Thanda Island

Shungi Mbili Island, Tanzania

At a Glance

  • Experience one of the worlds most exclusive island getaways.

  • Explore this paradise in complete privacy with family and friends.

  • Experience up-close encounters with whale sharks when snorkelling between October and February

  • Discover this underwater nirvana of whale sharks, turtles and brilliant fish.

  • Kick your shoes off and indulge in the powder white sands and sublime turquoise waters.

  • Observe hatching marine turtles along the unspoilt beaches throughout August.

  • Feast on fresh seafood straight from the Indian Ocean accompanied by herbs and fruit picked from the island herb garden.

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Situated only 7° south of the equator, Thanda Island enjoys ideal holiday 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 travelling between November and February you may be lucky enough to snorkel with whale sharks which congregate in the waters during these months.

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Newly open in April 2016, the exclusive Thanda Island offers guests a fantastic base for a family celebration or holiday with friends. Situated within a private marine reserve, this luxurious villa is ideal for adventures at sea and barefoot relaxation.

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 snorkelling 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.

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The villa at Thanda Island boasts five elegantly designed bedroom suites which offer direct access to the beach beyond. Each suite is spacious and can accommodate two adults, with the option of adding extra beds for children. Rooms come complete with both fans and air-conditioning, mosquito nets, bathtubs and both indoor and outdoor showers. WiFi is available throughout.

When travelling with larger groups there are also two beach bandas, or bungalows, which can accommodate eight guests, and two large safari-style tents which accommodate a further eight guests.


All ages are welcome at Thanda Island and child minding is available upon request.


The villa features a large glass-rim swimming pool, outdoor BBQ and cocktail bar, bonfire pits, pizza oven, breakfast boma, spa treatment beds, copper beach baths, aquarium, party pavilion tent, treadmill and Steinway piano. Laundry facilities are also available and WiFi is offered throughout.

Catering to your every need is a fully dedicated team of staff, including a chef, hostess, housekeeper and boatman.


Thanda Island is ideally located for fantastic diving and snorkelling, with whale sharks present from October to February. Snorkelling equipment is provided while diving can be arranged at an extra charge. A variety of water sports can also be enjoyed from jet skiing, kayaking, wake boarding, paddle boarding and deep sea fishing. Indoor and outdoor games for children are also supplied, as well as a table tennis table, volleyball and all equipment for the listed water sports.

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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.

How to get there

Fly to Dar Es Salaam, approx. 11 hours. From here you can take a 45-minute helicopter flight direct to Thanda Island. Alternatively, fly to Mafia Island (30 minutes) where staff from Thanda Island will meet you to assist with a boat transfer to the island (approx. 30 minutes).

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