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Mbudya Island Vs Bongoyo Island

Mbudya Island Vs Bongoyo Island

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Mbudya Island Vs Bongoyo Island

When you’re in Dar es Salaam, your two best island beach choices are Mbudya or Bongoyo. The latter is much closer to Dar; you only need to take a short boat ride from the Slipway. Mbudya can take up to an hour or so from Slipway by boat, so many often decide to drive to White Sands and take a five-minute speed boat ride from there. Mbudya, however, is totally worth the extra time and driving. Compared to Bongoyo, the beach itself is larger, there are more huts and covered areas, the facilities are nicer, and the coral around the island is in much better shape, which means that you will see a lot more should you decide to snorkel around the island.

There are bathroom facilities in Mbudya and there are snacks and fresh-caught fish and lobster available too. When you arrive and pay the park entrance/hut/chair rental fees, someone will ask you what you wish to eat for lunch. You can ask for lobster, and the lobster will be caught, grilled, and immediately served to you with lime and chips. My friends and I often bring a cooler with drinks to Mbudya since the drink selection is not that good. You should go in the morning and leave after lunch, since the island will get crowded with University of Dar es Salaam students by 3 or 4pm. They come with large speakers and often compete with each other to determine who can play R Kelly or Nelly the loudest.

Snorkeling is a must in Mbudya. Dynamite and net fishing have devastated most of the reef surrounding Dar, but the authorities in Mbudya have somehow convinced the fishermen to stay away, so the reef around the island is actually quite beautiful and teeming with life. I have even found a few different types of pipefish on some of the more shallow reefs while snorkeling. If you’re in Dar and you have a free morning, you will not go wrong with choosing Mbudya over Bongoyo.

Hotels near Mbudya Island

Azure Boutiqe Resort

The unique Azure Boutique Resort Dar-es-salaam offers the ultimate in comfort and hospitality depicting the rich culture and décor of the coast.

Jangwani See Breeze Resort

Jangwani Resort

Jangwani Sea Breeze Resort is situated on the mainland of Dar es Salaam, along Mbezi Beach on beautiful white sand; a 25 ms drive away from the city center.

Ramada Resort Kunduchi Dar-es-salaam

Ramada Resort

Escape to a relaxing beachfront retreat at Ramada Resort kunduchi Dar-es-salaam by Wyndham Dar Es Salaam. With a gorgeous private beach

White Sands

The White Sands Resort and Conference Centre is situated on an idyllic private beach, just 25km north of Dar es Salaam and Julius Nyerere International Airport.

Sea Scape Hotel

The Seascape Hotel Kunduchi is situated along the Indian Ocean coastline, 30 minutes north of Dar es Salaam. It features a swimming pool, fitness centre and a restaurant.

Emerald House

Emerald House Kunduchi Dar-es-slaam is located on a peaceful and tranquil neighborhood along Africana Drive, Mbezi Beach, 10 minutes drive from the Africana Road / Bagamoyo Road Junction.

Mbudya Island Map

Mbudya Island FAQ

The trip to Mbudya starts on the beach, next to a stretch of tourist hotels on a hired boat. Once you get onto the island, you come to the realization that you have to pay for literally everything. You will pay for being on the island (it is a marine reserve) Tshs 2,000 ($0.89) for the locals and Tshs 22,500 ($10.06) for foreigners. The average cost per person to get to and from the island is Tshs 10,000 (we paid Tshs 12,500 pp). ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

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.

Dar es Salaam; Mbudya Island (or simply Mbudya) is an uninhabited island in Tanzania, north of the country’s largest city, Dar es Salaam and is one of the four islands of the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve (DMRS).
If you’re planning to come to the area to visit Mbudya Island, take some time to see the rest of the sights while you’re in town. You’ll find 33 hotels and other accommodations within a few miles for a convenient home base.

White Sands Resort & Conference Centre is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data, and this 4-star resort offers 2 outdoor pools and a full-service spa. It’s located 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Mbudya Island. Other good choices within a few miles include Ramada Resort by Wyndham Dar es Salaam and Kunduchi Beach Hotel And Resort.

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