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Kervan Saray Beach Lodge

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed October 22, 2016

very cozy friendly atmosphere, you really feel at home with all the nice little touches, no crowds no hassle and the diving is awesome only to be overdone by the food. it is the place for whatever you want to make your vacation to be

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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed October 17, 2016

We had a lovely time on Pemba, thanks to Francesca and Ralph - and the other guests ! Relax on the deck over the ocean, go for walks on the beach, drive around the island, kayak at sundown (DO kayak at sundown!) and rest in large, no-frill, airy rooms, decorated with great taste. This is not a luxury resort, just... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

Large but fairly basic rooms. We loved the rooms but they are on the edge of a beach in a "jungle" type area so do expect bush babies eating the soap in the bathrooms and lizards / mice etc running along the roof and walls. Food was basic but plentiful and cooked by locals from the nearby village. The village... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed August 23, 2016

small village of authentic cozy bungalows, in jungle at the seaside. Food is simple but fresh. dive sites are beautiful - endless coral gardens. Resort is very rural and natural - best for those of us who came to understanding that wilderness is an ultimate luxury

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Thank CreativeDivemaster
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7 reviews
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Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

Where to start... If you can appreciate this place for what it is you will love it! It's not a 5* hotel, it is isolated and in the mids of nature so you will be accompanied by some visitors especially at night time but it's part of the charm. The food is delicious and plentiful. The staff is amazing and... More 

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Reviewed July 25, 2016

The operational constraints of running a lodge in a village in northern Pemba, one of the most remote places in the Zanzibar Archipelago and perhaps one of the most remote places in Tanzania, must be painstaking. That being said, Raf and Cisca own and manage a wonderful, safe, and comfortable dive operation out of Kervan Saray Beach Lodge/Swahili Divers, and... More 

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Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

Me and 9 friends recently just completed the NAUI SCUBA open water certification in a five day course and we all loved it. It's an amazing and beautiful environment, the perfect spot to holiday and a smashing staff to match. Good food, reasonably priced drinks and you always know you can ask for anything and you'll be taken care of.... More 

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Thank livelaughscuba
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Reviewed June 19, 2016

The folks at Swahili Divers are so accommodating to all levels of divers and snorklers. My friends and I did a NAUI open water certification last week, and we found the level of instruction way higher than expected. Swahili divers train you for more than the minimum standards require. For recreational divers, there are many options of reefs to see... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 25, 2016

It's very difficult to say anything bad about this place. You will understand only after spending time here. Raf and 'Cisca, the owners, are obviously passionate about what they do and go to great efforts to make everyone feel welcome - a home from home family type of vibe. Though not to everyone's taste (the phone by the bed, minibar... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed February 15, 2016

Our group of 8 came to Pemba island to relax a bit and get over jet lag before our planned adventure to bike across Tanzania to Moshi than up Kilimanjaro. We spent a couple of days here just snorkeling and relaxing. It was perfect. It was just what we needed to put the stress of air travel behind us and... More 

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
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  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Kervan Saray Beach Lodge is a series of large airy bungalows beside the sea. Started as simple accommodation for divers , the Kervan Saray has evolved into a comfortable lodge for scuba divers, birders, sea kayakers and adventurous souls alike. A bar, pool, restaurant and deck, allow our guests to really relax. The Hotel is also home to Swahili Divers, Pemba’s first PADI 5 star dive centre, The Kervan Saray Beach is owner managed. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Kervan Saray Beach Lodge

Address: Physical: Plot 29, Makangale Village, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Pemba Island
Price Range: $194 - $288 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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