Thanda Island partners with the Tanzanian Marine Parks and Reserves Unit on a range of marine conservation and educational programmes including the Ropes of Hope restoration of the coral reef project. These include research conservation initiatives associated with the marine reserve and Mafia Island Marine Park, of which our flagship conservation project is the restoration of the Shungimbili Island coral reef in collaboration with local conservation partners. Five species of marine turtles occur in Tanzania’s waters. The largest fish in the world – the gentle, human-friendly whale shark - feeds just south of the Island.

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 sea turtles conservation has led to recreating a conservation haven for them, which has proven 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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