Thanda Island started with a dream to find a small, remote, uninhabited Tropical Island off the coast of East Africa. Today, it is one of the world’s most exclusive private island getaways, a paradise for you to enjoy in complete privacy with family and friends. A secluded island with a single luxurious villa and two traditional Bandas (beach chalets) in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Tanzania. Situated in your own marine reserve, you can swim with the gentlest giant of the ocean, the whale shark, and watch sea turtles nesting. Here, you can rest, rejuvenate and enjoy adventure sports in a world where shades of turquoise infuse your days and tropical spices your nights.


The Thanda Island Villa offers a private island retreat which is secluded, bringing you the ultimate island living experience. As you step off the helicopter or boat, the villa is right there, exclusively yours to enjoy. It’s your home, with a paradise-inspired living area and five exquisite bedroom suites that lead directly onto the beach. On the other side of the Island, the additional Bandas or Beach Chalets, also for your exclusive use, are built on the warm silken sands and offer a very traditional Tanzanian experience.


Infuse your being with the warmth of the sunshine, the glitter on the water and the character of the people. Swim with the gentle whale shark; dive in the largest marine protected reserve in the Indian Ocean; ride the trade winds on a traditional Arab dhow; indulge in a Swahili or Arabian feast; have a massage or copper bath on the beach.


Thanda Island is more than just an incredible destination - it is also highly active in several conservation and community initiatives. We partner with the Tanzanian Marine Parks and a leading NGO, Sea Sense, on a range of marine conservation and education programmes in the region. Our philosophy is underpinned by a sincere commitment to the Tanzanian people, and the Thanda team is participating in a range of social empowerment programmes on nearby Mafia Island.

Location & Access

Thanda's luxury private island is located in the Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve, between the mainland of Tanzania and Mafia Island. To get to Thanda Island, international guests fly directly into Dar es Salaam, where the Thanda Island team will meet you and accompany you through customs, ensuring a smooth, quick entry into this beautiful country. From Dar es Salaam, you can either go directly to the Island by helicopter, or fly to Mafia Island by fixed-wing plane, from where you can reach the Island by boat.




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