Awarded: Bronze

This beautifully remote island location in the popular Zanzibar Archipelago is surrounded by deep waters teeming with wildlife, appealing to experienced divers and nature-seekers alike


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Location

Fundu Lagoon sits on a small hill on the western coast of Pemba Island, a beach resort that doesn’t see the steady flow of tourism of neighbouring Zanzibar but which nonetheless has a strong reputation in a competitive marketplace. Fundu Lagoon offers the desirable ‘wilderness’ factor often lost from beach retreats, making it one of our favourite properties in the East African region.

The Rooms

All rooms at Fundu Lagoon overlook the water, capitalising on the island’s position in one of the few places in Eastern Africa to observe coastal sunsets. 12 standard rooms are available, as well as two suites and two “superior” suites, all involving a tented safari-style lodge with veranda, lounge, en-suite bathroom and rustic decoration. The rooms are all rather open, and perhaps not ideal for those wanting to escape nature completely.

Communal Areas

Amongst the hotel’s communal areas are a superb infinity pool overlooking both forest and sea, three bars, a jetty, and spa and yoga facilities. The main lounge area is raised above the beach, with thatched roof and natural materials sympathetic to the surroundings.

Fundu does not offer a picture-perfect white beach; it is dependent on tidal changes and therefore unpredictable in size and water clarity. This is, however, typical of the Pemba area, and the beach is quiet and well-maintained, with loungers provided by the hotel. A short (and exhilaratingly James Bond-esque) speedboat journey takes you to Misali Island, with it’s phenomenal beach.

Activities

Water-based activities are central here, with an excellent PADI 5 star dive centre that is fully equipped and staffed by highly experienced divers. The steep drop of Pemba’s reefs and its strong currents mean that diving here is best reserved for experienced divers. A local conservation programme has been successful in protecting the native hammerhead shark and dolphins, which are regularly sighted in the area. Other activities include sunset boat trips, village tours, kayaking and deep-sea fishing.

All Inclusive

Accommodation
Breakfast, lunch and evening meal
All house drinks (except premium imported brands and champagne)
Unguided mangrove canoe safaris
Snorkelling equipment
Village treks
Laundry service

When to go

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DRY SEASON

A brief interlude of dry and sunny weather before the more intense long rains arrive in late March.

This is a great time of year to scuba-dive or snorkel, with water visibility usually over 20 meters.

Its proximity to the equator and position on the Indian Coastline means that Pemba Island has a tropical climate with consistent warm-to-hot temperatures throughout the year. The maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C/90°F through the majority of the year. Mornings are more pleasant at 22°C/72°F on average.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania; Pemba Island is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’ takes place between March and May, while the milder short rains take place between October and December. Between these are two drier spells, January – February and June – October.

DRY SEASON

A brief interlude of dry and sunny weather before the more intense long rains arrive in late March.

This is a great time of year to scuba-dive or snorkel, with water visibility usually over 20 meters.

Its proximity to the equator and position on the Indian Coastline means that Pemba Island has a tropical climate with consistent warm-to-hot temperatures throughout the year. The maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C/90°F through the majority of the year. Mornings are more pleasant at 22°C/72°F on average.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania; Pemba Island is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’ takes place between March and May, while the milder short rains take place between October and December. Between these are two drier spells, January – February and June – October.

DRY SEASON

A brief interlude of dry and sunny weather before the more intense long rains arrive in late March.

This is a great time of year to scuba-dive or snorkel, with water visibility usually over 20 meters.

Its proximity to the equator and position on the Indian Coastline means that Pemba Island has a tropical climate with consistent warm-to-hot temperatures throughout the year. The maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C/90°F through the majority of the year. Mornings are more pleasant at 22°C/72°F on average.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania; Pemba Island is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’ takes place between March and May, while the milder short rains take place between October and December. Between these are two drier spells, January – February and June – October.

WET SEASON - 'LONG RAINS'

The beginning and end of the rains varies each year, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is often characterised by overcast skies, consecutive days of rain, and relatively strong winds. Water clarity can also be quite poor due to weather conditions. Overall this is a poor time of year visit, though bargains can be found with the relatively cheap low-season rates.

Its proximity to the equator and position on the Indian Coastline means that Pemba Island has a tropical climate with consistent warm-to-hot temperatures throughout the year. The maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C/90°F through the majority of the year. Mornings are more pleasant at 22°C/72°F on average.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania; Pemba Island is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’ takes place between March and May, while the milder short rains take place between October and December. Between these are two drier spells, January – February and June – October.

WET SEASON - 'LONG RAINS'

The beginning and end of the rains varies each year, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is often characterised by overcast skies, consecutive days of rain, and relatively strong winds. Water clarity can also be quite poor due to weather conditions. Overall this is a poor time of year visit, though bargains can be found with the relatively cheap low-season rates.

