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)!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Zanzibar Ocean Panorama Hotel Pemba Island, Tanzania - Mkoani