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- Pongwe Beach Hotel

Situated on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, the Pongwe Beach Hotel is a true paradise retreat, set within a secluded bay on the east coast of Zanzibar. We are a modestly sized hotel, with ten traditional beach-side cottages, and an intimate atmosphere.

Pongwe Beach is a tranquil location — the ideal place to relax and enjoy Zanzibar’s distinctive, mellow pace. You can dive into the crystal clear waters of the Indian ocean, or stretch out and soak up the sun on the beach. It is the ideal retreat for those looking for that extra special honeymoon, or a holiday with an air of exclusivity.

We have our own traditional wooden long boat with which our guests may gain access to deep waters before and beyond the reef. This provides the ideal opportunity to go game fishing for tuna, marlin, barracuda and king fish. We also have snorkeling out at Mnemba Atoll where you can will find many coral species and marine life; and at Kizimkazi where sharks, dolphins and turtles can be found. Scuba diving can be arranged whether it be a day dive or a Padi open water course.

Dine in style
Our consultant chef from England — who has spent time in the kitchens of the Dorchester Hotel, London; and the famous Lucas Carton, one of Paris’ finest restaurants — has advised and trained our own in-house chefs, so you can be assured that the crab, king prawn, and other fine local food will be prepared and cooked to the highest of international standards.

The Cottages
The resort’s beautiful gardens surround ten beach front Zanzibarian cottages. You will find various local hand crafted Zanzibarian doors and traditional beds. All cottages have en suite bathrooms, with Moroccan style walk in showers. Each cottage also has its own private terrace where guests may enjoy the sunrise and a leisurely breakfast.

The sea view cottages have traditional lime wash walls, and thatched roofs made from woven palm leaves. The size of our resort allows us to maintain a high standard of service, and even during peak-season the atmosphere at the Pongwe Beach Hotel remains relaxed, intimate and exclusive.

If you would like take a trip around the island, or to Stone Town — the historic, bustling, cultural core of Zanzibar — we can arrange a car. Alternately, if you prefer a bit more freedom, you could hire a 4×4 jeep, or a motorbike. Or you may prefer to take to the ocean, and go out for a day cruising on our long boat, and combine it with some big game fishing and snorkeling.

Jeep hire (per day)
Motorbike hire (per day)
Spice tour
Game fishing (half day inc. lunch)
Snorkeling plus use of equipment (full day)
Dolphin snorkeling (full day inc. lunch)
Padi try dive (half day - includes transport via taxi)
Padi scuba diver course (3 days)


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