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Thanda Island Tours

Thanda Island one of the world’s most exotic Island getaways which evolved as a dream to find a remote and uninhabited Tropical Island in East Africa coast. Featuring one luxurious private villa and two traditional bandas (beach chalets) facing the Indian Ocean, it is very secluded and enjoys prime location with fantastic views of the private marine park where guests have a rare opportunity to watch sea turtle nesting and swim with whale sharks. Apart from swimming, guests can dive in the marine reserve park, indulge in Arabian and Swahili feasts, get a massage, or soak in a copper bath on the beach, to mention but a few. Situated 30km east of Tanzania mainland, Thanda Island is accessed through helicopter transfer from Dar es Salaam International Airport directly to the Island or through charter plane to Mafia Island from where you can reach the Island by boat. 

Island getaway

Away from the hassles of town and stressful life, escape to one of the world’s best kept secret getaways and enjoy the magical, pristine, and natural setting entirely for you with total privacy. On your arrival at Thanda Island, the Indian Ocean instantly becomes your home. Relax and enjoy the history of this hidden gem shared by the European family who together with the friendly and ever-smiling staff are the custodians of this sanctuary and the surrounding marine reserve. You are perfectly set to enjoy delicious meals and a feeling of adventure at the iconic property where family and friends reconnect and spend time together.

Exotic Dining

Enjoy breakfast on the beach, romantic dinners and bonfires, ocean picnics or the spicy Tanzanian cuisine they will deliver what you desire. At Thanda Island everything is fresh. The chefs have set high value on healthy food. They prepare fresh meals from fresh herbs and fruits picked from the Island’s Garden. If you are a fan of seafood and fish, then this is the place to be. Their menu has a selection of delectable fish and seafood dishes such as fish carpaccio, sashimi, sushi, prawn curries, lobsters that are freshly caught from Mafia Island and more. You can also enjoy the Swahili feasts and famous Thanda Island Pizza.


Once you step onto Thanda Island, time flies, so it’s important to make it count. Participate in yoga and wellness sessions in their beautiful outdoor sala facing the Indian Ocean to enhance your wellness. They offer exceptional spa experience which include signature massages, facial and body treatments which you can book according to your needs. They have therapists from Mafia Island and Dar es Salaam who use a range of natural and non-allergenic products to rejuvenate your body to the fullest. Your personal wellness specialist guides you into a more heartfelt relaxation during your stay at Thanda Island.


  • 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.

  • Once in a lifetime experience

    Fantastic staff, amazing food and memories for life. Thanda Island offers a “once in a lifetime experience” every day. Can’t wait to come back. Highly recommended.

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • This is where magic happens

    Absolutely the most amazing place on earth. This is where magic happens. Great food, highest quality on the rooms, and extremely friendly staff. Everything packed on this paradise island where you can choose if you just want to relax or activate yourself with for example tennis, yoga, different watersports and swimming with whale sharks.

    Ted Malm
  • Excellent Service

    Beautiful island with excellent food and friendly staff! Many activities for example yoga with Sandra and whaleshark adventure. Magic!

    A TripAdvisor Member

Fast Facts

  • Location: Thanda Island, Tanzania
  • Internet connection:Mobile reception & WiFi Available
  • FansBoth fans & Aircon
  • Number of rooms:1 Luxurious Villa, 2 Beach Chalets
  • Child policy:Children of all ages are welcome
  • Swimming poolYes

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