Mnemba Island Lodge

A barefoot beach paradise on a private island

Some of the best diving world-wide and 2 dives included per person, per day

Highly exclusive with just twelve beautiful beach bandas

Facilities at Mnemba Island Lodge

Boutique Shop

When to go to Mnemba Island Lodge


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This picturesque private island is the ideal destination whether you are on your honeymoon and looking for some romance, or trying to visit the best dive sites and waters around the world. There are just 12 beachside bandas (including one family banda) tucked into the tropical forest and looking out to the white coral sand beach. The bandas are very open air to allow the gentle sea-breeze to permeate fully and a covered walkway leads from each bedroom to a shuttered ensuite bathroom with a huge rain shower. IN front of the bedrooms are spacious verandas, perfect for enjoying your morning cup of tea or evening drinks as the sun goes down. Whilst the open-air nature of the rooms makes air-conditioning somewhat pointless there are overhead fans to make sure that the cool air wafts over you throughout the night.

Considering the remoteness of Mnemba Island the food never fails to astound guests here. Baskets of fresh fruit, fish, lobsters, crabs and prawns are sailed in on a daily basis and served up in the thatched dining area or at romantic candle-lit dinners on the beach.

The island is surrounded by outstanding marine life with incredible diving year round. The waters are also ideal of swimming and snorkelling, which can be done right off the beach. There is also kayaking, fishing, boating and paddle-boarding available for anyone who doesn’t just feel like relaxing on the beach. Between the months of April and August the turtle season peaks and these prehistoric creatures can be found laying their eggs on the beaches. Nine weeks after the eggs are laid guests can enjoy the sight of tiny turtle hatchlings scuttling down the beach to the sea.

&Beyond’s Mnemba Island lies off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar. It is a private island, home to only 22 guests at any one time and the staff that look after them. Less than a mile in circumference you can enjoy relaxing strolls around the island or head out into the waters of the atoll surrounding it, which is home to some incredible coral reefs and some of Africa’s most renowned dive sites. Guests are collected from Zanzibar Airport or Stone Town and taken by car to the beach where they are then transferred to a boat for the last 10 minutes of the journey out to Mnemba Island.

Whilst Mnemba’s much larger neighbour Zanzibar now has a new hotel opening every few weeks we don’t feel that Mnemba Island has changed much since the first Arab sailing boats came across this archipelago 1200 years ago. The lodge blends in perfectly with its surroundings and from a distance you could be forgiven for thinking it a completely deserted paradise just waiting to be discovered. It’s romance personified and whether you’re looking just to relax on a Robinson Crusoe island or enjoy some of the best diving in the world Mnemba won’t fail to impress.

The lodge collects guests from Zanzibar International Airport or Stone Town. It is then a 1.5hr road journey to the coast, followed by a 10-15 boat journey to the island. 

&Beyond Mnemba Island is Fully Inclusive. Rates include: Accommodation, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments whilst out on activities, laundry, scuba diving (2 dives per day- full PADI certification required), snorkelling, kayaking, fly-fishing, sundowner dhow cruise, paddle-boarding, emergency evacuation insurance, return transfers between Zanzibar and Mnemba. Rates exclude: telephone calls, gratuities, champagne, cognac, fine wines, premium brand spirits and cigars, diving instruction for guests under 12 years and adults without a PADI certificate. 

Seasonal closure in April and May during the rains. Closure is from 8th April - 20th May. 

Children of all ages are welcome and childminding is available at an additional cost. 

Gym in a basket in all guest bandas. There is a PADI Dive Centre on the island. 

Drones are not permitted at Mnemba Island. 


Scuba diving
Dhow cruises
Bird watching
Whale watching (seasonal)
Turtle hatching (seasonal)
Island Excursions

Honeymoon Offer - 50% discount for one partner whilst the other partner pays full rates. Rate and honeymoon discount based on 103 night stay rate. Offer is not applicable to family suites and family tents. Valid for travel within 6 months of date of marriage. Minimum 2 night stay. Valid from 11th January 2019 - 10th January 2020.-

Fly me to the beach - Stay for 3 nights or more at Mnemba Island and &Beyod will fly you there or back. Valid from 11th January 2019 - 10th January 2020. May not be combined with other offers.