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Mnemba Island
The epitomé of rustic bare foot luxury on it's own private island.

Mnemba Island Lodge is a private island lodge off the North East coast of Zanzibar. There are just ten luxury Bandas with private beach front Salas, a dive school and two dive boats. Everything about your stay at Mnemba is tailored to you and your pace of relaxation and exploration.

Faultless in every aspect, this exclusive island offers guests an experience so entwined with the island’s natural habitat that there really is no comparable place on earth.

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This hotel is available throughout the year. Below are some prices for holidays on selected dates intended as a guide:

£76706 Nights at Mnemba Island for 2 people.
Includes all meals and drinks, land and boat transfers and 2 dives per day.
Valid: 1st November to 20th December

Subject to availability. International flights to be quoted separately.


  • Excellent location for Snorkelling and Diving.
  • Nature lover's paradise, green turtle lay their eggs on the beaches all year round.
  • Idyllic rustic luxury at its very best.
  • Private island setting with strong conservation credentials and protected status.

Right for you?

  • Mnemba is a small eco lodge and as such does not have many mod cons such as air conditioning, tennis courts, nor gym. If you would miss these things Mnemba, is not for you.

? What is the diving / snorkelling like around Mnemba Island?
In a word, Amazing. Easily a contender for the best site along the whole of the East African coast. Not only does the Mnemba Atoll have an impressive abundance and diversity of marine life, but also boasts crystal clear waters from which to view this underwater world.

$$$$$Prices for Mnemba Island start at: $675 per person per night, including 2 dives per day, all meals and drinks, during Low Season.
Depending when you travel to $1500 per person per night during Peak Season.
Check rates for your dates: 0843 634 2258

Price Promise: We guarantee that booking with us is cheaper than with the hotel direct and we will beat any other operator, agency or website.


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Mnemba Island - The Details

The island lies within a Marine Sanctuary and is the only protected environment for nesting green turtles that come ashore year round to lay their eggs. Females lay eggs in dug out nests above the high tide line on the beach. Up to 100 eggs will hatch some 60 days later and this is a wondrous sight to behold which many guests get to experience, especially during February and March. The waters off the Mnemba atoll teem with life from the shallows lapping the powder white sand to the depths of the ocean. From tiny reef fish to dolphins and hump back whales, a marine lover’s paradise awaits all guests. Diving and snorkelling equipment is provided free of charge and certified divers have two daily dives included in their stay. For those who prefer to swim or snorkel, access from the beach is fantastic or boats take guests to reefs further away from the shoreline. The dive school offers courses for beginners and experienced divers as well as guiding.

Aside from the ocean and her vibrant inhabitants, the island itself is home to many species of rare and endangered animals; particularly the beautiful Aders Duiker (known as Nunga in Swahili). These small antelopes, along with the tiny Suni antelopes, live in the forest at the centre of the island and can be spotted wandering among the gardens of the bandas.

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Room Descriptions & Facilities

Set slightly back from the beach for privacy, each of the ten luxury Bandas are constructed using traditional methods of thatch and weave with materials indigenous to the island. Though the Bandas have large open sided lounges with sweeping ocean views, they also have a private beach Sala with day beds which are perfect for sunbathing and relaxing whist exploring the beach or snorkelling. The large open lounge leads through to your bedroom with a canopied bed draped in fabrics and an expansive bathroom with double basins, separate toilet and glass beaded shower (fresh water is pumped from the islands own desalination plant). There are ceiling fans, though the breeze from the beach is a natural coolant and each banda has its own bar which can be stocked to reflect your tastes.

Resort Service & Facilities

The guest relaxation areas are understated and elegant. Open thatched lounge and dining areas are furnished with deep pillows and low wooden tables, naturally with magnificent ocean views. Meals are served where and when you decide though typically breakfast is brought to your Banda, lunch served under the dining thatch and dinner served on the beach at fully dressed tables with traditional lanterns and a sky blanketed with stars.

The facilities of the lodge are not technological, they are of the earth. The dive centre provides all the equipment you could possibly need for exploring the ocean. For those wishing to sail, fish, take in the sites of Zanzibar or simply adventure inland, the lodge staff are always at hand to arrange this for you.

Community & Conservation

Mnemba Island Lodge belongs to a family of small luxury lodges with an ethos of low impact, high yield conservation initiatives. They work to protect and care for large bio diverse land and island environments whilst supporting the wildlife and local communities. Mnemba Island itself sponsors local fishermen to protect the surrounding reefs and has a desalination plant to provide fresh water for the island.

Current initiatives include an ‘experimental fish aggregating device’ project to attract deep ocean fish to FADs, in order to enable local fishermen to obtain sufficient tuna and other species away from the fragile reefs, thus reducing their impact on the coral environments. Suni Antelope have been transported across to Jozaani Forest on Zanzibar to improve the species status on the Island and Mnemba staff monitor and record data on the green turtles breeding activities for scientists and local marine biologists. Though Mnemba has no local community on the island, the villages of Matemwe and Kigini over in Unguja are supported with school programmes; to educate the youth through interactive and exciting conservation lessons. Vegetable gardens have been well established and a windmill has also been erected on the island.

Mnemba Island Lodge - Opinions and Reviews

Unlike many operators we not only visit all the hotels we offer regularly but we also stay in them. Please find a few hints, tips and opinions from our staff plus some genuine feedback from our clients below.

I was lucky enough to spend 2 nights here recently, and surely there are very few places you can visit quite like Mnemba Island. It is so peaceful and slow paced, time really does stand still. The villas are beautiful, spacious and airy. They are very open to the elements and you feel very close to nature.

The service is incredible, the line between a friendly yet professional butler was perfect. It all made sense when I discovered the average time a butler has worked there is 12 years.

Be it once in a lifetime, or your yearly special trip, Mnemba will always remain with you.



We are THE Zanzibar experts and would be happy to discuss anything from this page and more anytime on 0843 634 2258.

Check prices & availability for your dates:

Need more info?

We are THE Zanzibar experts and would be happy to discuss anything from this page and more anytime on 01227 753 180

Price Promise: We guarantee that booking with us is cheaper than with the hotel direct and we will beat any other operator, agency or website.

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About Us

Pure Zanzibar Ltd
Registered in the UK
Company No. 5905581
ATOL Protected: No. 10212

Pure Zanzibar was started in 2006 and is still owner run and 100% independent.

We favor smaller more intimate lodges and camps and know the island better than anyone else.

Get in touch

Give us a call on:
01227 753 180
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