Snorkeling and Diving in a Magnificent Aquatic World

Overview

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

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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

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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

Details

Length: 4 days
Cost From: $3995  
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

Visa Requirements

A visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting Tanzania.