Fundu lagoon is absolutely gorgeous. It has amazing white sand that drops down into the most amazing blue water you will ever see. Unfortunately this hotel is not in Fundu lagoon but on Wambaa beach, a very poor substitute.(we visited the real Fundu Lagoon on a dive trip).
When we visited there was no swimming pool, which I am sure now makes a difference. The gradient of the beach is so slight that realistically you can only go into the water an hour either side of high tide, and then only up to your hips.
As a qualified Divemaster as I was really looking forward to the diving. The instructors were very good and the diving equipment was good. However the engines on the boats kept breaking down and there were no spares and one day there was no diving at all. The diving itself was poor, a result I understand of commercial fishing some five years ago. Some of the corals are nice but there was very little sea life.
As for the hotel itself my wife and I found it disappointing. We had been led to expect a five star shabby chic resort, with a five star price tag to match. Having spent the prior week on safari we had no problems with the varied wild-life though the mildew infested tent and no electricity for three nights was a bit too shabby for my liking. One small thing that summed up the hotel perfectly for me was seeing staff at breakfast put instant coffee into a cafetiere and try and pass it off as filtered.
For those looking for a five star experince, shabby or otherwise, this is not the place. It is at best three star and I can think of a great many three star resorts I would rather visit.
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- Also Known As:
- Fundu Lagoon Pemba Island
- Fundu Lagoon Hotel Pemba Island