Shungi Mbili Island, Tanzania
At a Glance
Exclusive use property accommodating 10 adults with up to 9 additional beds for children. Additional beach bungalows and safari-style tents can also be used for larger groups of up to 26 adults
Team of dedicated staff to look after your every need
Experience up-close encounters with whale sharks when snorkeling between October and February
Surrounded by its own private coral reef within the Shungi Mbili Marine Reserve
Observe hatching marine turtles along the beaches throughout August
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Thanda Island or take a look at our itineraries to Zanzibar and the coast
Located within the Shungi Mbili Marine Reserve, Thanda Island is an exclusive villa for private use which comes complete with a team of dedicated staff to cater to your every need. Surrounding the villa, a forested island interior gives way to white, powdery sand and sparkling waters creating an idyllic desert island escape. This is the perfect retreat for family celebrations or a group of friends wishing to travel together, accommodating up to 26 adults and 9 children.
Five bedroom suites with king-size beds are housed in the main villa, each of which can accommodate two adults and additional beds for children. Two beach bungalows and two safari-style tents provide extra space for larger groups.
The main villa is tastefully furnished, with the spacious living room and dining area boasting 180-degree ocean views and commanding attention. Not only is Thanda Island fully equipped with everything you could possibly need during your stay, facilities include a range of thoughtful extras from the practical, such as a pizza oven, cocktail bar, BBQ and outdoor baths, to the extravagant including a Steinway piano, indoor aquarium and cigar humidor.
Whilst relaxation is always an option on the beach or by the pool, the island also offers up ample opportunity for fun and adventures both on land and at sea. Boasting a private coral reef, the waters are ideal for snorkeling and between the months of October and February you can find yourself getting up close to impressive whale sharks. A host of water sports equipment is provided for kayaking, jet-skiing, paddle-boarding and deep sea fishing and games such as volleyball and table tennis are also available.
Location & Directions
Shungi Mbili Island, Tanzania
Thanda Island sits within the Shungi Mbili Island Marine Reserve, part of the Mafia Island district and located between Mafia Island and mainland Tanzania.
When to go
Situated only 7° south of the equator, Thanda Island enjoys ideal vacation weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.
There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.
If you are traveling between November and February you may be lucky enough to snorkel with whale sharks which congregate in the waters during these months.