Pemba Island, near Zanzibar
Boutique beach lodge
Only accessible by boat, Fundu Lagoon epitomises barefoot luxury and beach chic. The beachfront location, fringed by lush natural forest offers a tranquil retreat in a stunning Indian Ocean setting. There is excellent snorkelling and diving available from Fundu Lagoon too, they have their own PADI Gold dive centre.
Fundu Lagoon has effortlessly managed to capture the essence of a laid-back tropical island getaway. Sandy pathways and wooden walkways link the main parts of the lodge to the rooms which are surrounded by lush tropical greenery. High tide makes the sandy beach the perfect spot for a swim, and at low tide you can explore miles of seashore and the marine and birdlife it sustains.
All of the main areas are open-sided and covered by thatch roofs. The restaurant serves up superb dishes and the three bars offer a variety of atmospheres for you to enjoy. The jetty bar, being a great one from which to watch the fishermen come in at sunset. Everything seems to have been built in keeping with the island surroundings, and nothing looks out of place.
If you don’t mind the extra effort involved to get here, then Fundu Lagoon is a fantastic island retreat. The lodge is of a good quality and the all-inclusive rate is attractive. The rooms aren’t the cheapest and you will find better beaches on Zanzibar, but you won’t have this extent of seclusion.
Diving and snorkelling in this area is excellent, and one of the reasons people come here. It is mainly drift and wall diving, and there are about 25 sites in and around the Misali Island Marine Conservation Area. You’re likely to see barracuda, giant trevally, napoleon wrasse, groupers, turtles, manta rays and thousands of reef fish.
If fishing is your thing, there is world-class game fishing in the Pemba Channel, so do ask us more about this as we can plan some great fishing trips for you.
So, you could be quite busy here at Fundu, but then many of our guests come here just to relax. As one of our travellers said, “It’s impossible to come to Fundu Lagoon and to not come back rejuvenated.”
Time to go
You can visit Pemba all year round expect mid-April to mid-June when much of the island is closed for the long rains. The short rains in November and early December can also affect visibility for divers and snorkellers alike, though this shouldn’t be a problem throughout the rest of the year.
For wildlife lovers, humpback whales pass Pemba between August and September.
For divers, average visibility ranges from 20-40 metres, and is best from about October to March when the seas are the calmest. Average water temperature is 27-28°c.
For fishermen, you’ll see giant trevally, barracuda and king mackerel all year; wahoo, yellowfin tuna and small bonito from June to November; All pelagic and billfish species in November; and sailfish and marlin from December to April.
Fundo Lagoon highlights
- Upmarket beach lodge in a remote location
- Excellent for diving and snorkelling
- Superb for couples and honeymoons
- Stylish with a relaxed atmosphere
Fundu Lagoon location
- 18 individual rooms
- Closed mid-April to mid-June
- Children aged 12+ are welcome
- Infinity pool
- WIFI in reception area
- On site spa
- Well-equipped dive centre
- 3 different bars
- Cultural village visit
- Beach relaxation
- Unguided mangrove canoe safaris
- Diving (optional)
- Dhow sunset cruise (optional)
- Misali island excursion (optional)
Fundu Lagoon rooms
All rooms at Fundu Lagoon were built with privacy in mind. They are spacious tented rooms covered by thatch and each enjoys superb views of the Indian Ocean.
All have a fridge and small safe for valuables.
Standard Hillside rooms
Hill side accommodation is elevated on the hillside, and has stunning panoramic ocean views and cooling breezes at night time. The recently extended decks have two chairs and two sun loungers where you can relax and enjoy your privacy. Furniture is simple and rustic, double or twin beds are covered by a mozzie net.
Standard Beachfront Suites
As the name suggests, these rooms are down by the beach so guests can wander straight from their room onto the beach. Sun loungers sit out front of each bungalow and there is also a small private deck.
Set back from the beach, nestled amongst the mangroves is the jungle suite. This bungalow has maximum privacy and like the beach suite has an elevated seating area and also plunge pool.
The superior suites are stylish and spacious. They have a stylish bedroom and also an open-plan lounge. The outside deck offers another living area and lends itself perfectly to intimate dining, it also incorporates a refreshing plunge-pool and sun loungers. The stone-walled bathroom features African themed décor and has a double sink and shower.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Fundu Lagoon is heavily involved in supporting the local community. As well sourcing all their produce locally they also assist with funding a school. They provide annual medical check-ups for the children and are currently fundraising to provide a local clinic. Many of the staff come from the local villages too.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.