Access to the beach
Depending on the moon and the daily tides, you can access the beach in front of the hotel from the Mnarani deck area. Take a leisurely stroll to the Nungwi Dhow shipbuilding yard, beach-comb or join the local women and children as they search the shallows of the reef for small fish and octopus. Remember to bring your beach shoes with you.
The Nungwi peninsula boasts magnificent diving and snorkeling sites, most notably the famed Mnemba Atoll. A full day trip on Mnarani’s own traditional dhow, ‘My Lady’, will take you there for an extensive forage into the tropical underwater world, swimming and sunbathing 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 catch 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. There are double and single kayaks available; life jackets and shoes can be provided.
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 guests include; King Fish, Sail Fish, Blue Marlin and Yellow Fin Tuna.
PADI Scuba Diving
There are no diving facilities at Mnarani itself, but we work closely with a reputable certified dive center in the vicinity. We are more than happy to assist you with booking your dives or PADI courses. More on diving in Zanzibar.
If you are an experienced Hobie cat 16 captain, you are welcome to hire Mnarani’s boat. If it’s your first time, one of our experienced staff can take you sailing to enjoy the breeze along the coast. Please note the sailing will depend on the sea condition.
From December to March you can enjoy the thrill of kitesurfing in front of the hotel.
Located directly on the beach, cooled by the sea breeze and with it’s own meditative wave sound system, Mnaranis Spa will help you unwind and de-stress your body created by the pressures of normal everyday life.
We have 27 rooms and 4 family apartments available at Mnarani Beach Cottages. Our rooms are all en-suite with hot and cold water and are all equipped with a/c, fans, safes and have spacious verandas to relax on.
At Mnarani beach cottages, we have an abundance of activities to keep you entertained. You can try scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, deep sea fishing, kite surfing. We laso have a relaxed sunset cruise everyday.