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Things to do on Fanjove Island

Idyllic private Island — perfect for exploring and relaxing

Channel your inner Robinson Crusoe and explore the island on foot. Maps are on hand to guide you, or a local guide can accompany you, to offer insights into the island, its history and customs. Afterward return for a dip in the clear, azure waters, walk back through the powder white sand before unwinding in a hammock under the shade of a palm tree.

Exceptional diving & snorkelling

Staying at Fanjove offers exceptional diving and snorkelling opportunities in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Intact coral reef stretches for 11 kilometres about Fanjove, enabling views of stunning marine landscapes such as underwater pinnacles and gardens of cabbage coral. The reef is teeming with rich marine life, including sightings of grey and black-tip shark, whale and turtle as well as host of brightly coloured tropical fish. Snorkelling can be from the shore or by boat.

Turtle Hatching, Dolphin & Whale Watching Excursions
Different dolphin species frequent the waters around Fanjove. Spinner Dolphins and Bottlenose Dolphins are regularly spotted, and with luck you may have the opportunity to swim alongside them. Humpback whales migrate up and down the East African shoreline annually so guests maybe fortunate enough to see the exultant leaps through the waves as they pass the island. Green turtles return to the place of their birth to nest and watching the eggs crack open and seeing baby turtles making their first journey to the shore is a humbling experience that has happened for millennia.

Sandbar & sunset Dhow trips
At low tide we have access to a secluded sand bank from where you can snorkel, swim and watch for dolphin whilst an excellent lunch of grilled fish is prepared privately right in front of you. Enjoy the sunset and views of Fanjove from the traditional East Africa coast sailing vessel. The boat will set sail before sunset, skippered by locals from the village nearby and one of our waiters.

Fanjove Dhow Sailing Trip

Try your hand at catching a barracuda, jack, or even a kingfish. Fishing is catch-and-release, however certain species can be prepared for our guests' enjoyment, and we can have our kitchen prepare it in the local way using a charcoal grill.

Fanjove has four single kayaks which provide a memorable way for guests to explore the whole main island, the bird island and the cliff system from the water.

From November to March, the island is the destination for migratory birds. Armed with good pair of binoculars, and stationed in a discreet lookout spot, you can appreciate the rich diversity of our island neighbours.

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