ZANZIBAR - Shooting Star Inn
The Shooting Star is a small family run hotel set in intimate
and tranquil surroundings and built in traditional Zanzibari style (with
washed walls, high beamed ceilings and large windows). It overlooks
the beautiful tropical east coast beach of Kiwengwa and is 40 kilometres
from Zanzibar town. There is a variety of accommodation to suit all
budgets to choose from. Sea view cottages are ensuite with quiet private
verandas overlooking the, beach and Indian Ocean Lodge rooms are simply
furnished with ensuite overlooking the tropical gardens close to the
main bar and sunbathing area. Each accommodation is spacious, cool
and comfortable. Other facilities include an open-air bar and restaurant
serving African and International cuisine and evening BBQ’s during
Full Moon where lobster and smoked fish are house specialities. Those
seeking activities may hire bikes, windsurfers, go snorkelling, fishing
or horseback riding, amongst various excursions including Jonzi Forest
(one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the red colobus monkey),
Prison Island (a unique combination of giant tortoises and Arab ruins)
and the famous Island Spice Tour.
Diving in resort can be accommodated at the nearby 5 star PADI Resort just along the beach from the resort. Dive packages start from £108.00 for 5 dives (weights, tank). With many popular sites experienced scuba divers can enjoy exciting wall dives, night dives and drift dives. In deeper waters, lush coral gardens often stretch as far as the eye can see, and large pelagic gamefish (barracuda, kingfish, tuna and wahoo) hunt together with large Napoleonic wrasse, graceful manta rays and sharks. Shallower waters are the play ground of tropical fish, including a huge variety of Indo-Pacific marine fauna. Some of Zanzibar’s best diving is to be found on the north coast. Explore the many popular dive sites including Nankivel, a large coral head, Leon’s wall – a superb wall dive with several caves and humpback whales in September and Kichwani, a nice shallow drop off with big fan coral and schools of dolphins, snappers, sweet lips and big-eyes. Diving in Zanzibar is ideal for novices and experts alike..
From £567 per person
for 7 nights in a standard double garden lodge room on a half board basis.
ZANZIBAR – Ras Nungwi Beach Resort
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Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel is located on an expanse of beach on the northern tip of Zanzibar. The hotel itself is built from hand-cut fossilised coral limestone and other natural materials, and literally blends into the landscape. The hotel coexists harmoniously so that guests can enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings without forsaking too many comforts. All 19 rooms and 35 chalets are positioned to maximise the panoramic sea views and cool island breezes.
Individually furnished with hand-crafted four-poster beds and carved doors, all rooms have en-suite with air conditioning and mosquito nets. Lodge rooms have a garden view and chalet rooms have a sea view. Guests can also enjoy the hotel's fresh-water swimming pool, with stunning vistas of the Indian ocean, and a wide range of water sports are also on offer. The proximity and variety of the surrounding reefs makes Ras Nungwi the perfect diving destination. The hotel has an on-site fully equipped dive centre, professionally run to international PADI standards. Dive adventures are available for all experience levels including beginners who can be trained to full PADI certification by resident instructors.
The variety of sea-life on the coral reefs is immense, with regular sightings of dolphins, manta rays, turtles and reef sharks and seasonal sightings of whale sharks during Aug - November. Typical dive sites include: The Big Wall, (an incredible wall dive off the Mnemba Atoll, descending to 35m). Leven Banks, (a massive reef structure 7 miles out to sea) and Kichafi, (an excellent coral reef and great for night dives close to the resort). Depths of most reefs range between 12m to 40m, & year round average water temperature is 27 degrees Celsius. Visibility is typically excellent. Diving is fantastic between June – November although it is considered generally good year round. Dive packages start from £159.00 for 6 dives (tanks and weights)
per person for 7 nights in a standard double garden lodge room on a half
For further information or to book please call 0208 744 0474