EXCLUSIVE WATER ACTIVITIES IN SHUNGIMBILI ISLAND MARINE RESERVE
You have exclusive use of the Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve surrounding Thanda Island and a superb choice of water and marine activities. At your disposal are our luxury 10m adventure vessel, Mwewe, custom-built by Italian master carpenters in Kenya; our 28-foot reef runner, deep-sea fishing cat, Real Magic; and our Cobalt motor cruiser, Island Princess, which is beautifully appointed with a luxurious cabin and cocktail bar. All three are commandeered by our trusted captain, ably assisted by our crew. Cruise around Thanda Island and the surrounding islands, sip on champagne and enjoy delicacies as you explore the magnificent marine reserve.
Swimming with Whale Sharks
One of the most emotional and spectacular ocean wonders you can ever experience is being up close with a whale shark, which can grow to an astonishing 18 metres. These harmless, gentle giants - the largest fish in the world and categorised by the IUCN as vulnerable to extinction - are an incredible part of the Thanda Island experience, as they feed just south of the Island from October to March. We are privileged to be able to share these beautiful creatures up close with you: you can either swim with them or view them from our luxury adventure vessel, ably commandeered by our trusted captain.
If you enjoy scuba diving at any level, or you would like to learn to scuba dive, we will arrange this for you with Mafia Island Diving, our accredited 5-star dive partner at Chole Bay on nearby Mafia Island. All dives are done from traditional Arab dhows in the Mafia Island Marine Park. The largest marine protected area in the Indian Ocean, it offers some of the most spectacular diving off the East African Coast, including an intriguing diversity of coral reefs, five species of turtles and 400 species of enchanting reef fish.
We have a resident snorkelling guide on Thanda Island who can take you on seven different snorkelling adventures around our Island. This can be enjoyed by all ages and novices. Marine turtles have frequently been sighted during snorkels, along with plenty of exciting marine species, including trumpet fish, threespot dascyllus, blue spotted stingray, jewel damselfish, cleaner wrasse, goldbar wrasse, reef needle fish and cornet fish.
Big Game Fishing
If you would like to do some big game fishing, our captain and fishing guide will lead your fishing expedition on Real Magic to seek out iconic catch-and-release species or to bring home the catch of the day for our chefs to prepare for your lunch or dinner. Our guides are very passionate about all types of fishing and go out of their way to make sure you have the best possible experience. Children are also welcome to fish or learn how to fish. The fishing season is from September to March, with Sailfish from November to January.
Sailing, Paddling and Kayaking
Explore the reefs around your island in a kayak, sailboat or on your stand-up paddle board. We can also organise a sailing trip on a traditional Arab fishing dhow. Enjoy a power ride on one of our jet-skis or go wake-boarding behind our speed boat, Island Princess.
Cruise the Islands
Cruise around Thanda Island and the surrounding islands in Thanda's boat, beautifully appointed with a luxurious cabin, cocktail bar, dedicated waiter and a music system with a wide range of song choice. Sip on champagne and enjoy Island delicacies as you explore the magnificent marine reserves.