Thanda Island is deeply committed to the conservation and preservation of the Coral Reef and its surrounding Marine life. This includes the region’s sea turtles and whale sharks. Our island is situated within the Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve, and Thanda’s team is partnering with the Tanzanian Marine Parks and the leading NGO, Sea Sense, on a range of marine conservation and education programs in the region. These include research and conservation projects on sea turtles, dolphins, whale sharks, coral reefs and marine reserves.
Having looked beyond the grid for power solutions, Thanda Island is entirely sustainable by the sun.

Turtle Nesting

Five species of marine turtles occur in Tanzania’s waters: Green, Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Olive Ridley and Leatherback turtles. All are categorised by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) as endangered or critically endangered species. We often have sightings around Thanda Island and know that you will be utterly amazed by these creatures. Our focus on recreating a conservation haven on the Island proves successful; the first Green turtle hatchlings were born at the end of May 2017. We hope that increasing numbers of turtles will return to nest on the Island. It is still a rare occurrence and only seasonal, yet if you are lucky, you may witness this unique event during your stay.

Whale Shark Citizen Science Programme

We invite you to participate in our citizen science programme where photos you take of the whale sharks near Thanda Island can be uploaded to ecoocean.org and whaleshark.org. Photo identification of the whale sharks, each with a unique pattern of ‘fingerprint’, is used to study their little known feeding, migratory and breeding habits. Our marine guides are equipped with GoPro cameras to record your time with the whale sharks.


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