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Lazy Lagoon Island

A really great option for people who want to stay for a long period on the mainland coast for a good price. Good standards of service and 'imaginative' menus mean that a stay here is always worthwhile. However, Lazy Lagoon certainly is real Africa and quite a few creature comforts are omitted! But if you are the rustic type, then definitely give it a go.

Lazy Lagoon - The Details


Accommodation is in 12 large airy natural makuti beach bandas only yards from the Indian Ocean. From the sundowner lounge above the bar, visitors can watch the sunrise over Zanzibar and set over the palm trees of Bagamoyo and feel the Swahili atmosphere as they follow the flotilla of hundreds of local fishing boats tack around the island to get from their villages on the mainland to their fishing grounds.

Individual beach cottages with en suite bathroom – shower, basin, toilet. Towels and beach towels provided. All rooms have full beach frontage, with verandah, hammock and deck chairs. The Lounge, bar, dining area is at tip of the island with views east and west. Swimming pool 240V electricity is provided by generator for lighting and recharging of batteries. There is mobile phone reception on the island for some networks. The rooms are shady and well ventilated, but there is no air conditioning. Accommodation rates are full board including 3 meals, tea, coffee and laundry. Not included are bar drinks.

The island has an interesting ecosystem, with many small mammals such as bush babies, (Galagoes) suni antelope and bush pig, plus birds and butterflies. Low tide washes up a plethora of exotically coloured star fish, sea urchins and crabs. All of these share their habitats with natural mangrove forest. Guests are free to wander along the 9km island – although no one has yet reached the end!

Activities: sailing, (laser II dinghies), kayaking, snorkelling, fishing and guided excursions to Bagamoyo town and Kaole ruins. Diving can be arranged with the nearby diving centre – rates on request.

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Guide Price: $175 per person
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Lazy Lagoon was perfect for us; as I think we discussed, the laidback "bush chic" style might not suit the spa brigade, but we loved it.  The journey out is of course a bit of an experience.
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