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Mnemba is one of the world's most exclusive private islands

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Zanzibar Extension

Snorkeling and Diving in a Magnificent Aquatic World

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5295  
Length: 4 days
Arrive: Stone Town, Tanzania
Depart: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Lodging: 3 nights hotel
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Snorkeling, Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking
Trip Level: Optional cultural explorations, swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, sea kayaking
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Enjoy snorkeling and diving in a magnificently colorful aquatic world! Just off the coast of the isle of Zanzibar lies Mnemba, a gorgeous, reef-encircled private island that’s one of the most exclusive locations in the Indian Ocean. The coral reef that circles the island is the finest in Zanzibar, and this tiny island is also one of the few locations on this coast where turtles continue to nest undisturbed. Between December and May is turtle season, when these creatures can be seen in the water and on the beaches. Accommodations are at Mnemba Island Resort, a luxurious retreat with 10 beach cottages. It was chosen as one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Most Romantic Ocean Destinations of the World.” Kayaking, bicycling, and windsurfing are also among the many optional activities available. Early booking is recommended due to limited availability.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Stone Town, Zanzibar / Zanzibar Serena Inn

Fly to Stone Town, capital of Zanzibar. Upon arrival, you are met and driven to the lovely Serena Inn, a haven of tranquility on the seafront in Stone Town. Stone Town’s architectural heritage reflects Zanzibar’s position as a crossroads of trade between Africa and the Arab world. Explore the town on your own, or book an optional spice tour, city tour, or Jozani Forest excursion. Overnight at the Serena Inn...B

Days 2-3
Mnemba Island

This morning, an open ski boat brings you to beautiful Mnemba Island, a gorgeous, reef-encircled private island that’s one of the most exclusive locations in the Indian Ocean. (It was chosen as one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Most Romantic Ocean Destinations of the World.”) The coral reef that circles the island is the finest in Zanzibar, and this tiny island is also one of the few locations on this coast where turtles continue to nest undisturbed. Between December and May is turtle season, when these creatures can be seen in the water and on the beaches. Here, the calm, warm seas here have unsurpassed visibility for snorkeling and scuba diving. Scuba diving (two dives a day), snorkeling, sea kayaking, and windsurfing activities are included in your stay at Mnemba Island. The lodge provides scuba and snorkeling equipment, or you can bring your own to ensure proper fit. Divers should bring their Dive Certification Cards. You can also take a dhow (traditional boat) into Stone Town to explore its labyrinthine streets and discover the history of this ancient spice island. Optional extras include a Spice Tour or a guided tour of historic Stone Town. Overnights at Mnemba Island...BLD each day

Day 4
Dar / Depart

Transfer to the airport and fly to Dar es Salaam, where you will be assisted with your homeward-bound flight. A dayroom can be arranged (at extra cost) at the Southern Sun Hotel (available until 6:00 pm) to shower and relax for those travelers with late night flights...B

Extension Cost

Prices valid through Spring 2015

Serena Inn and Mnemba Island

$5295 per person, double occupancy
Internal airfare: $420 (subject to change)

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • House drinks
  • Airport transfers
  • Activities as indicated

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

Airfare, meals not specified (BLD), soft drinks, alcoholic beverages other than house drinks, airport departure tax, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, optional gratuities to lodge staff, transfer agents, drivers, and guides, additional hotel nights or extra costs that may be necessitated by airline changes.

Mnemba Island

Mnemba Island

Days 1 to 3 (3 nights), Zanzibar, Tanzania

An idyllic tropical atoll located about a mile off Zanzibar, Mnemba Island has just ten bandas (beach cottages). They are open-air, beautifully ...
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Southern Sun Hotel

Southern Sun Hotel (Day Room)

Day 4, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

This centrally located hotel is a comfortable place to spend a few hours before your flight home. You can take a stroll among monkeys and birds in ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.