind, a tranquil hideaway in one of the world’s best diving spots.
Whether you’re exploring the underwater landscape, picking up shells on a private forest-fringed beach, or taking in the spectacular sunset from the deck of a traditional wooden dhow, you’ll find yourself wishing you could stay forever.
The Fundu Lagoon is a remote and peacfeul resort, only accessible by boat. Set on a beautiful beach in the south west of Pemba Island, the hotel is privately owned and run with a love for the natural environment. Wooden walkways and sandy paths lead to eighteen Makuti thatched tented rooms and suites. The atmosphere is tranquil. Attentive hotel staff will take care of your every need.
Fundu is an idyllic place to unwind and enjoy total peace and relaxation, whether it be lingering by the poolside or enjoying the spectacular sights of the Indian Ocean. On a beatiful beach fringed by natural forest, the hotel offers complete privacy and the experience is both restful and restorative. It is an ideal place to visit whether you are an independent traveller or looking for a honeymoon beach resort. It is also a favourite safari beach destination, the privacy and natural surroundings being a perfect place to relax after a safari in Kenya or Tanzania.
The diving is breathtaking – ranked among the best sites in the world – and, if you wish to explore, the mangroves, marine life and local villages await.
There are eighteen rooms, consisting of canvas tents set under Makuti (thatch) roofs on wooden decks, all with views over the sea. The rooms are equipped with large double or twin beds, mosquito nets, ceiling and standing fans, and indoor and outdoor seating areas. Each has an en-suite bathroom with fresh hot water shower, toilet and basin.
The rooms are connected to the main buildings by wooden walkways or paths through indigenous forest. Some rooms are situated along the beachfront and the remaining on the hillside, which have wide views over the lagoon. Two of the eighteen rooms are suites, with their own private chill out deck and plunge pool, and four are superior suites, which also have an extensive indoor and outdoor lounge space and mezzanine platform.
The hotel’s main areas are open sided with thatch roofing. There are three bars, an excellent restaurant and a beautiful infinity pool, all designed to blend naturally with a unique Tanzanian setting. Guests are kept comfortable by the soothing sea breezes and the multitude of ceiling fans in the rooms, all of which have breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean.
The Fusion Spa has a range of exclusive treatments using specially formulated blends of local spices.
Fundu’s candelit beach dinner is the ultimate way to spend a romantic evening for two on the beach, with a personal chef and waiting staff.
A sunset cruise on a Dhow provides the opportuity of sailing in a traditional boat with a glass of wine or a cold beer to see out the day.
Misali Island has outstanding snorkelling, which can be reached on a half-day or full-day trip, as well as nesting turtles on Turtle Beach and pristine swimming and sunbathing. The resident pod of dolphins can be visited by boat in the early morning. Humpback whales may also be seen by boat in the migration season, between August and the end of September.
Kayaking around the local mangrove forest is a great way to explore, or cruise up the river to see the ruins of an early settlement. For the more energetic, windsurfing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding are also on offer.
The game fishing is superb around Fundu, with half-day or full-day trips where the catch might include wahoo, barracuda or sailfish.
The diving centre offers try-dives, courses and dives along reefs, deep walls and wrecks, with dense marine life and breathtaking fields of corals.
Custom tours of Pemba Island can be arranged on request. Also, there are three very traditional local villages within comfortable walking distance from the resort, which can be visited with a member of staff as a guide. A trek through the villages shows visitors the unique clay built houses, banana and casava plantations and the local fruits and vegetables grown in families’ gardens.
Fundu Lagoon is on Pemba Island, which is part of the Zanzibar archipelago and lies to the north of its larger, better known sister island, Unguja. The hotel is situated on a remote and beautiful beach on the south-western side of Pemba and is only accessible by boat.
The main means of visiting Pemba Island are by light aircraft charter or schedule flight. There is also a ferry service but this is not always reliable. The airport is Chake Chake in the centre of the island, and the main port used by the ferry service is Mkoani in the south-west. After arriving at the airport there is a short vehicle ride to Mkoani Port on a newly built bitumen road which takes approximately 45 minutes. We then provide a private speedboat service (20-25 minutes) from Mkoani Port to Fundu Lagoon. There is no useable road access.