You have 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 simple, natural pleasures… strolling along your own private 1,1km beach, dining on ocean-fresh seafood or exploring the 8ha Island where the only sign of human habitation is the occasional, traditional fishing dhow in the distance.

Water Adventures

Thanda Island is your very own aquatic playground. Dive in the legendary Mafia Island Marine Park, swim and snorkel in the translucent, tropical waters with intriguing coral reefs, marine turtles and tropical fish; explore the island in a kayak or canoe. A boathouse full of equipment is yours to enjoy, and a boatman is dedicated to you as your personal guide.

Thanda Classic Cruise

Combine your stay on Thanda Island with another truly unique experience - a Thanda Classic Cruise on Over the Rainbow of London. Explore the regions’ network of islands and turquoise waters on this majestic 115ft/35m, four-berth vessel and experience true African hospitality. Whether you choose to dive, snorkel and discover the islands of Chole Bay, Mafia and Zanzibar, or relax on the atmospheric deck with champagne and infinite ocean views, our captain and crew will create your one-of-a-kind classic cruise. Come and enjoy the spirit of adventure.

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.


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. Discover marine turtles in the protected marine park of Chole Bay near Mafia Island, along with dugongs, dolphins, and whale sharks. Explore eleventh century ruins on Mafia and experience its traditional boat-building and clay pot craftsmen.


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.

Exotic Dining

Dining on Thanda 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 seafoods 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 round the Villa’s magnificent dining table for a royal feast.


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