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Blog: Anna lives like Robinson Crusoe at Fundu Lagoon
Here Anna, our Tanzania and Zanzibar specialist, relives her barefoot luxury stay at the exclusive Fundu Lagoon on the stunning island of Pemba – a diver’s paradise offering activity and relaxation in equal measure!
I cannot imagine a more perfect place to spend seven days than Fundu Lagoon. It is an adventure, an escape and a romantic retreat all in one! Here’s my guide on how to spend seven days at Fundu Lagoon:
Arriving at Fundu Lagoon is an adventure in itself! A short speed boat trip takes you across the bay to the lodge. Whipping across the waves and heading towards the impressive jetty of Fundu Lagoon, it’s hard not to feel a bit like James Bond, arriving at your own private beach retreat. The minute you set foot on the jetty, with a team of Fundu’s smiling staff there to greet you, you know you have just started a holiday of a lifetime.
Time to check out the beach! With sand that squeaks under your feet, and the beautiful Indian Ocean in sight as far as you can see, this has to be one of the loveliest beaches I have ever seen. With no other lodges in the area, the beach will never be crowded. The most movement you’re likely to see is the odd hermit crab scuttling across the sand. A perfect place to kick back and relax!
A short boat ride from Fundu is the stunning Misali Island with its picture postcard white sands and aquamarine water. The snorkelling here is excellent and a great introduction to marine life if you have not snorkelled before. Expertly guided by one of the water sports staff, you will spot an amazing array of colourful fish and corals.
After a hard day of relaxing why not top it all off by taking a sunset cruise across the bay? With drinks on board, a relaxed cruise across the water is one of the best ways of watching the sunset. And believe me, the sunsets in this part of the world are not to be missed!
Pemba is without a doubt one of the best places to go diving. Whether you’re a qualified diver or simply looking to give it a go then there is something to suit all levels, including shallow, easy dives for beginners, or more challenging drift or deep dives for the more experienced. The dive staff are excellent; they know the best dive sites in the area and are constantly discovering new ones too.
The waters around Pemba are excellent for deep sea fishing. Even if you’re not usually an angler, this is a great place to try it out! If you like you can even bring back your catch and the chefs will cook it for you that evening. Nothing tastes better than a fresh fish you caught yourself!
One of the most impressive parts of a stay at Fundu Lagoon is the staff and their relationship with the local community. Many of the staff come from the local village and will be more than happy to show you around. You can visit the school, see how homes are built in these areas and learn a bit more about how life on Pemba really is.
With the beach sorted we would recommend considering one of these awesome safari properties to twin it with:
Azura Seous – one of the most remote camps in the Selous Game Reserve, Azura Selous offers an outstanding safari experience away from the crowds – a winning combination with the relaxed exclusivity of Fundu Lagoon.
Ol Seki Camp – in the Naboisho Conservancy bordering the Masai Mara Reserve, Ol Seki is an exclusive tented camp offering a luxury safari, particularly suited to honeymooners.
Olakira Camp – a seasonal camp that moves with the migration, Olakira Camp will offer you an incredible safari experience which will pair perfectly with Fundu Lagoon.