Zanzibar has the most incredible diving spot; it is located in the Mnemba Island. The diving spot here has a coral reef that is still quite intact. The fish of Indian Ocean can be found here. Blocks of hard coral and soft coral are embedded in the beach’s white sand.
This island is actually a small sized private island. It is located around three miles from the Indian Ocean’s north-east coast. Only the guests of Mnemba Island Lodge are allowed to visit the island. If you accidentally step on the island, you will be charged.
- 1 The Wonderful Lodge at Zanzibar Mnemba Island
- 2 Stay in a Luxurious Resort on a Private Island
- 3 Explore the Beauty of This Earth
The Wonderful Lodge at Zanzibar Mnemba Island
The lodge on this island is owned by the famous Bill Gates. It is a luxurious resort that has 10 private bungalows. Since it is owned by a famous person, you may be wondering how much money you should spend to rent a room there. Don’t worry, you’ll find the details you need down here.
If you are not interested in visiting the island, you can still enjoy snorkeling around the island. Just make sure you stay in the water and don’t get close to the island. Just to make sure that you won’t get charged for accidentally touching the island with your feet.
Here are some snorkeling tips for you who want to know how adorable what’s under Mnemba Island is.
1. Make sure you clean your mask
The snorkeling mask must be cleaned before you start snorkeling. Use toothbrush and toothpaste to clean the mask. Then scrub your mask in the hot water. Make sure it is completely rinsed. If the lens of your mask is not made of glass, use the dish soap and washcloth to clean the plastic mask.
2. Avoid touching the coral
No, no charge for touching the coral. But coral is a precious living organism. You should not stand on the coral. Always look down when you are snorkeling in order to make sure that your legs don’t kick anything under the water. Do not stand on rocks. Those rocks may be a vulnerable organism.
3. Put on the biodegradable sunscreen
That kind of sunscreen is much better for our ecosystem. Many sunscreens contain octinoxate and oxybenzone, two most dangerous ingredients for coral reefs. The chemicals in sunscreen can bleach the coral.
Some other harmful ingredients for coral reefs are including PABA, avobenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, and preservatives like butylparaben. Try to avoid sunscreens that contain harmful chemicals and oils.
4. Stay away from the sea creatures
Marine life or sea creatures can be hazardous. Several species can be poisonous while the others may react defensively and cause injury to them or to you. Also, avoid feeding the fishes. They can find their own food. Feeding fishes will throw off the natural balance.
5. Leave everything under the water
Whatever you see under the water must stay under the water, including the sands, coral fragment, starfish, shells, and sea urchins. Even though something seems dead, it doesn’t mean you are allowed to bring it home. Leave everything in its place.
Those are everything you must keep in your mind when you’re planning to go snorkeling in Mnemba Island. If you want to stay on the island, keep reading to find the complete details about the famous resort you can find on the island.
Stay in a Luxurious Resort on a Private Island
Before booking the most impressive accommodation on this private island, you need to know not only the rates but also check the reviews left by previous guests or visitors. Make sure the money you spend gives you something that is really worthy.
The lodge for rent on the island has crazy rates. Each person needs to pay 1155 USD per night. Average citizen of Zanzibar must work about 4 to 6 years just to get enough money to spend only a room of hotels per night on the private island. What a crazy rate! What will you get with that money?
One of the incredible bungalows is called Sunset Kendwa. It wasn’t the suite of Bill Gates, but that one has cozy interiors and an extremely nice terrace. There are some Arabic touches around the bungalow. When booking the hotel, make sure you book the tours that will bring you everywhere easily.
Here are some tours you can book before visiting the island:
1. Seven wonders tour
This tour will take 7 days and 7 nights exploring Mnemba Island. The price starts from 10,340 USD, per person. This tour gives you a private accommodation, private transfers that will bring you to the beach destination exclusively, and inclusive private experience.
2. Discovering East Africa tour
If you want a longer tour, consider this one. This 10-day tour is going to bring you exploring Rwanda, Tanzania, Zanzibar. The cost of this tour will start from 14,738 USD per person. The tour includes accommodation, insurance for emergency medical evacuation, administration fee, and others.
But if you are planning to stay only 5 days or less on the island, you may want to explore the private island by yourself. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling around the island whether the tide is high or low. It is safe for everyone but make sure you keep your eyes on your little ones.
Watching the turtle nesting and turtle hatching, seeing the beauty of endemic species in the Indian Ocean and some dolphins, are some incredible things you can do while waiting for the sunset at the beach of this private island. Don’t you want to book the private bungalow right now?
Explore the Beauty of This Earth
One thing that will make your vacation to Mnemba Island more exciting is checking on the forecast. Make sure the weather is perfect on the days you’ll be spending your time on the island, especially if you want to do many outdoor things.
Mnemba Island has a beautiful friend named Bom Bom Island. Well, they’re not so close. But they have similar incredible beauty you need to witness while you still can explore the Earth. See you on another time when we’ll see more details about this amazing island.