Fundu Lagoon

Tanzania

Fundu Lagoon
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The Fundu Lagoon resort is a remote and peaceful resort, only accessible by boat. Set on a beautiful beach in the south west of Pemba Island, the hotel is privately owned and run with a love for the natural environment that surrounds it. Wooden walkways and sandy paths lead to eighteen Makuti thatched tented rooms and suites. The atmosphere is tranquil and our attentive hotel staff will take care of your every need.

Fundu is an idyllic place to unwind and enjoy total peace and relaxation, whether it be lingering poolside or enjoying the spectacular sights of the Indian Ocean. On a beautiful beach fringed by natural forest, the hotel offers complete privacy and the experience is both restful and restorative. It is an ideal place to visit whether you are an independent traveller or looking for a honeymoon beach resort. It is also a favourite safari beach destination, the privacy and natural surroundings being a perfect place to relax after a safari in Kenya or Tanzania.

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Facilities and activities

activity  4 bars
  2 restaurants
  Infinity edge pool at the top of the resort
  Fundu Fusion Spa
  Games/TV room
  Fully equipped PADI Dive centre
  Snorkelling and trips to Misali Island
  Canoe safaris through the mangroves
  Tours of Pemba island/village treks/trip to Jambangome Ruins/river safari
  Sunset cruise on traditional dhow
  Private beach dinners with person chef and waiting on staff
  Kayaking/windsurfing/water-skiing/wakeboarding/knee-boarding
  Deep sea fishing
  Island cruise
  Dolphin safari

resort

The hotel’s main areas are open sided with thatch roofing. There are three bars, an excellent restaurant and a beautiful infinity pool, all designed to blend naturally with a unique East African setting. You will be kept comfortable by the soothing sea breezes and the multitude of ceiling fans in the rooms, all of which have breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean.

The Fusion Spa has a range of exclusive treatments using specially formulated blends of local spices and, for the more active, there is the resort’s fully equipped dive centre ready to take you out to explore the marine life on the surrounding coral reefs and deep drop offs.

Fundu’s thatched makuti roofs are scattered along the shoreline of the beach, where pristine forest meets the sandy fringes of the Indian Ocean. Shady pathways meander through the tree line to link the body of the hotel, its bars, jetty, dive center, infinity pool and restaurant, to the eighteen privately situated rooms, some of which are set on the hillside, and others that lead directly onto the beach. Throughout the hotel, the atmosphere is one of natural peace and total relaxation.

Fundu is privileged to share this paradise with its guests. The Tanzanian staff and neighbouring Pemban community are among the most friendly, helpful and happy people you could hope to meet so the hotel is committed to protecting this uniquely natural environment and does everything it can to respect local customs and, wherever possible, bring benefit to the nearby villages.

Lodging

All the spacious tented rooms have ocean views, romantic thatched roofs and discrete privacy.

Hill side accommodation enjoys fantastic views of the Indian Ocean as well as a cooling night time breeze.

Beach Front accommodation is shaded by tropical trees and shrubs.

The sandy beach is on your doorstep and the noise of the ocean will lull you to sleep.

All rooms can be furnished with double or twin beds, plus a single additional bed if required. Superior suites can take 2 additional singles.

Fundu Lagoon is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.

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Hillside Rooms (Standard)

Room numbers 1-8.These rooms are located on the hillside, enjoying privacy, panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and a cooling breeze. Decks have recently been extended to accommodate two chairs and two sun loungers. In room fridge and safe.
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Superior Suites

Room numbers 15,16,17 &18
The ultimate! These extensive suites (9mx6m) offer deluxe accommodation incorporating stylish bedroomand open plan lounge. The spacious outside deck area is perfect for intimate dining and guests have the option ofcooling down in the huge plunge pool. They incorporate a stone walled bathroom with doublesink and shower. In room fridge & safe. Room service.
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Beach Suite

Rooms = 11
Situated right on the beach. This bungalow has extensive private deck with elevated seated area for relaxing /reading and a plunge pool. In room fridge and safe. Room service.

Pool & Spa

0350Fundu’s softly curved infinity pool is set on the hillside above the hotel. Fringed by natural forest and offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean this is a relaxing and secluded oasis.
The poolside bar serves cooling drinks and light snacks throughout the day. The spa is located a few steps away.

Our treatments include:

  Shiatsu and Thai massages
  Aromatherapy massages
  Balinese hot stone massage
  Mango and brown sugar body scrub
  Cinnamon body scrub
  Fundu natural facials



Cuisine

dining5Fundu offers some of the best cuisine in East Africa, reflecting the cultural heritage of Zanzibar to create a fusion of Arabic, Indian, Swahili and Colonial influences. A daily fisherman’s catch and tropical fruits add an exotic twist to familiar international dishes.

Fundu’s chefs provide delicious picnics for excursions and private dining can also be arranged, where your own personal chef and waiter will attend to your every need at a candle-lit table under the stars on the beach or on your own terrace. There is a weekly beach barbeque and every Sunday night tables are set up on the jetty for a feast of Swahili cuisine and music.

Snacks and drinks are available throughout the day at the poolside bar. Three course meals are served for lunch and dinner in the main restaurant, a cool space that is shaded by a tropical thatch canopy and open sided to benefit from the fantastic ocean views.

Bars

bars6The Jetty Bar is a favourite place to lounge and watch the fishermen and dhow boats passing by during the day or enjoy the sunsets in the evening whilst the main bar, set in the hub of the hotel, is a relaxing place for a post dinner nightcap.

