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“The perfect day -getaway”
Review of Bongoyo Island

Bongoyo Island
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

If you need a day away from the busy city life, hop onto a boat, lay by the beautiful ocean, read a book, swim, and enjoy a freshly caught and cooked lobster, calamari or piece of fish and chips then Bongoyo is the break you need.

Thank sab0203
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

Went Bongoyo for a bit of snorkelling which wasnt great. Very few fish & virtually none of any decent size. Because you get stung on Mzungu price (if your white skinned) & just how awefull the staff on the island where I wouldnt advise anyone to go there even if it was free, save your money dont go!

2  Thank M00kster
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Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

Okay, maybe I did grow up in the farmlands of Nigeria, but I've never seen such a beautiful place as Bongoyo island. Untouched by civilization, it is a nature enthusiast's heaven complete with small coves filled with shells, shells and more shells. Beach close to powder white sand.
The boat ride from the Slipways is about 20-30 mins. Remember to take some drinking water along. I made the mistake of not taking my swimming trunks and regretted it bitterly so pls take your swimming gear. The water is absolutely divine. There's a small makeshift canteen that serves basic food and drinks, nothing fancy. There are small open shades, under which you can rest in reclined chairs or mats. You can also snorkel and I understand you can rent equipment.
Now the other side of the coin, ...... You pay for everything! Good thing is its not expensive.
Prefect way to spend the day with family and friends......just bathe and laze away!!!

Thank Deyuze
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

This is a nice spot to get away from Dar for a day.
You pay for your boat and conservation fee (31000 Tsh total) at the kiosk at the end of the pier, which is to the right of the Waterfront Restaurant at Slipway. Be sure to keep your receipts as you will be asked to present proof of conservation fee payment once you reach the island. The first departure is at 09:30 and there is a minimum of four people required on the ferry.
A motor boat delivers you to and from the ferry, which can make for some interesting times depending on how calm the water is.
Fresh seafood and cold drinks are available but in limited supply, so get your orders in fast. Calamari or prawn skewers with chips (10000 Tsh) were very tasty. (Do bring snacks just in case they run out of food.)
Banda's cost 5000 Tsh and each chair/bed is 1500 Tsh. There is a clean drop toilet on the island.
Quite a bit of debris does wash ashore and unfortunately there doesn't seem to be much interest in cleaning it up.
Overall, a lovely quick island getaway from Dar with delicious fresh seafood.

Thank Daniel H
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

The island is about 7km off Slipway in Dar Es Salaam and takes about 30 to 45 minutes to get there. We arrived early, before the island staff arrived, on our own boat, and had our choice of Bandas. If you arrive after 9am, there are crowds of people scrambling for bandas. The weather was perfect, as was the water.
Food and drink is available for purchase - they usually come around taking orders and often get the order wrong. The food available is freshly caught seafood which is prepared and cooked on site in a very rustic, run down "restaurant."
A great experience.

Thank Rory G
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