This is perhaps not a destination for those who are looking for first world comforts, the bandas, made entirely of wood and quite open to the elements, have double or twin beds, 2 armchairs, a simple bathroom and a day bed/balcony only accessible up a ladder.
There are six eco bandas, each with an ensuite bathroom open to the sky for hot showers under the stars. The individual bandas are distributed along the main beach to guarantee privacy, each with a view of the ocean. All have been designed with the environment in mind, specifically to have the lowest impact on the island and are powered singularly by solar power.
Like the rooms, the bar and restaurant merge with the outdoors and provide beautiful fresh food that one would not expect from such a far flung outpost of civilisation.
The Banda’s path will lead you to the dining where delicious meals of Fusion Cuisine will be served reflecting the multicultural influence from the historical past of the area. During the day it will be possible to amuse one self with the various activities related to the sea life, including diving in the crystalline water to discover a still unexplored paradise.
The beaches of pure sand and the turquoise water, the light unrolling of the waves, the whistling of the wind that caresses the palms, the unique, shy and coloured Coconut Crab specimens that come out at night, the multi-coloured species of birds that stop during the migrations will be only one of the several frames and colours.
While the beach is beautiful and unspoiled it suffers, like almost all Tanzanian beaches, from vast swings based on the tides. When the tide is out the sea is a couple of hundreds metres away from the bandas. That said, regardless of tides, each banda looks straight out onto their own unobstructed stretch of sand and sea and they are far enough apart to maintain total privacy.
Fanjove is as close to a Robinson Crusoe beach hideaway as we have seen. As long as you don’t expect anything more than this you will not be disappointed. 11 km of intact coral reef, thousands of migrant birds, green turtles to lay their eggs, hundreds of dolphins to roam the seas as humpback whales to pass through in their migration.
Standard hotel activities are few and far between – snorkelling, diving and kite surfing are the main activities. But if it’s an off-the-beaten track adventure or a romantic beach hideaway that you’re after, this is your perfect place.
Thanks to the folks at Fanjove for this awesome view of the island as you’ve never seen it before.
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