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Wambaa Peninsula Tanzania
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 07/20/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/20/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#3 of 8 hotels in Pemba Island
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Remote and peaceful, Fundu Lagoon has a distinct Robinson Crusoe air with charming rustic buildings nestling on the shore of the Indian Ocean, shaded by thatched roofs made from sundried coconut palms. While crowds flock to Zanzibar, few have heard of the Pemba island, her little sister to the north, which remains largely undeveloped. Living up to the ‘Spice Islands’ nickname, cloves form a major part of the local economy. Magic is also embedded in the culture, with ju-ju witch doctors providing medicine and social cohesion. Only accessible by boat, the resort extends along a natural beach, where the lush jungle meets the sea. Fundu Lagoon’s staff are almost all from the local villages and bush babies, vervet monkeys and dolphins also call Pemba home. Whether relaxing by the infinity pool, wandering along the shore and watching local women collect seaweed for the beauty industry, kayaking through the mangroves or admiring the pristine coral gardens around nearby Misali island, days here can be as relaxed or fun-filled as you make them. A consistent winner of the Good Safari Guide ‘Best Marine Safari’ Award, Fundu Lagoon smoothly continues the safari experience for those arriving from the bush, as well as being a standalone destination for couples seeking a romantic bolthole or families and friends seeking a place to unwind and switch off.
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Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Snack bar
Special diet menus
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Poolside bar
Diving
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Facial treatments
Foot massage
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Michaela D wrote a review May 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Let me start with the good - the resort is located in a spectacular setting and the diving/snorkeling nearby is phenomenal (you pay extra though to get there). Food and accommodations are average at best. Staff is nice but it's only that much one can do when management is not on top of things. I suppose, for honeymooners, who seem to be the target market, it doesn't matter, for everyone else - not worth the money. We are particularly upset that the dive center failed to transmit the diving log to PADI and therefore we couldn't get the PADI certification we paid for. Just another example of how poorly run the place is.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from ellis flyte, Owner at Fundu Lagoon
Responded Aug 2, 2020
First of all please accept my apologies for the late acknowledgement of your Trip Advisor review. I wanted personally to look into the issues that you have raised, and this took a little extra time as well. Last October we were unable to certify PADI course certifications on site, as although we had diving masters, we were without a specific diving instructor at that time, and a diving instructor is the only person who is allowed to sign the certifications. We also had a different General Manager (who is no longer with Fundu Lagoon), and it appears that in some areas, the normal high standard of service that we provide at the resort was not as it should have been. I am pleased to say that Ramon Ribes, our former General Manger, has returned to Fundu Lagoon and the hotel will be back to our first class standard of service throughout all departments for our guests to enjoy, once we know when we can reopen in these changing and challenging times. I understand that the PADI certification cards have now been signed and received, and I can only offer my apologies again that it took so long for this matter to be resolved. My sincerest apologies again. Ellis Flyte (Creative Director)
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Renee wrote a review Jan 2020
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First-class resort on a still yet "undiscovered" island off Zanzibar/Tanzania. Your flight will drop off passengers on Zanzibar before taking you to Pemba Island. A long, bumpy ride to the harbor before you are picked up by the Resorts motorboat and taken on a 15-minute ride across the bay to the jetty at Fundu where you are met with a welcoming smile from the managers and the most welcome cool drink and cold facecloth ever! If you are self-drive, you don't want to take the road to the resort, but I believe you can make arrangements at the harbor to park your vehicle there (for a fee). Being a solo traveler can make you stand out, but at this beautiful place, you feel very much at home. I stayed here for 2 nights and wished that I had booked to stay for longer. The resort is going for that Robinson Crusoe type effect, and they have it right, except you don't need to scrounge around for food (OMW, the food is divine!), there is the inclusive bar fridge in your room, and one of the most comfortable beds on a platform tent. Oh, and wonderful sunset drinks at the jetty bar... Plus it's one of the few times you get to see the other guests sharing Fundu with you. Accommodation set back amongst the overgrown forest, with the ever-present bushbaby. Relaxing activities on offer with a well-equipped dive center. Sunset dhow sailing trip with musicians and snacks, dolphin safari, snorkeling off Misali Island. Unfortunately, I arrived a day too late to experience the musical evening on the beach. Lovely swimming pool to cool off in if swimming off the beach is not your thing. Try to book an early morning trip to have breakfast and snorkel at Misali Island so that you can get there before the noisy hordes from other lodges arrive. That way once they arrive, you can leave or retreat to a quieter part of the island. Ablution facilities very basic on the Island, so remember to take toilet paper or tissues with you. Definitely request a walk to the village behind the resort and go on a guided walk through the Spice Garden that one of the villagers is developing, then stop and buy a fresh coconut! Support the locals!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from ellis f, Creative Director at Fundu Lagoon
Responded Feb 9, 2020
Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent stay with us at Fundu Lagoon. We get solo traveller guests quite often and they are always so surprised about how easy it is to enjoy their holiday at the resort without feeling awkward and ‘spare’. As you saw for yourself, Fundu has a very relaxed vibe and everyone is made to feel welcome. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the food that is on offer and your tented accommodation. As I’m sure you were told, Misali Island is owned by the Tanzanian government and the fee that we legally must charge every guest for a visit is supposed to go towards the upkeep of Misali and its guest facilities. I’m afraid that we have a constant on-going battle with the authorities in trying to get them to maintain and improve the rather basic ‘ablution’ facilities there – we do our best, so your tip to take toilet paper or tissues along is unfortunately very practical! However, as you saw for yourself, it is one of the most incredible snorkelling experiences that you could ever experience in your life so a trip to Misali is always worth doing. In your 2 night stay with us you certainly seem to have made the most of things and tried nearly everything on offer at the resort, I’m delighted that you had such a good break at Fundu – do come and visit us again for longer next time and take in a musical beach evening. Thank you again for taking the time and trouble to write your review, it is very much appreciated. Ellis Flyte (Creative Director) Ramon Ribes (Manager)
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RHAM wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
Fundu Lagoon was the final stop of our honeymoon and we certainly finished on a high! We were very kindly upgraded to a beach suite room, which really did add a special touch to our stay. The hotel is spotless and each member of staff so kind and accommodating. The surroundings are breathtakingly beautiful and sipping a margarita on the jetty as the sunset, before dinner on the beach, was heaven! A huge thank you to the whole team for looking after us. From start to finish our entire stay was a dream. If you want to ditch the wifi and walk straight into the Indian Ocean from your room, we highly recommend Fundu Lagoon.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from ellis f, Creative Director at Fundu Lagoon
Responded Feb 9, 2020
I was delighted to read that Fundu Lagoon will always be such a special part of your lives, and I’m thrilled that we were able to upgrade your accommodation to one of our beach suite rooms. Your kind words will be very much appreciated by Ramon and all of our staff and thank you also for your recommendation to others too. Many congratulations on your recent marriage – all of us at Fundu Lagoon wish you a long and happy life together. Ellis Flyte (Creative Director) Ramon Ribes (Manager)
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MGK travels wrote a review Jan 2020
Majorca, Spain48 contributions42 helpful votes
We won a voucher at a charity event for Manta Resort the underwater room. When we mentioned to few friends they recommended us to also go to Fundu lagoon in Pemba. We finally made up our mind and contacted the resort and luckily enough they had availability and were very accommodating. With that positive response we decided to seal the dates and confirm. We arrived there on a speed boat very comfortable and a good experience to a warm welcome from the manager herself. We were shown around and we were amazed and surprised to believe a paradise like this also existed. We were there for 4 nights and felt rejuvenated by the end of the trip. We would love to return at some point and will definitely recommend to family and friends. The entire team is so hospitable! Only thing we would like to add is - more food should be offered with the Zanzibar spices. The rest is very well placed and feels very homely.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from ellis f, Creative Director at Fundu Lagoon
Responded Jan 15, 2020
What fun to have won a voucher to stay in the underwater room at Manta! I’m delighted that it also gave you both an opportunity to take your friends’ advice to visit Fundu Lagoon and that you felt so rejuvenated by the end of your 4 day stay with us. I’m so pleased that you were made to feel very welcome by all our staff and that you felt so comfortable at the resort. I’ve taken on board your comments about the possibility of adding more Zanzibarian spices in our menu choices, and as it happens we’re currently working on adding more local spices to our side dishes, but I’m sure you understand that we have to cater for guests who possess all range of taste buds! I’m thrilled that you both would love to return to Fundu Lagoon at a future date – we all look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write your review – it is genuinely appreciated. With all good wishes for 2020. Ellis Flyte (Creative Director) Ramon Ribes (Manager)
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Claudia H wrote a review Dec 2019
Kuessnacht am Rigi, Switzerland92 contributions39 helpful votes
My husband and I just returned back to Switzerland from our second visit to Fundu Lagoon and we must say it was hard to leave. Even though our last visit was almost 2 years ago we remembered lots of faces. Food, lodging, service and diving (including coral reefs) have not lost in quality at all and are still outstanding. Medhi has taken over the Diving Center from Filbert. Together with Faki and his crew he is making sure that all his guests receive the best service ever and we have had lots of fun and outstanding dives. Thank you so much! Concidentally Ellis Flyte and Marcus Lewis stayed at Fundu at the same time as we did. It was great to meet them personally. Together with Martie and her husband Rusty they would meet the guests at the Jetty Bar every evening for a relaxed chat. It really felt like meeting a bunch of friends for a drink. Well we only can say: Keep going on like that and we sure hope to be able to come back again! Thanks for making our stay unforgettable!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from ellis f, Creative Director at Fundu Lagoon
Responded Dec 20, 2019
Thank you very much for coming back for a second visit to Fundu Lagoon - I’m delighted that it was as good as your first holiday with us and was equally hard to leave! We have many staff who have been with us for a number of seasons which is wonderful, but, as with every resort, circumstances and life changes and inevitably some staff move on to other jobs at other hotels. Marcus and myself very much enjoyed meeting you both too, and I’m delighted that you felt it was like meeting a ‘bunch of friends for a drink’, as that is how it feels to all of us too. We’ll certainly keep up the momentum and will look forward to being able to have more drinks with you at the Jetty Bar in the future! With all good wishes for Christmas and 2020. Ellis Flyte (Creative Director)
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PRICE RANGE
$441 - $632 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
fundu lagoon pemba island, fundu lagoon hotel pemba island
LOCATION
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoPemba Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fundu Lagoon
What are some of the property amenities at Fundu Lagoon?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Fundu Lagoon?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Fundu Lagoon?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Fundu Lagoon?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Fundu Lagoon?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, and Swahili.
Does Fundu Lagoon have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.