There are some magnificent diving and snorkeling sites around the Nungwi peninsula, most notably the famed Mnemba Atoll. A full day trip on our own traditional dhow, the “My Lady”, will take you there for extensive forages into the tropical underwater world, swimming and sun bathing on a remote and picturesque beach.
You can choose from two favorite snorkeling spots – one in shallow and one in deeper water. Swim with the dolphins (although their presence can’t be guaranteed) or go for a spot of fishing and catch your own lunch. Don’t worry if you don’t get a bite – we’ll buy from the local fishermen and set up a beach barbecue just for you!
Sailing on a traditional Swahili dhow is a great experience in itself. Add the sunset, the gentle breeze and the peace and calm out there in our azure waters… and it turns into an unforgettable holiday memory!
Paddling along the coastline in a kayak is a relaxing and fun way to explore your surroundings. We have double and single kayaks available; life jackets and shoes are provided.
There are no diving facilities at Mnarani itself, but we work closely with several reputable, certified dive centers in the vicinity. We are more than happy to assist you with booking your dives or PADI courses.
The waters around the North of Zanzibar are teeming with marine life. If you feel like catching your own dinner, Mnarani offers both full (8h) and half-day (4h) deep sea fishing trips. Our boat carries a maximum of five passengers plus crew. It is fully equipped with two outboard engines, GPS, radio, fish finder, life jackets and first aid kit.
Fish caught by our guests include King Fish, Sail Fish, Blue Marlin and Yellow Fin Tuna.
KITING, SURFING & CO
Our beach is ideal for kite surfing. There is almost always a breeze, and the soft white sandy beach allows for easy launching and landing.
Zanzibar has two different trade winds. The “Kusi” is a slightly cooler wind that blows consistently at an average speed of 18 knots from the South East. It starts in April and usually blows until December. It is calmer in the morning and increases strength in the afternoon to consistently up to 25 knots. This allows the surfer to go between the beach and the reef as the wind blows side-shore along Mnarani’s beach. This side shore wind is ideal for wave riding and heading out the reef.
The “Kaskazi” is the Northern Monsoon wind that starts to blow around the 20th of December and continues until early April. It comes from the North and is much stronger than the Kusi. It is strongest in the morning with speeds of up to 30 knots and gets a bit lighter in the afternoon (speed around 15 knots). At Mnarani it blows slightly on-shore, which allows the surfer to surf pretty much parallel to the beach.
There are some recommendable kite centers around Nungwi; we will gladly put you in touch with them.
Same goes for other water sports like windsurfing, water skiing etc.
As much as we like you to relax and unwind at Mnarani, there are lots of interesting things to do and to discover around the island. Whether you want to visit a spice farm or the endemic Red Colobus monkeys in Jozani Forest, wander around the picturesque historical Stone Town or swim with dolphins – you name it, we organize it for you in cooperation with reputable local tour operators.