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Find yourself surrounded by pristine white-sand beaches and shimmering turquoise waters on an idyllic island paradise. Just a 15-minute boat ride from the busy cityscape of Dar es Salaam will take you to Mbudya Island in Dar-es-slaan where you can unwind in thatched huts and treat yourself to fresh seafood and refreshing beverages, accompanied by the soothing sounds of the ocean. Lounge on the beach and soak up the sun, go for a swim, or enjoy a snorkeling adventure – there are many ways to have a great time at this popular day-trip destination.
More details about Mbudya Island
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.
You can rent snorkeling equipment on Mbudya Island for around $15. The gear includes snorkels and fins. With clear waters that harbor numerous species of marine life, the island is a prime destination for some underwater exploration.
Mwenge - Starting Point to Mbudya Island
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).
Yes, Tanzania is a reasonably safe country. In fact, it’s regarded as one of the safest African countries , both for locals and tourists. According to the 2019 Global Peace Index, Tanzania is the seventh safest country in Africa.
Tanzania has two official languages, Swahili (kiSwahili) and English. Swahili, the national language, is a composite of several Bantu dialects and Arabic that originated along the East African coast and on the island of Zanzibar. Swahili is the lingua franca of the country, and virtually all Tanzanians speak it.
YES! The mainland and islands along the coastline have some of the most stunning beaches in the world, with powder white sands and turquoise blue seas. The balmy temperatures are around 30 degrees centigrade throughout the year, making Tanzania and its islands the perfect beach getaway, whatever time of year you want to go.
There are two rainy seasons—the heaviest rains (called masika) usually fall from mid-March to May, and a shorter period of rain (called vuli) occurs from November to mid-January. The dry season, with cooler temperatures, lasts from May to October.
How to get to Mbudya Island
In order to get here, take the daladala to Kunduchi or Bagamoyo and get off at the Africana stop. Then you can catch a taxi or bajaji (African tuk tuk) to White Sands Beach Resort. If you have a car, it’s a simple 40 minute drive to the resort from Dar es Salaam. Once you reach the gate, tell the gatekeeper you are going to Mbudya and he will give you a boat ticket plus a day pass for the island ($16). Then you walk through the resort to the beach where boats will be waiting to take a group across the Indian Ocean. The boats are small and wooden, and the ride takes about 25 minutes. Sometimes the tide is out, meaning you have to wade through shallow water to reach the boat, but that’s all part of the adventure.