We selected Pemba in part for the diving and the rest because it seemed to fit with our honeymoon requirements; off beaten track, hot/sunny, private, not too many people, etc.
We couldn't stretch to two weeks in Fundu, so started the honeymoon in the other significant Pemba resort; Manta Lodge at the north of the island. Manta was good, Fundu was mindblowing. No comparison does justice to how right they have got this resort.
It's an incredibly sympathetic resort with regard to the surroundings and when approaching by sea, is almost invisible until you are quite close. The sea gives way to white sands, dotted with mangrove which then gives way to forest. Nestling in between all this are the various elements of the Fundu resort - all linked by wooden walkways. Difficult to fully appreciate without seeing - but magnificent and very 'at one with nature'.
We stayed in a suite which included a pool and seperate living area. Couldn't have asked for more and whenever we returned from lunch or dinner, the cleaning 'fairies' had clearly been, which was always a nice touch.
If you need contact with loads of other people of feel uncomfortable in the wilderness, it won't be for you. Likewise if you have to have all mod cons in your room. If you are really funny about creepy crawlies (giant millipedes, land crabs, etc)then you might want to think again.
If you are looking for a beautiful, well run resort, like diving/snorkelling, enjoy great food, don't have a need to be surrounded by people, love nature, can cope without telly, then this might be your idea of paradise. It was ours.
The staff are fantastic, special mentions for William, Abdul & Liz. Dive team, including Sebastien & Marlene were great.
As a footnote, this resort draw a good number of staff from the local village and have additionally built this village a fantastic school, probably the envy of the whole island.
- Also Known As:
- Fundu Lagoon Pemba Island
- Fundu Lagoon Hotel Pemba Island