Thanda Island
White sand beaches, sparkling waters, a flourishing marine world surrounding you and a team of hosts looking after your every whim – Thanda Island, located between Tanzania’s mainland and Mafia Island, offers complete privacy and exudes romance and adventure. With only the sun and the moon guiding you through the days this is a place where time seems to stand still.

Thanda Island

Inspired by the pictures Ernest Hemingway painted through his words, Thanda Island boasts picturesque beaches, sparkling blue water and flourishing marine life.  Situated between Tanzania's mainland and Mafia Island in the warm Indian Ocean, it is easily accesible by helicopter from Dar es Salaam or a boat transfer from Mafia Island. This private, tropical island exudes ultimate exclusivity and natural luxury - a perfect adventure for a family or a group of friends looking to create lasting memories.

Only 20 acres in size, the island is home to a five-bedroom villa catering to a maximum of ten guests.  Guests share and oversized living space, outdoor deck, lengthy infinity pool, yoga sala, gym and a bonfire pit. The hosts have perfected the art of understanding guests' needs and desires to create the most perfectly tailored experience.

For those seeking reflection and relaxation, strolls along the white sand beaches, exploring the tropical inland on foot or a spot of tennis are just some of the spoils to see you through your days. The calm, warm water ranges in colour from so perfectly clear to a deep royal blue, inviting guests to participate in a myriad of fully inclusive water based activities.  Swimming with Whale Sharks (seasonally), snorkelling, deep-sea fishing, sailing on a traditional wooden dhow, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding are just some of the adventures awaiting. Scuba Diving and massages can easily be arranged too. With a private guide and a dedicated boat house fully equipped, this beautifully fragile ecosystem is beckoning to be explored and appreciated.

Plenty of care and attention is focused on cuisine. Only the freshest of produce is considered and the dining venues are left to the imagination - indoors or al fresco, from breakfast on sand banks to picnics on the beach and glittering dinners under the stars.

Caroline's Hot Tips

Whale Sharks migrate to the region between October and March - swimming with these gentle giants is an incredible experience.

Turtle sightings are not uncommon, specifically the highly endangered Green and Hawksbill Turtles.

Gaze across the night sky in the beach copper baths, a spoil for the senses.

Combine a stay at Thanda Island with your East African safari, or enjoy the island as a stand-alone beach escape.

Pack light - all you really need is your swimsuit!

This fully inclusive, private island starts from $1000 pppn (2017) - $1500 pppn (2018) for ten guests.

There is a minimum three night stay required over the festive season (surcharge applies).


'Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.'

Benjamin Disraeli

Thanda Island Overview

BEST SUITED TO - Multi-generational families or groups of friends traveling together

NUMBER OF ROOMS - five ensuite bedrooms in the villa; two additional rustic bandas on request

SUGGESTED LENGTH OF STAY - four to six nights

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL - All year round, but there is an increase in rainfall over April & May

CHILDREN - All ages are welcome

WE LOVE IT BECAUSE - The high level of service; the phenomenal island experience is matched by their serious commitment to conservation

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