Snorkeling in Bongoyo Island | Dar-es-salaam tours
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Located just four miles north of Dar es Salaam, Bongoyo Island is a popular getaway destination near the Msasani Peninsula. Enjoy relaxation at its best as you lounge on one of the pristine beaches under a thatched umbrella. Explore the beautiful hiking trails lined by baobab trees. Head out for a refreshing swim or grab your snorkeling gear and dive beneath the waves to explore a vibrant aquatic world teeming with exotic marine life. Take a break from your adventure to savor fresh barbecued seafood and sip on a cold beverage at the open-air snack bar.
When you first arrive on the island, a man comes around with a menu to take your order for lunch at the one restaurant available. You must order in advance to give the cooks time to catch the fish and prepare the food, and lunch times are set at 12:30 and 1:00.
Boats leave the Slipway pier, located in Msasani, the peninsula of Dar es Salaam. Departure times are 9:30, 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30. Return times to come back to the mainland are 10:30, 12:30, 2:30 and 5:00. The one way trip takes about 30-40 minutes, depending on how rough the waves are. It costs 36,000 shillings, or $22, to go, which includes a round trip boat ticket and fees for the island.
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Snorkeling in Bongoyo Island
Private boats are also available for hire. They can take you to the other hidden beaches, and often provide lunch and snorkeling. There a glass bottom boat tours that can be arranged from the stores near the Slipway pier.
In addition to snorkeling, the island is also a popular scuba diving spot due to the water’s clarity and the gorgeous reefs surrounding the island. The most enticing attraction, however, is the sunken ship located on the east side of the island. The shallowest end is 4 meters beneath the surface, making it accessible to free divers as well. Bright colored fish swim in and out of the windows, creating an exciting underwater adventure.
Bongoyo Island is a great place to catch a few rays, go kite boarding, and enjoy fresh grilled seafood. Many people make this a must do while visiting Dar es Salaam; don’t miss your chance to enjoy this clean and intimately small tropical island.
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Prices – Ferry rides are 35,000 TZS (about $20 USD) per person. Shade banda rentals are 5,000 TZS (about $3 USD) each.
By Feery; The ferry to Mbudya Island departs from the Slipway pier in Dar es Salaam. The boat ride costs around 40,000 TZN ($17.40) and the journey takes around 45 minutes each way. The ferries depart twice in the morning (9:30 am and 11:30 am) and the last ferry returns to the Slipway at around 4:30 pm.
Bongoyo Island is located in an area that travelers like for its seaside. You’ll find 75 hotels and other accommodations within a few miles for a convenient home base.
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Dar es Salaam is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data, and this 4-star hotel offers free WiFi and free parking. It’s located 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Bongoyo Island. Other good options within 5 miles include White Sands Resort & Conference Centre and Seascape Hotel.
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