Mnemba Island Lodge

private island paradise

NB: Mnemba Island Lodge is closed for refurbishments…

Open again in OCTOBER 2024





Mnemba Island Lodge is situated on an exclusive island just 4.5 kilometres off the north-eastern coast of Zanzibar in the azure Indian Ocean. Surrounded by an atoll of breathtaking coral reefs, it boasts some of Africa’s most wonderful dive sites.

Mnemba is renowned as one of the most romantic ocean destinations in the world, offering a privacy and rustic exclusivity unparalleled on the African coastline.

With rates starting from $1650 pp/night (all inclusive) + $100 pp/pn conservation fee, Mnemba Island is the most expensive property in Zanzibar… but it offers a truly remarkable experience for those lucky enough to stay there!

Property Type
exclusive private island
12 bungalows
12 years +
dive centre


Stay for 3 nights at Mnemba Island, and WE’LL FLY YOU FREE one way…

One-way flight: Arusha/Manyara to Zanzibar OR Zanzibar to Arusha/Manyara
Meet & greet and shared return transfers between Zanzibar and Mnemba.

May not be combined with other offers or long stay rates.

50% DISCOUNT for the bride

PLUS: a complementary bottle of bubbly, romantic private dinner, sunset dhow cruise

Offer cannot be combined
Minimum 2 night stay

This is our absolute Dream Lodge! (Actually, we think the phrase ‘barefoot luxury’ was invented for Mnemba Island Lodge!)

You are on your own private archipelago, fringed by the whitest beach sand imaginable, and a stunning coral reef.

The service and food exceed the highest of expectations.

The design of the Bandas is rustic, yet luxurious, and invites romance and ultimate relaxation.

Because you are on your own little paradise island, the rest of the world - and all its problems - seem incredibly far away.

The scuba diving and snorkeling are exceptional, and included in the price of your stay.

The number of boats visiting the reef around Mnemba Island can sometimes encroach on the privacy of the island.

Mnemba Island carries the highest price tag in our portfolio, but it you can, we highly recommend that you do!

Only 2 children are allowed on the island at a time There are 2 Bandas that are connected by a path and fairly close together that are suitable for a family.

Each of the 12 private beach bandas on Mnemba Island has a spacious veranda and is hidden in the shade of a tropical beach forest, fringed by the pristine beaches that halo the Island. A palm-covered walkway leads to an en-suite bathroom with shower and basin.

Zanzibar is famous for its intricate, detailed woodcarvings and the scrolled headboards adorning the beds are created by some of the Island’s most skilled artisans. Sheer unpretentious paradise, the architecture of Mnemba Lodge offers a rustic exclusivity and privacy unparalleled on the African coastline.

Thatched dining and sitting/bar areas have beautiful open views of the beach and spectacular coral reefs beyond.

This exquisite, private island with its white coral-sand beaches and spectacular coral reefs is renowned as one of the most romantic ocean destinations in the world.


  • Just 12 beachside bandas
  • All with en-suite bathrooms
  • Overhead fans
  • Spacious outdoor verandas
  • Guest areas with beautiful sea views

Baskets of fresh fruit, fish, lobsters, crabs and prawns are sailed into Mnemba daily on traditional ngalawa outriggers, and prepared as exotic delicacies.

Lunch is usually served on large wooden carved Zanzibar platters heaped with delicious mezze (finger food). 

Romantic candle-lit dinners are enjoyed on the beach with the waves gently lapping at your feet, and private beach dinners are often enjoyed by honeymooners.

The warm waters of the Indian Ocean are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Beautiful swimming beaches are readily accessible and guests can cavort in the waves regardless of high or low tide. An astounding array of reef fish and other underwater marvels occur on the reefs surrounding the island, and a number of magnificent dive sites are easily reached from Mnemba.

Mnemba boasts some of the world’s most beautiful dive sites. The clear blue seas provide unsurpassed visibility for both snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts – you will be provided with all scuba and snorkeling equipment that you need. Just a short boat trip from the Island, coral reefs drop into the deep open sea.

Two dives daily, led by experienced dive instructors, are included in your stay at Mnemba Island(Please note that a valid diving certificate is required.) 

For those wanting to take it easy, snorkeling around the island offers guests a memorable experience, with boats and snorkeling guides available to take guests to more remote reefs.

Both snorkeling and scuba diving equipment are provided at no extra cost.

More than 430 species of reef fish have been recorded on the house reef, a mere two minute swim from the beach.

Bottlenose dolphins frequent these waters year round and guests have the opportunity to interact with these magnificent creatures, either from the boat or in the water.

The ocean depths around Mnemba are a fisherman’s paradise, with game fishing species such as barracuda, tuna, mackerel, kingfish, sailfish and marlin frequently encountered. 

Fly-fishing enthusiasts can fish directly off the island’s beaches, while deep sea fishing can be arranged at an extra cost.

Mnemba follows a policy of catch and release.

Something remarkably special to experience is to seeing green turtles laying their eggs on this idyllic private island. Green turtle laying season is year-round with a seasonal peak in February and March – and is something truly wonderful to witness.

Excellent birdwatching, beautiful walks around the Island or simply sun tanning on the pristine beach may also be enjoyed.

For those wanting a little more exercise, kayaking and windsurfing off Mnemba’s white coral beaches are both available for guests.

Optional extras include diving coursesdeep-sea fishing, a tour of the ancient ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar, and a range of relaxing massages and therapeutic treatments.

Mnemba Island boasts a wealth of sea life and marine species. The coral reefs surrounding the island are home to a vast variety of reef fish, anemone and other marine specimens, while diverse pelagic fish and marine mammals thrive in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Humpback whales, as well as many species of dolphin, a number of shark and several types of ray are encountered in the ocean depths. A variety of predator fish in the area include barracuda, mackerel, kingfish, sailfish and marlin.

Divers around Mnemba may also encounter the world’s largest fish, the gigantic whale shark. Pods of dolphin are regularly found in the warm tropical waters near Mnemba, and snorkelers and divers at Mnemba often encounter these charismatic denizens of the deep at close range.

The island itself provides a nesting ground for the threatened green turtle, as well as many bird species, including the rare crab plover.

The tiny suni antelope roams the forest in the centre of the island and the recently introduced and highly endangered Ader’s duiker may also be spotted.

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