Thanda Island is one of the world’s most exclusive island getaways, a paradise for guests to enjoy in complete privacy with family and friends. Situated within Tanzania’s Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve, the surrounding seas are home to the gentle whale shark, sea turtles, dolphins and dugongs. One private villa with five suites accommodating ten adults plus nine additional children sharing. On request, there is an option to accommodate up to four guests each in two traditional Tanzanian Bandas (double-storey beach chalets).
8ha in size, 1,1km in circumference and 350m wide, the Island is surrounded by coral reefs which protect it from stormy seas. Depending on the season, guests may be able to watch turtles nesting and their eggs hatching. Five species of marine turtles occur in Tanzania’s waters. These include green, hawksbill, loggerhead, olive ridley and leatherback turtles. Two species – green and hawksbill – have recently returned to nest on the Island. All are categorised by the IUCN as endangered or critically endangered species.
The whale shark, the largest fish in the world, feeds just south of Thanda Island. Its size, gentle nature and tendency to swim at the surface at known sites make it a focal species for marine tourism. Guests are encouraged to rest, rejuvenate and enjoy a variety of water and island activities as they explore this remarkable sanctuary. ©Thanda Island.
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