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“nice view, good seafood, great service... no beach” 4 of 5 stars
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PO Box 100, Mkoani po box 101, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Mkoani B&B and Inns
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“nice view, good seafood, great service... no beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2011

You can walk up from the ferry port in less than 10 minutes, its 45 mins in a cab from chake chake airport.

Email & phone comms dodgy on the island but they will reply when they can and confirmed my booking admirably by email.

Room is clean, mozzie proof and a decent size with a veranda and view. No a/c but not needed. Fan was fine.

Hot showers when you need them.

Good day trip to the snorkelling island $45 pp ($ iwas on my own so $60)

The little prop jet cessnas run by coastal aviation are great for aerial photography.

But the beach is a few kms away so you need a lift or a hike, but lovely & quiet compared to the main island Unguja (I think!).

And great value at $35 B&B in my mind.

Enjoy

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2011

If you are the sporty type who enjoys snorkelling and would like to get away from it all during the 'winter chaos' - then this is place to be! We went in late December through to the new year.
The room (lodge) was spacious and clean. The food was fantastically delicious - all home cooked to order. The general manager/supervisor called Prince was extremely helpful and friendly and you could get almost anything you wanted by placing an order with him. Mr Ali the manager made a big effort to surprise us on New Year's eve - we had a barbecue of crab, squid, octopus and grilled tuna - lots of food, followed with local entertainment of dancing and singing. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Whilst I can not fault the atmospheric views and the friendly staff at the Ocean Panorama, for me Pemba's down-side is that it lacks infrastructure and facilities in comparison to it's sister island Ugunja (Zanzibar)!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2010

We had a disappointing stay here. The price of $50 is far too high considering the quality of the hotel. The 'trips' organised by Ali the manager are very expensive. You get the sense, he wants to make as much money from you as possible. Our rooms were very basic, and are not worth $50. They are $20 at best. In addition, they charge for food but again the prices are very high, especially considering the quality of the offering, was pretty basic. Mohammed the owner and his wife, were lovely but I didn't find Ali particularly friendly, welcoming or hospitable. In addition, following our first nights sleep I awoke after a few hrs with a burning sensation all over my skin. This lasted for well over 2 days or so and was incredibly painful. Speaking to a doctor on my return, it was suggested that this was most likely due to the substances used to wash the bed linen. Given this, I thought it was particularly unjust they offered no discount at all, which was remarkable given out of my 3 days there, 2 were spent in considerable pain.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2010

I went to Pemba Island for 3 nights on my own. I was worried as a single female traveller going to this remote island but Mohamed the manager and Ali the owner made me feel very welcome, safe and looked after me well throughout my stay. They picked me up from the airport, catered according to what I had asked for in the morning and organised day trips which I would enjoy.

The hotel was lovely and clean with a great view. The rooms are simple but adequate for what you pay. The staff are helpful. The hotel is very quiet as is the island. However the hotel is next door to Jondeni guest house so you can pop across there to meet people .

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2010

you can`t see anywhere such a wonderful sunset! the food is great and who doesn`t wish to stay alone a whole day on a small island with white beaches and do the best snorchelling in his life? we enjoyed it very much *asante*

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2010

I do not think this review can do justice to the Ocean Panorama. Suffice it to say that I was so captivated by the allure of this establishment that I promised its management that I will return later in the year for a much longer stay. Its simplicity belies its charm which is enhanced by the panoramic view of the Indian Ocean. If you have a book to write or if you simply want to get away from it all this is where you should go. The hotel — no, 'hotel' is the wrong word — this 'home from home' is set in quiet, idyllic surroundings overlooking the sea.

The staff was pleasant and polite to a fault. The Manager, Mr Muhammed Salim, who everyone calls 'Teacher', and his wife Bi Khadija made us feel very much at home. They were very accommodating in providing all that we needed from the moment they collected us from Chake Chake airport up until our departure. At meal times, they made sure that the fare — always local — was extensive and elaborate.

An added bonus to the Ocean Panorama — a truly hidden gem — is that it is within walking distance of Mkoani Port, so if you arrive by boat you can just walk to your 'home-by-the-sea'.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2010

I was in Mkoani on business and stayed 2 nights at Ocean Panorama. The view is lovely, the food is simple but terrific (try the crab, clams, and grilled tuna fish!), and the whole place is very quiet. During a free moment, enjoyed walking down through the mangroves and wading in the sea at low tide with local kids, finding starfish, crabs, etc. The rooms are simple, but clean. With the screen door open at night and ceiling fan on, the temps were fine for sleeping. It is a 20 minute walk into town and a 10 minute walk to the port. The hotel can also give you a lift for a small fee as there are few taxis in Mkoani.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Zanzibar Ocean Panorama Hotel

Address: PO Box 100, Mkoani po box 101, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Pemba Island > Mkoani
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Mkoani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
History:The island of Pemba known as 'Al Jazeera Al Khadra' (the green island, in Arabic) is an island forming part of the Zanzibar archipelago, lying off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. It is situated about 50 kilometres to the north of the island of Zanzibar. In the 1960s Zanzibar was united with the former colony of Tanganyika to form Tanzania. It lies 50 kilometres east of mainland Tanzania. Together with Mafia Island (south of Zanzibar), they form the Spice Islands (not to be confused with Maluku Islands of Indonesia or Pemba island of Mozambique). In 1988, the estimated population was 265,000, with an area of 980 km². Attractionocean panorama is situated at jodenni Mkoani and is becoming well-known for its dive sites, with vertiginous drop-offs, untouched coral and very abundant marine life. The central town Mkoani is located on a hill with a view to the west on the bay and the tiny Misali island where the tides determine the view of sunsets and sunrise. the island is an eclusive site for snorkeling or mesmorising the wildlife such as tropical birds or marine insects. Why stay at Ocean Panorama? have you ever heard the saying paradise on earth? well this quatation lives up to its name at Ocean Panorama, you will not be dissapointed. We offer the best in East African cuisines with a wild range of spices and tropical fruits. " We wish you were here,you wish, you would never want to leave" ... more   less 
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Zanzibar Ocean Panorama Hotel Pemba Island, Tanzania - Mkoani

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