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Fanjove Island Tours

Accessed by flight via Mafia Island, Fanjove Island is located south of Dar es Salaam part of the Songosongo Archipelago off the coast of Southern Tanzania. It is an extremely beautiful gem set in the middle of the massive waters for an intimate hideaway. As a secluded island, guests share Fanjove with the abundant resident marine life and the dedicated staff who complement guests experience of a lifetime. Stay in the understated eco-friendly chic bandas set in complete harmony with palm fringed surroundings a few steps from the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Exquisite Natural Setting

The secluded and exclusive Fanjove Island enjoys a prime location surrounded by the shimmering water, powder-white sands and swaying palm trees. The short coastal rains that fall between November and December bring about springtime on the island bursting plant life and flowers followed by insects and stunning variety of birdlife. Wake up with the call of birdsong on a cool morning see breeze with the whole Island to yourself.

Great watersport activities

While relaxing and refreshing at Fanjove Island is a must, it is recommended to make the most of the surrounding natural environment. There is a wide range of activities including the exceptional diving and snorkeling in the warm Indian Ocean. Snorkel from the shore or get on the boat with one of their expert guides for your diving experience and spectacular sightings of Butterfly fish, Angelfish, Damselfish, and various wonders of the sea world.

Sustainable Conservation

Fanjove Island is highly committed to ensuring the sustainability of the island and aim to not just create as minimal footprint as possible, but to positively impact the environment and ecosystems in this special part of the world. They are very instrumental in ending illegal practice of dynamic fishing, Coconut crab monitoring and conservation, ethical and sustainable fishing practices, Reef restoration and management of turtle nests.

LOW Season: 1 Nov – 31 May

HIGH Season: 1 Jun – 31 Oct



  • Lush green scenery and best sunsets
  • Flowers and birds galore
  • Few tourists
  • Cheaper rates


  • Beautiful green scenery after rains
  • Fantastic photography opportunities
  • Dry weather
  • Mild temperatures


  • Warm/hot temperatures
  • Best for snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing
  • Whale watching
  • Dry weather

Category Ranges:
$: USD 0 – USD250/pppn
$$: USD 251 – USD600/pppn
$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
$$$$: USD1,001+/pppn

The price categories give you an idea of the nightly cost per person for this accommodation.

  • Superb Experience

    We were a large group that literally took over the island after a Essential Destinations safari in Ruaha and Selous in early February 2019. Wilson and the staff welcomed us not as an invading army but as old friends. The bandas had great ocean views and lots of hot water. We ran out of superlatives for Chef Michael’s dishes. Every meal was astounding. Hakim dialed us in for snorkeling right off the beach. Folks went fishing and we had barracuda for lunch. The staff was wonderful. Bare feet in the warm sand of Fanjove is the way to end any safari in southern Tanzania. We will be back!

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • Incredible Island Paradise

    “Most amazing 4 day stay in paradise. Expectations were exceeded. Thirteen friends took over the entire island inhabiting all 6 bandas with a truly amazing staff taking care of our every need. Thank you Wilson for your exceptional hospitality and big smile. Hakim, for your enthusiasm and keeping us busy with activities and chef extraordinaire Abdul and his right hand man Michael for treating us to culinary miracles. The wait staff … top notch!! Everyone!! A total dream team. We enjoyed sundowners on the Dhow, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, fishing, lounging in the shade with a good book, cocktail hours, walks around the island. Every meal was truly amazing. We enjoyed the open air bandas with coffee delivered every morning. If you’re looking for a relaxing end to a safari trip or a romantic getaway …. come to Fanjove Island!” – Sockeyefran, February 2019

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • Beautiful and isolated

    The rooms have great views of the sunrise and some are more sheltered from the wind during different times of the year. Snorkelling is absolutely fantastic, even off the beach – no need to have a boat trip to a snorkelling spot. The dolphin excursion is well worth it. The dolphins are not harassed and to swim next to them is a wonderful experience.

    A TripAdvisor Member

Fast Facts

  • Location: Fanjove Island, Songosongo Archipelago, Tanzania
  • Internet connection:No
  • Fans/Air ConFans
  • Number of rooms:6 eco bandas
  • Child policy:6+ years
  • Swimming poolNo

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