The poolside bar serves cooling drinks and light snacks throughout the day.

All meals and Fundu drinks such as soft drinks, beers, house wines and spirits are included in Fundu’s hospitality.

 

Activities

a135Whether peaceful or exhilarating, fishing at Fundu is always rewarding. Our fully equipped and expertly skippered Cobra Cat boat is available for scenic fishing trips around the Pemba Channel. We operate under the IGFA guidelines and do not target reef fish but you can expect to come across Wahoo, Dorado, Yellow fin tuna and, for the adventurous angler, Giant Trevally. Pemba is well known for it’s Bill fish and 6 species are present: black, blue, striped marlin, sailfish, spearfish and broadbill. The sailfish congregate in huge numbers during January and it is not uncommon to hook ten per trip at this time of year.

akayakVillage Walks: accompanied by a member of Fundu staff, who will advise on etiquette and translate for the village children, who are always very excited to meet new visitors.

Fishing Trips: in local trimaran ‘ngalawa’ boats, leaving with the villagers early in the morning and returning with a fresh catch for chef to cook.

Mangrove Canoe Trips: are the perfect way to explore the fauna and flora of this unique coastal habitat.

The historic Ruins of Jambangome: the ancient capital of Pemba, can be reached by sail or motorboat. This once thriving town is now reduced to mysterious and beautiful ruins, reclaimed by nature and its carved buildings overtaken by tree roots and foliage.

aruinsDhow sunset cruise: traditional wooden sailboats have been plying the Pemban waters for centuries and a sunset cruise, with the wind in the sails and a cocktail in hand, is a timeless way to enjoy the stunning Pemban sunsets.

Misali Island: Pemba Channel Conservation Area and it’s picturesque white sand beaches and natural marine and birdlife make it a very special place to snorkel or take intertidal guided nature walks.

Ngezi Forest: is a natural rain forest in the north of Pemba. Filled with birdlife, this guided trip is completed with a picnic lunch on the beach.

Fishing

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Whether peaceful or exhilarating, fishing at Fundu is always rewarding. Our fully equipped and expertly skippered Cobra Cat boat is available for scenic fishing trips around the Pemba Channel. We operate under the IGFA guidelines and do not target reef fish but you can expect to come across Wahoo, Dorado, Yellow fin tuna and, for the adventurous angler, Giant Trevally. Pemba is well known for it’s Bill fish and 6 species are present: black, blue, striped marlin, sailfish, spearfish and broadbill. The sailfish congregate in huge numbers during January and it is not uncommon to hook ten per trip at this time of year.

Diving

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Fundu Lagoon is a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort

PADI Five Star Dive Resorts excel in providing traveling scuba divers with memorable scuba diving experiences, customer satisfaction, scuba diver safety and underwater environmental awareness by providing professional and outstanding service.

The rarely dived waters around Pemba are among the richest and most exciting in the world. Walls of pristine coral stretching for mile upon mile are home to a vast range of marine life and provide some of the most exhilarating drift diving in East Africa. Pemba is one of the top dive sites in the world and our isolated location is a well kept secret.  We offer all PADI courses from ‘Discover Scuba Diving’ to ‘Dive Master’.

Courses

Discover Scuba Diving : ½ day introduction.

Scuba Diver : 3½ day course that allows 12m diving with a qualified dive leader.

Open Water Diver : 5-6 day course leading to full entry level for independent diving to depths of 18m.

Open Water Diver Referral : Recommended, allowing theory and exams to take place before arriving at Fundu Lagoon. Designed for divers who have almost qualified but still need to successfully complete their 4 open water dives to obtain their Open Water Diver qualification.

Advanced Open Water Diver : includes underwater navigation, deep diving and any three of either boat diving, drift diving, night diving, underwater naturalist and wreck diving. This allows independent diving to a depth of 30m.

Rescue Diver : Booked in advance

Master Diver : Booked in advance

Spice Island Weddings

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The chic, bohemian vibe of Fundu Lagoon makes it a great destination for an intimate wedding on the tranquil beaches of Pemba Island. With the Indian Ocean as a backdrop, sand underneath your toes and local fragrant hibiscus flowers scattered around, recite your vows to each other surrounded by friends and family or simply the two of you, at one with nature.

As Pemba Island is off the beaten track, we select individuals from our little black book to fly in from Zanzibar according to your requirements. These include Father Stanley to perform the ceremony accompanied by a jazz duo, a wedding planner, hair and make-up artists and a photographer. Furthermore, Fundu Lagoon takes care of all the legalities and documentation, leaving you to enjoy the day.

The wedding breakfast, wedding cake and a selection of drinks and cocktails are all included within your stay at the resort. Delicious, fresh seafood can be served buffet style on the beach. Our wine list, including fine champagnes, is also available on request.

For something special, a traditional ‘dhow’ boat is on hand to sail you around the turquoise waters and celebrate in style with champagne and canapés on board, whether it be for a private romantic moment for two or with up to sixteen of your nearest and dearest.

How much to glam up the day is entirely up to you – Fundu Lagoon offers a simple hair and make-up service or you can opt for a more elaborate look, created by professionals. Exotic flowers can also be sourced on request.

Fundu Lagoon is suitable for small wedding groups of up to ten people or, alternatively, the resort can be hired exclusively for approximately 35 guests. For further details and to discuss your ideas, please

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