Dar to Songa Songa - 1 hr flight in 5 seater plane. Transfer at Songa Songa by tuktuk to jetty, small boat to larger boat – 1 hr to Fanjove. Transfer by small boat to beach.
Island managed very well by Giorgia and Pietro.
6 bandas, 5 more to be built. 20 staff. Good Vodacom signal.
Banda; Good airy rooms with beautiful 24 hr view on to beach and sea. Some flies.
Eco soap was useless, no lather, take own soap and hair wash stuff. (Told Giorgia!)
Ice for drinks in banda came from kitchen and melted almost immediately.
Only low voltage power in banda from solar cell panel. Therefore no fan, no mains socket (used mains socket at bar to charge stuff) no tea/coffee ability, no hair dryer.
Food first class thanks to Pietro and Harry the chef. Banana curry soup, grilled grouper, stuffed squid, coconut/fish soup, squid risotto in it’s own ink, etc.
Saw coconut crab. Turtle nested near our banda one night and laid 390 eggs! Staff dug up carefully and renested just above spring high water line. 3 good exploration dives, using dow under sail.
Great natural island, with minimal tourist intervention so far (e.g. beautiful shells being washed up by tides all along beach. Turtles nesting within metres of bandas.) Not quite ready for continuous full bookings, offering diving etc – but will get there.
We will return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The wonderful uncontaminated nature of a tropical island, 20 miles from the coast, is an unexplored tourist destination. There are six Eco Bandas, each with an en-suite bathroom open to the sky for hot showers under the stars; distributed along the main beach to guarantee privacy, each with a view of the ocean. During the day it will be possible to amuse oneself with the various activities..more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Fanjove Private Island Tanzania/Kilwa Masoko