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Thanda Island, The Ultimate Summer Escape

Discover Thanda Island, the epitome of reclusiveness and tranquillity, nestled within Tanzania’s Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve. This exclusive-use private island beckons those seeking the perfect summer getaway. Unwind in the spacious five-bedroom villa, complete with a gym, patio, infinity pool, and library, while two authentic beach Banda’s lie just steps away providing four more spacious rooms. The island spoils its guests with a wealth of amenities, including a tennis court, ocean-front yoga pavilion, helipad, helicopter, Sea Lion super yacht, and a fully equipped boat house.

At Thanda Island, the realm of possibilities knows no bounds. The welcoming community of staff captivates hearts, curating bespoke itineraries of thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experiences to be cherished in complete privacy. Dive into the depths off the coast of East Africa’s rich marine life, exploring its hidden wonders. Soar above the azure waters and behold breath-taking panoramas with tours in Thanda’s very own helicopter or indulge in serene relaxation as the traditional copper bath await in the island’s most secluded corner. Embark on exhilarating deep-sea fishing cruises or dive alongside majestic whale sharks – just a glimpse of the adventure that awaits.

With exceptional environmental policies, Thanda Island dedicates itself to safeguarding the species and environment of the Indian Ocean. Explore the underwater realm with Thanda’s on-site Marine Biologist, Rianne Laan, on ethical whale shark excursions and conservation-focused activities. Even the diving gear reflects their commitment to sustainability, as the rash vests are crafted from recycled plastic. Thanda Island is not only dedicated to providing a haven of luxury; it also strives to make a meaningful difference within the local community. By promoting educational programs on sustainable fishing and marine conservation in partnership with local organizations, Thanda Island actively contributes to a brighter future for the people of neighbouring Mafia Island. Through career opportunities, economic upliftment programs, and sporting activities, they shape a prosperous tomorrow for Mafia’s youngest generation.

Rates start from $33,000 (approx.  £28,000 per night) per night. Minimum stay five nights. For more information, visit

Published 05th June 2023

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