Its proximity to the equator and position on the Indian Coastline means that Pemba Island has a tropical climate with consistent warm-to-hot temperatures throughout the year. The maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C/90°F through the majority of the year. Mornings are more pleasant at 22°C/72°F on average.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania; Pemba Island is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’ takes place between March and May, while the milder short rains take place between October and December. Between these are two drier spells, January – February and June – October.

DRY SEASON

This period marks the main dry season, when clear skies and stable weather conditions dominate. Water clarity also tends to be very good and allows for excellent scuba-diving and snorkelling conditions. This is one of the best times of the year to visit Pemba Island.

Its proximity to the equator and position on the Indian Coastline means that Pemba Island has a tropical climate with consistent warm-to-hot temperatures throughout the year. The maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C/90°F through the majority of the year. Mornings are more pleasant at 22°C/72°F on average.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania; Pemba Island is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’ takes place between March and May, while the milder short rains take place between October and December. Between these are two drier spells, January – February and June – October.

DRY SEASON

This period marks the main dry season, when clear skies and stable weather conditions dominate. Water clarity also tends to be very good and allows for excellent scuba-diving and snorkelling conditions. This is one of the best times of the year to visit Pemba Island.

Its proximity to the equator and position on the Indian Coastline means that Pemba Island has a tropical climate with consistent warm-to-hot temperatures throughout the year. The maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C/90°F through the majority of the year. Mornings are more pleasant at 22°C/72°F on average.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania; Pemba Island is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’ takes place between March and May, while the milder short rains take place between October and December. Between these are two drier spells, January – February and June – October.

DRY SEASON

This period marks the main dry season, when clear skies and stable weather conditions dominate. Water clarity also tends to be very good and allows for excellent scuba-diving and snorkelling conditions. This is one of the best times of the year to visit Pemba Island.

Its proximity to the equator and position on the Indian Coastline means that Pemba Island has a tropical climate with consistent warm-to-hot temperatures throughout the year. The maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C/90°F through the majority of the year. Mornings are more pleasant at 22°C/72°F on average.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania; Pemba Island is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’ takes place between March and May, while the milder short rains take place between October and December. Between these are two drier spells, January – February and June – October.

DRY SEASON

This period marks the main dry season, when clear skies and stable weather conditions dominate. Water clarity also tends to be very good and allows for excellent scuba-diving and snorkelling conditions. This is one of the best times of the year to visit Pemba Island.

Its proximity to the equator and position on the Indian Coastline means that Pemba Island has a tropical climate with consistent warm-to-hot temperatures throughout the year. The maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C/90°F through the majority of the year. Mornings are more pleasant at 22°C/72°F on average.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania; Pemba Island is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’ takes place between March and May, while the milder short rains take place between October and December. Between these are two drier spells, January – February and June – October.

DRY SEASON

This period marks the main dry season, when clear skies and stable weather conditions dominate. Water clarity also tends to be very good and allows for excellent scuba-diving and snorkelling conditions. This is one of the best times of the year to visit Pemba Island.

Its proximity to the equator and position on the Indian Coastline means that Pemba Island has a tropical climate with consistent warm-to-hot temperatures throughout the year. The maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C/90°F through the majority of the year. Mornings are more pleasant at 22°C/72°F on average.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania; Pemba Island is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’ takes place between March and May, while the milder short rains take place between October and December. Between these are two drier spells, January – February and June – October.

WET SEASON - 'SHORT RAINS'

Weather in this season can be rather unpredictable, with sunshine interspersed with occasional heavy showers and thunderstorms. Though still considered the wet season, the rains are not as intense during this period as during the long rains. Water clarity can be good (if unpredictable), making for potentially great scuba-diving and snorkelling conditions.

Its proximity to the equator and position on the Indian Coastline means that Pemba Island has a tropical climate with consistent warm-to-hot temperatures throughout the year. The maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C/90°F through the majority of the year. Mornings are more pleasant at 22°C/72°F on average.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania; Pemba Island is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’ takes place between March and May, while the milder short rains take place between October and December. Between these are two drier spells, January – February and June – October.

WET SEASON - 'SHORT RAINS'

Weather in this season can be rather unpredictable, with sunshine interspersed with occasional heavy showers and thunderstorms. Though still considered the wet season, the rains are not as intense during this period as during the long rains. Water clarity can be good (if unpredictable), making for potentially great scuba-diving and snorkelling conditions.

Its proximity to the equator and position on the Indian Coastline means that Pemba Island has a tropical climate with consistent warm-to-hot temperatures throughout the year. The maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C/90°F through the majority of the year. Mornings are more pleasant at 22°C/72°F on average.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania; Pemba Island is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’ takes place between March and May, while the milder short rains take place between October and December. Between these are two drier spells, January – February and June – October.

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