Live out your wildest Robinson Crusoe fantasies when you stay at the tranquil and quintessentially East African Fundu Lagoon Resort. This rustic, yet stylish beach hideaway off the coast of Tanzania features only 18 tented suites and rooms, ensuring its relaxed and intimate atmosphere is maintained. Privately owned and run with love for the local environment, this retreat is the perfect pit-stop after a Tanzanian safari, as well as being one of the best diving and snorkeling spots in the world.
Fundu Lagoon is perched on a palm fringed beach on the south western side of Pemba Island, part of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Daily flights run from Dar-es-Salaam to Pemba’s airport Chake Chake, from here it’s a short car journey followed by a private boat transfer to Fundu Lagoon. Due to it’s remote setting the waters surrounding Pemba are a divers paradise, where shallow coral lagoons support an array of marine life. The resort’s proximity to the ocean also means the freshest seafood is delivered daily, and served up in the restaurant using a fusion of flavors from Africa, Arabia, and India.
The 18 spacious rooms and suites exude a natural, yet effortlessly chic vibe, where you can spend your days lounging on your private terrace soaking up the views. We love the romantic tented suites, all with ocean-views and traditional thatched roofs, private chill out areas, and plunge pools. With no WiFi in the rooms you’ll be sure to slip into laid-back island life in no time. However if you need to check back into reality the hotel offers complimentary WiFi in the lobby.
Why we like it
Surrounded by the calm waters of the Indian Ocean it’s no surprise most of the activities offered are centered around the diving, snorkeling, and fishing. The resort has a fully equipped PADI dive center offering a fleet of boats so you can try your hand at water skiing, wake boarding, or wind surfing. The nearby mangroves can be explored by canoe or take a sunset cruise for a more relaxing view of the coastline. For something a little more relaxed Fundu Fusion Spa offers a myriad of treatments using traditional and African methods, make sure to try a cinnamon body scrub treatment before hitting the pool and sun lounger.