Mnemba Island overviewThe pristine white beaches of Mnemba, surrounded by deep blue ocean, combine to make this intimate island your own private tropical paradise. Mnemba is inhabited only by guests and the staff taking care of them. While the dazzling sands and brilliant sunshine invite you to spend idle hours on shore, magnificent coral reefs create an underwater wonderland that lures you to explore the warm, crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Scores of snorkeling and diving sites form a gateway to a world of incredible sea creatures.

Set on a private island off the north eastern tip of Zanzibar, this exquisite location with its white coral sand beaches and spectacular coral reefs is renowned as one of the world’s most romantic ocean destinations, offering a seclusion and rustic exclusivity unparalleled on the African coastline. Enjoy swimming directly off the beach, as well as kayaking, windsurfing, fly-fishing and deep sea fishing.


Mnemba Island Lodge offers guests the perfect destination to get away from it all. With just 10 palm-frond guest bandas on the entire island, the only intrusion may be a silent visit from a curious suni antelope or two at sundown.

Sea breezes waft through high palm-frond roofs and large windows in your beachside banda. Overhead fans in a spacious bedroom filled with soft, natural fabrics and traditional woodcarvings cool down the warm tropical nights.

Stretch out on the built-in barazas on your veranda or settle into a plush armchair to enjoy the ocean view. Traditional Zanzibari loungers in your private beach sala invite you to spend time in the sun.

A shady corridor of woven palm leaves leads to a large shuttered bathroom where a massive stone shower awaits behind a glass beaded curtain.


An astounding array of reef fish and other underwater marvels occur on the reefs surrounding the island, and a number of magnificent dive sites are easily reached from Mnemba. Resident dive instructors are on hand to guide guests to the best sites and a wide choice of diving courses is offered for those who wish to improve their skills.

The coral reefs surrounding the island are home to a vast variety of reef fish, anemone and other marine specimens, while diverse pelagic fish and marine mammals thrive in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Humpback whales, as well as many species of dolphin, a number of shark and several types of ray are encountered in the ocean depths. A variety of predator fish in the area include barracuda, mackerel, kingfish, sailfish and marlin.

Set off the northeastern tip of Zanzibar and surrounded by a coral atoll, Mnemba is home to a staggering diversity of marine life. In an effort to protect and preserve these precious ecosystems, &Beyond has partnered with the Zanzibar government and the local fishing communities to have the atoll and its surroundings proclaimed the Mnemba Island Marine Conservation Area.


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