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Kervan Saray Beach Lodge

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Physical: Plot 29, Makangale Village, Tanzania
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was my second visit to Swahili divers; returned for a week. The diving was superlative. Airport transfers from Chake Chake to Swahili divers were flawless. Dive masters: Either of two young dive masters led the dives. Both had a lot of experience and were extremely competent and had quit a bit of knowledge of the dive sites. They even... More 

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Loma Linda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My brother and I recently stayed at Swahili Divers this past June, me just having finished my Peace Corps Service and my brother recently starting graduate school. Just off the bat, we were a little hesitant about the place due to its remote location on Pemba island, but those worries were unfounded. Everyone we met and hung out with, including... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a friendly place in a nice location, but seems rather run-down and really overpriced. We booked the 6 days/10 dives package and stayed in one of the "deluxe" bungalows. Unfortunately there's nothing deluxe about the bungalows, which are in a really bad shape, which don't reflect the rather high rates. There are no mosquito nets (or glass) in... More 

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turkishraf, Director at Kervan Saray Beach Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Sigrid DK, Thank you for your revew of Swahili Divers and the Kervan Saray. And thank you for being so kind as to say how friendly and helpful we were. I totally agree that our team are our best asset. I am very happy to read that you found our lodge a social place and that the atmosphere was... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very basic, backpacker-type place with access to some of the best diving I've ever experienced. As a diver, this was a 5-star experience: the 70m walls were alive with diverse, colorful coral; the diving instructor (Mickey, Swahli Divers) was kind, responsible and informative; the price for diving was reasonable, and exceptional value for money (given how glorious... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Pristine diving, basic bush accommodation really made us feel alone. Incredible diversity of animals, great team and authentic accommodation. This is really a bit of heaven if you are looking to escape all the mod cons

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New York City, New York
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The property sits on a ROCKY beach 300m from the water, with SHARP rocks where staff themselves cut their feet! The "pool" is an oversized, half empty, oversized bathtub. The food comes in small portions, and the drinks are expensive. The rooms have RATS and the mosquito nets have holes in them. The property has armed guards peering into rooms... More 

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turkishraf, Director at Kervan Saray Beach Lodge, responded to this review

This review is a reposting of a review previously removed. I will reply again- albeit briefly. This guest came right up to me and started his stay (this is a He) with a diatribe of racist abuse against Muslims. This is a little surprising as Zanzibar and Pemba are predominantly peaceful but quite Muslim Islands. This guest then dived to... More 

Jersey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I've been diving around the world, and I live the sea. I own my dive kit and boats on a small island off the UK. I've to Cuba, the Red Sea (Mainland and Sinai) , Great Barrier Reef, The Andaman and Nicobar Islands the Maldives, Mexico, The Canary Islands and all over the UK's smaller islands. About ten years ago,... More 

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turkishraf, Director at Kervan Saray Beach Lodge, responded to this review

Dear JdSc96, Thank you for such a thoughtful and very realistic review. It has been a pleasure having you dive with us over the years, We are so happy that you compare Pemba diving favourably with the rest of the world. We hope to see you next year - for a dive and maybe a safari Yours sincerely Raf More 

Kigali, Rwanda
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I spent a week here with a group of 6 others in April 2015, and it was everything we had dreamed of and then some. We all work in Rwanda and were forced to cancel another trip at the last minute due to security concerns, and the owners were fantastically helpful in getting everything sorted. We reached out just over... More 

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turkishraf, Director at Kervan Saray Beach Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Scotj Thanks so much for your review. We love getting great reviews it's such a vindication of our efforts, you are so correct to say that we are not for "high maintenance" people. Pemba is a unique island with unique challenges ; and we are proud of our role of being Pemba's budget option and professional NAUI pro platinum... More 

Utrecht, The Netherlands
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This place breathes a certain tranquility, it makes you slow down in an instant. You feel relaxed, welcome and at ease within the first hours after arriving. The shared meals are moments to meet other guests, to hear their diving stories of the day. Even I got excited by all the stories. My first diving experience in the pool was... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I spent a few days at Kervan Saray with my friend Pierre in july 2014. Can only have the warmest words about the place, owners and staff. It gives a real off the beaten track experience, in a fascinating corner of Tanzania. We did diving, snorkeling and some birdwatching but the best experience was the human factor. The place really... More 

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