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Local Pongwe Bay Experiences

Enjoy our bikes and ride around the bay to discover its secrets during the morning or sunset time. Once you have explored Pongwe bay closest surroundings, take our free use bicycles and go for longer ride to Uroa or Kiwengwa villages, that are both about 40 minutes away either south or north from The Island. Both villages have some beach restaurants and water sports where you can enjoy something different from your daily routine at our property. Explore different areas of Zanzibar and keep yourself fit.  P.S. Ride safe!

Exotic Experience Package

Enjoy a full experience of The Island with the Exotic Experience Package. 

For a minimum stay of 4 days you will be able to book it and you will have the possibility to live in full the amazing The Island Pogwe Lodge. 

With the Exotic Package you will be entitled of all soft drinks, quality spirits from the bar list and a selection of quality wines by the glass (except Champagne, Cognac and aged whiskeys) from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm. Together with Daily afternoon coffe/tea break with snacks (upon requests).

Included in the package the choice of 1 between our most famous activities on site: local boat excursion sailing & snorkeling in Pongwe Bay or  local fishing excursion (subject to weather conditions). 

Experiences are not yet finished; you will also have one Local Spice Farm Tour with guide, and a fantastic romantic dinner on the ocean terrace with a a private Masai show.

Finally relax yourself with 1 hour massage per person on terrace or inside the room

Sailing and snorkeling on a local dhow boat

A very local experience where you will be taken by captain of a traditional dhow boat to the Pongwe reef, just in front of The Island. With snorkeling equipment provided you will have few stops close to the reef to explore an underwater world and sail around the bay with the tide.

Local low tide spearfishing

(20$ extra per person for delicious meal cooked for you on The Island Restaurant from your catch)

Love fishing and want to learn a very local fishing style teached by the villagers?


This is a low tide fishing experience where you will be shown ways like fish spotting in seaweed and hand spearing it, catching fish with your hands, sea urchin collection and tasting. Freshest fish cached by yourself – what can be better for your meal? Our team of chefs can prepare a perfect meal made of your lucky catch.

Local line fishing on a sailing dhow boat

Local fishing experience on the traditional sailing dhow boat with fisherman from the village. They will show you all their skills, share secret techniques and will make sure you learn line fishing Zanzibari way.

Delicious meal will be cooked for you on The Island Restaurant from your catch by our chefs.


Please note that all timings for these experiences depend on tides, so book in advance and we will let you know best time for it to have the best experience.

Whole day a private boat experience on


Enjoy the most famous snorkeling spot in Zanzibar -

Mnemba Atoll in a traditional private Dhow Boat on a FULL DAY experience.

There is only you and the boat`s team taking care of smooth sailing and delicious fresh lunch preparation directly on the boat while you swim and snorkel in turquoise water with thousands colorful fishes under you. Come back watching sun gently setting on the beach – what a romantic final of the beautiful day...will be just on time back to The Island for a dinner.

Half day snorkeling or diving on

Mnemba Atoll

Enjoy the most famous snorkeling and diving spot in Zanzibar.

Mnemba Atoll with local Dhow Boat and professional PADI certified team. Group boat trip for Half Day where you can swim surrounded by turquoise clear water and thousands of colorful fishes. Rest in between and take sun while enjoying fresh fruits and local snacks. If it is your first-time diving or you are certified diver – our team will make sure you are comfortable and safe