Ocean excursions and water activities.


Our island experience gives you an incredible choice of thrilling water adventures, excursions and activities, including swimming with whale sharks, scuba diving, island tennis and exploring ancient Arabic history. At the same time, Thanda Island immerses you in pure, natural pleasures… strolling along your own private 1100 metre beach, dining on ocean-fresh seafood or exploring the 5-hectare island where the only sign of human habitation is the occasional, traditional fishing dhow in the distance.
Infuse your being with the warmth of the sunshine, the glitter on the water and the character of the people. Swim with the gentle whale shark; dive in the largest marine protected reserve in the Indian Ocean; ride the trade winds on a traditional Arab dhow; indulge in a Swahili or Arabian feast; have a massage or copper bath on the beach.

Luxury Island experiences.


Water Adventures

You have exclusive use of the Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve surrounding Thanda Island and a superb choice of water and marine activities. A boathouse full of equipment is yours to enjoy, and a boatman is dedicated to you as your personal guide.


Explore Tanzania and its islands, which speak of the region’s rich history, including the legendary Spice Island of Zanzibar. From the early 18th century, Zanzibar was the centre of trade on the East African coast as well as the Sultan of Oman’s Court and Capital. Discover marine turtles in the protected marine park of Chole Bay near Mafia Island, along with whale sharks. Explore eleventh-century ruins on Mafia and experience its traditional boat-building and clay pot craftsmen.

Island Activities

You’ll never find yourself wondering what to do on and around Thanda Island. Quite the opposite, we have made sure that all our guests – those who want to relax and those who want to be on the go all day – have everything they could wish for on a perfect private island.

Exotic Dining

Dining on Thanda Island Luxury Island is a taste adventure of the region’s delectable cuisine. Enjoy lunch al fresco on the beach or on a traditional Arab dhow. Indulge in ocean-fresh seafood and experience a Swahili feast dedicated to the flavours, spices and aromas of Tanzania. Join our Chefs in making your own Italian pizza, cooked in our hand-built pizza oven. Travel by boat for an adventure feast on neighbouring Mbarakuni Island, or gather around the Villa’s magnificent dining table for a royal feast.


Wellness and happiness is the Thanda Island ethos and we go out of our way to ensure our guests experience a profound sense of wellbeing on Thanda Island. From our delicious, healthy dining to relaxing yoga sessions to our spa treatments, you’ll feel refreshed and revived here. Given the absolute privacy you enjoy on the Island, all treatments can be done on the beach, in the privacy of your suite or wherever you choose.

“If you simply want to experience paradise on Earth, this is the place.”