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&Beyond Mnemba Island

A truly remote and exclusive barefoot paradise

&Beyond Mnemba Island

Privately owned &Beyond Mnemba Island is a real gem, laced with soft, white-sand beaches and surrounded by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. From the moment you land, time seems to stop and your senses are heightened – that's how far you are from city mayhem. With just 10 private beach bandas that somehow manage to combine rustic simplicity with utter luxury, you can be as active, or not, as you wish. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, take star-lit dinners on the beach and visit the dive centre to explore the coral reefs and their colourful fish.

At the lodge

The hotel

Cushions and comfort are the best way to describe the bar area, which is right on the beach, and the staff are laid-back but very attentive. The bar is backed by a curtain of turquoise glass beads that echo the colour of the ocean at its front. Drink your favourite cocktail with the sand between your toes. Lunches are served in the cool, shaded guest area, and dinners are presented on the beach.

The rooms

There are just 10 simple thatched bandas with all the comforts you could wish for. Each has an enormous mosquito-netted bed set under a fan, a spacious bathroom complete with a stone shower with a glass-beaded curtain, comfortable seating and a covered veranda on which to laze and read or simply lose yourself in the ocean views.

On safari

Experiences

The fully equipped dive centre is at the centre of the action, offering everything you need for snorkelling, sea-kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. If it's fishing that excites you, then fly-fishing and deep-sea fishing trips are also available. If you're visiting between February and September, take a guided visit to see threatened green turtles nesting. Look out for dolphins, whale sharks (the world's biggest fish), lots of birds and 600-odd species of coral reef fish. Or chill with a massage on the beach.

When to go

Zanzibar by month

January

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are reasonably hot, with little rainfall at this time of year.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

February

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are reasonably hot, with little rainfall at this time of year.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

March

Season: Wet
  • The weather is not good over this period with high temperatures and plenty of rain, often in the form of storms.
  • Diving is not ideal during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

April

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high and windy, with rainfall continually falling over this period.
  • Diving is not idea during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

May

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high and windy, with rainfall continually falling over this period.
  • Diving is not ideal during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

June

Season: Dry
  • At the end of the wet season, temperatures are cooler, wind can still be strong with sporadic rainfall across the month.
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Be aware that many local restaurants and stores close during the period of Ramadan.

July

Season: Dry
  • Diving is is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • Be aware that many local restaurants and stores close during the period of Ramadan.

August

Season: Dry
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.

September

Season: Dry
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • There is the possibility of whale watching, as an added bonus during this time of year.
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.

October

Season: Dry
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • There is the possibility of whale watching, as an added bonus during this time of year.

November

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot with the arrival of the summer rains and wind.
  • If you are a keen fisherman, billfish fishing season kicks off.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

December

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are hot with the arrival of the summer rains and wind.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • Diving is not at its best but decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.

Wildlife


In the gin-clear ocean around Zanzibar, marvel at bright corals with over 450 species of tropical fish, octopus, stingrays, moray eels, green turtles, hawksbill turtles, dolphins, humpback whales, and if you are very lucky: whales sharks and manta rays. In the coastal forests, spot the colobus and Sykes monkeys, bush babies, more than 50 species of butterfly, as well as brilliant bird species.

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