Thanda Island is one of the world’s most exclusive island getaways, a paradise to enjoy in complete privacy with family and friends. Thanda Island is a tropical island with a single luxurious villa and two traditional Tanzanian Bandas in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Tanzania.
Thanda is situated in its own marine reserve where you can bathe in blue heaven with the gentlest giant of the ocean, the whale shark, and watch sea turtles nesting. Here, you can rest, rejuvenate and enjoy adventure sports, where shades of turquoise infuse your days and tropical spices your nights. If marine life isn't your thing, there's still plenty to do. Sea-kayaking is also a popular activity. Thanda also has its own tennis court, for those who prefer to see the sea from a safe distance.
Thanda Island was voted the World's Leading Exclusive Private Island by the 2016 World Travel Awards and features on the Condé Nast Traveler ‘Hot List 2017.’
It is located 16 miles off the coast of Tanzania. Travelers can access the island from neighboring Mafia Island, which is a 45-minute helicopter journey from Dar des Salaam on the mainland. The best way to reach Thanda is by helicopter. It takes between 15 and 45 minutes to fly from Mafia Island, dependent on weather conditions. The island's rate also includes free transfers from Mafia Island by boat.
Once guests have checked in, they get exclusive use of the whole island, while private chefs and staff cater to their every need. The seafood is spectacular, too, with fresh lobster, grilled tiger prawns as big as langoustines, red-snapper ceviche and seared tuna on the menu. The chefs are happy to prepare a Swahili feast of samosas, prawn and coconut curry, and mini doughnuts drenched in a spicy syrup served with milky chai tea.