Thanda Island, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Indian Ocean & Africa

Thanda Island, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Indian Ocean & Africa | Hire An Island - Tanzania - Zanzibar - Indian Ocean & Africa


A pristine private island which invites you to enjoy life’s simple pleasures…

Thanda Island is one of the world’s most exclusive getaways – a private island paradise ten years in the making. Home to a single luxurious villa with space for 10 adults and up to nine children, with Thanda, you don’t just get a private island to yourself, but a magnificent marine reserve – a pristine playground in which you can rest, rejuvenate and relax in style.


  • Thanda Island is available on an exclusive buy-out basis with Luxury Castle Hire Island Travel. Exclusive usage of the island and its select team of staff members is available for a flat rate o £6999 per night, based on 10 adults and up to 9 children sharing the fabulous five-suite villa. Please note, during the peak season (21st December – 15th March), a minimum stay of seven nights applies.
  • Further accommodation for special occasions is available for eight guests in two traditional banda style beach huts (bungalows) and another eight guests in two safari-style tents, set up on the lawn. Contact a member of our  Travel Team for more information.


  • Thanda Island is nestled within the Shungi Mbili Island Marine Reserve, a breath-taking marine protected area situated between Tanzanian mainland and Mafia Island. Tanzania’s vibrant capital city, Dar es Salaam, is just a 45-minute flight away from the island itself.


  • The private island is home to an elegant beach-house villa – a discreet and sumptuous residence befitting even the most discerning of guests. Comprising five exquisite bedroom suites and an expansive living area, the villa offers everything you could possibly want and more – from an extravagant beach house, an indoor aquarium, Steinway grand piano, wine collection, cigar humidor, glass rim-flow swimming pool and wrap-around dining area with its 180-degree view of the ocean.


  • Thanda Island’s cuisine is fresh, delicious and customised to your palate. Prior to their visit, guests will be personally contacted by the chef to find out their culinary preferences. From ocean-fresh fish and seafood, to vegetarian dishes or beef, game and poultry; from crisp seasonal vegetables to tropical fruits, and on to a choice of divine desserts – whatever you desire, Thanda’s talented cuisine team will deliver. An offering of delicious local dishes is also available if you would like to experience Tanzanian cuisine.


  • Situated within Tanzania’s sensational Shungi Mbili Island Marine Reserve, Thanda Island is just perfect for water sports. Indeed, the island offers some of the most spectacular snorkeling and diving off the East African Coast. Depending on the season, guests can watch turtles nesting or scan the surrounding seas in search of the gentle whale shark, dolphins and dugongs.
  • Adrenaline junkies can try their hand at water-skiing, wakeboarding, tubing and stand-up paddling, whereas those who prefer to enjoy their private island vacation at a more relaxed pace can take to the water for a lazy cruise in a traditional Arabian fishing dhow or enjoy a spot of big game fishing aboard a 28-foot reef runner cat.

How to Get There

  • After flying in to Dar es Salaam International Airport (Tanzania), guests will be greeted by a member of the Thanda Island Private Marine Reserve team before flying directly to the island via chartered helicopter (45 minutes). Alternatively, guests also have the option of flying on to Mafia Island (30 minutes), from where guests can make the leisurely crossing to their final destination by boat.

Best Time to Travel

  • Thanda Island Private Marine Reserve boasts beautiful, warm tropical weather all year round. The scorching sunshine is occasionally punctuated by short showers, bringing with them a wonderful freshness. For the best of the weather, the months of June to October offer hot and humid temperatures, plenty of sunshine and short showers.
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