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Mnemba Island

Stay in a palm-leaf cottage on this idyllic resort island, dive along the coral reef and look for dolphins and whales.

Mnemba Island is a tiny, picturesque islet surrounded by an oval reef. It is privately owned and known for the excellent scuba diving around its spectacular coral network. Go scuba diving in the reef to spot a variety of colorful fish as well as turtles and dolphins.

Explore the distinct habitats of the marine reserve for a greater understanding of the ecosystems here. Spot humpback whales between July and September in this region, which contains about 600 species of coral reef fish. 

Visit from November through March for the calmest conditions and best visibility in the water. See whale sharks and three species of dolphin. Endangered green sea turtles lay their eggs on the island’s beaches from February to September. 

Beachcomb along the stretches of white, crunchy sand that adorn the shores of this small island. Walk around the entire 3-mile (5-kilometer) circumference of the beach at low tide. Chat with staff in the various thatched huts decorating the beaches. Enjoy a romantic meal at night on the beach under the stars. 

Because the island is owned by an exclusive resort non-guests are prohibited from accessing it. Spot the rich and famous among the fellow guests on this island resort. Among the activities are kayaking, scuba diving, massages, fishing and windsurfing.

Enjoy the entirety of your stay on the island barefoot and stay in one of the charming cottages made from woven palm leaves. The cottages come with their own African sarongs and straw hats, which provide ideal beachwear. 

Book online or by phone on the resort’s official website. The island is closed to visitors in April and May, due to heavy seasonal rains. 

Find Mnemba Island off the northeastern coast of the main island of the Zanzibar archipelago. It is opposite Muyuni Beach, a little north of Matemwe on the island’s northeastern coast. Drive north from Zanzibar City for 90 minutes and take a 20-minute ferry crossing to get here.


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Sunshine Marine Lodge £75
Sunshine Marine Lodge

Sunshine Marine Lodge

Off Mnemba Island Road, Muyuni, Matemwe
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Matemwe, this beach hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Mnemba Island and 12.1 mi (19.5 km) from Kendwa Beach. Kiwengwa Beach is 14.8 mi (23.8 km) away.

    Jafferji Beach Retreat £73
    Jafferji Beach Retreat

    Jafferji Beach Retreat

    Matemwe, Matemwe
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      This Matemwe hotel is on the beach, 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Muyuni Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mnemba Island and Mapenzi Beach. Kiwengwa Beach and Kendwa Beach are also within 16 mi (25 km).

      Kasha Boutique Hotel £76
      Kasha Boutique Hotel

      Kasha Boutique Hotel

      Kigomani, Matemwe
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Matemwe hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Kigomani Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Muyuni Beach. Mnemba Island and Pwani Mchangani Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Zi Villa Zanzibar
        Zi Villa Zanzibar

        Zi Villa Zanzibar

        Matemwe, Matemwe, Unguja North Region
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Matemwe guesthouse is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Kigomani Beach and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Muyuni Beach. Mnemba Island and Pwani Mchangani Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Matemwe Retreat - All Inclusive £503
          Matemwe Retreat - All Inclusive

          Matemwe Retreat - All Inclusive

          Matemwe Beach, Matemwe, Zanzibar North Region
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nestled on the beach, this Matemwe resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kigomani Beach and Muyuni Beach. Mnemba Island and Pwani Mchangani Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            Matemwe Lodge £297
            Matemwe Lodge

            Matemwe Lodge

            Matemwe Beach, Northeast Coast, Matemwe, Zanzibar North Region
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Matemwe lodge is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kigomani Beach and Muyuni Beach. Mnemba Island and Mapenzi Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              SeVi Boutique Hotel £96
              SeVi Boutique Hotel

              SeVi Boutique Hotel

              Along Matemwe Beach, Matemwe, Unguja North
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nestled on the beach, this Matemwe hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kigomani Beach and Muyuni Beach. Mnemba Island and Pwani Mchangani Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                AHG Dream's Bay Boutique Hotel £100
                AHG Dream's Bay Boutique Hotel

                AHG Dream's Bay Boutique Hotel

                Unnamed Rd, Matemwe, Unguja North Region
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Matemwe resort is within a 15-minute walk of Kigomani Beach and Muyuni Beach. Mnemba Island and Mapenzi Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).