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“Home Away from Home” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Tanga
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Indianapolis, IN
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Home Away from Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Fish Eagle Point is absolutely breath-taking. Waking up and falling asleep to the waves of the Indian Ocean right outside our bungalow was perhaps the most relaxing experience. The staff was extremely helpful and always willing to make your stay perfect. The food was always delicious and fresh! I couldn't have asked for a better place to stay for my first trip to Tanzania!

Room Tip: Rooms with an ocean-side view are exquisite!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Fish Eagle Point was beautiful. From the main lodge to the rooms, everything was superb. The ocean view is beautiful and I don't think I've ever seen so many stars at night. I felt very safe for the whole duration of my visit. The food was always good and we had a great variety to choose from. There was a great variety of activities to choose from and the staff was always fun and willing to talk. Fish Eagle also had many comforts of home like wifi, tv, and plenty of spots to charge electronics so I was able to keep in touch with the world if I needed to. Great trip! I truly hope I can return sometime

Room Tip: Rooms near the lodge have more powerful showers.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Lafayette, Indiana
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

What a wonderful place to make my first visit to Tanzania (indeed, Africa). The location is idyllic, set right beside the Indian Ocean to catch cool breezes and provide gorgeous views. The accommodations are pleasant, with thought to travelers' comfort: airy rooms to encourage natural AC, shady verandas with seating and hammocks, a lockable closet area with luggage rack. The staff is absolutely lovely, whether providing snorkels and sodas, fixing delicious meals or helping to improve my Swahili.

My stay at Fish Eagle was a bit of a busman's holiday since I was part of a study abroad program consisting of two professors and 24 students. Fish Eagle was able to accommodate both work and vacation. I had wifi and space when I needed to work but an ocean, pool and breezy veranda when I wanted to play - as well as a well-stocked bar for an afternoon libation. I was amazed that Fish Eagle was able to accommodate so many people so easily; we never felt crowded or less than well-provided-for.

Steve and Kathy are worth an excellent rating of their own. They were nothing but wonderful during our stay, despite the many demands placed on their time and resources with our group's needs. Fish Eagle would not be the same lovely place without them.

Room Tip: Some of the bandas are placed close by the shore, providing beautiful views and stiffer breezes; all...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

I visited Fish Eagle Point a while back but have only recently joined TA. It is so hard to put into words what an amazing experience me and 2 friends had. We phoned ahead from Zanzibar to book a room, when we asked about travel we were told don’t worry, it’ll be sorted. Walking out of Tanga ‘airport’ we were greeted by a pickup truck that bounced us down to the Yacht Club. There we were rowed out to a traditional fishing boat and motored up the coast through mangroves and coral. We waded ashore to the warmest welcome. Fish Eagle Point is not a hotel, it was some ones dream that turned into a passion. The owners treat the staff like family, the discreet and professional staff treat the guests as friends. The hotel and bungalow style rooms feel 5*. Then you realise that this place has been built by local craftsman using local materials, no shiny high tech gadgetery, just the most blissful relaxing location you could imagine. Food was exceptional. Be brave, go off the beaten track and you will be rewarded.

Room Tip: Near to the shore the better
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arusha, Tanzania
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

The greatest thing about the owners of Fish Eagle Point is that they care so much about the environment around them, its really worth traveling there just to talk to them. Apart from the fresh seafood, pool and beach, birds and walks, snorkeling, comfy beds and airy rooms. Please keep it up, we all wan tot come back.

Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Hong Kong
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25 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We were looking for a place near Tanga to break the journey between Mombasa and Dar es Salaam. Although closer to the Kenyan border than to Tanga itself, Fish Eagle Point appeared to have the right ingredients for such a break - accommodation in rustic cottages in a peaceful, coastal location and facilities for fishing, snorkelling and kayaking.

We booked a couple of the cottages and took the bus south from Mombasa after arranging a pick-up from the turn-off from the main road to Fish Eagle. One of the staff was duly there to meet us, and after a 20-minute drive through the jungle and a fair-sized village, we arrived at the lodge.

For the next two days we enjoyed comfort, good food and the friendly attention of the owners and staff whilst exploring the coastal mangroves by kayak, snorkelling around the offshore rocks and relaxing with a book by the small pool.

The cottages are spacious and provided with large modern bathrooms and extremely comfortable beds. The semi-open design allows you to fall asleep to the sound of the sea, just a few dozen metres away and to wake to the sound of the abundant local birdlife.

The food was generally very good, the highlight being our last evening, when we were served massive crabs caught in the nearby mangroves and cooked to perfection.

Although we only stayed a couple of nights, we felt completely refreshed and ready to tackle the bus trip to Dar Es Salaam. The owners, Cathy and Steve arranged a transfer to Tanga and the bus tickets for us, and despite the inevitable delays at the bus station, we got to Dar in reasonable time without having to make a desperately early start.

If staying at Fish Eagle for longer, you might wish to pay a quick visit to Tanga, and other excursions to nearby attractions can be arranged. However, we were more than happy to linger at the lodge and its immediate surrounds for our entire stay and we would certainly return for another visit if we are in this part of Africa again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

The first time I visited Fish Eagle Point it was a prize won in a raffle in Dar es Salaam. We travelled to the lodge by bus from Dar es Salaam. The journey to this beautifully remote lodge by public transport was mammoth but as soon as we arrived you felt instantly recharged and relaxed in this idillic hideaway. I have never felt more welcomed and looked after on holiday. Cathy, Steve, their daughter and staff were a pleasure to stay with. The lodge itself is charming and perfectly suited to its natural surroundings. The attention to detail was incredibly thoughtful. Waking to tea and coffee brought to your beach fronting bungalow of a morning was just right. The meals were delicious, fresh, locally sourced and plentiful. Cathy even supplied a delicious packed lunch for the journey home. Fish Eagle Point is a captivating place to stay, the entire lodge and grounds are spotlessly clean and it is obvious how much care and pride is taken by everyone who works there. The second time I stayed at Fish Eagle Point it was just as inviting and enjoyable as the first. It is hard to leave and forget this magical spot.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P O Box 723, Tanga, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Tanga Region > Tanga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Tanga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All prices reflected are on FULL BOARD basis. A new eco-friendly coastal resort 40km north of Tanga. Unique, truly secluded and natural. Several beaches of varying sizes, mixed with coral rock formations and mangroves. Offering fishing (inshore and offshore in Pemba channel), snorkeling, dhow trips, visits to historical and cultural sites. The cliche 'bush to beach' applies, natural coastal forest and an abundant variety of animals and birds. Buildings are spaciously built using local materials, freestanding bungalows are individualistic incorporating natural features. ... more   less 
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