1. Bongoyo Island

Bongoyo Island is located at a 30-minute boat ride away from the harbor near the Slipway center. However, you need at least 4 passengers on the boat or it won’t leave. A boat ride from the Slipway Center costs you around $20 per person, both ways. Bongoyo Island is a beautiful pristine island lined by white sand and palm trees. There are many bandas (huts) on the island that you should rent if you plan on staying for a few hours.

You can swim and snorkel at Bongoyo Island! It’s a great place to get away from the main city and relax. Moreover, you can also get fresh seafood on the island or you can bring your own food and have a picnic there too! Their fish and chips taste great so don’t forget to try it out!

  1. Mbudya Island

Mbudya Island has crystal clear water, white sand and fresh seafood! It’s a great place to go for a day out, away from the city noise. The best way to reach the island is to get a boat from White Sands. You can also get a boat from Slipway Center but then you’ll have to cover a longer distance in the boat and it may be a bit more expensive for you. Mbudya Island also has a lot of bandas (huts) that you can rent if you plan on staying for a few hours. The huts provide shade. You can also walk along the forest trail on the island to reach the other side of the island! Restaurant and bathroom facilities are available on the island. You can order the fresh catch of the day! 

If the tide is low, you can also snorkel here. 

  1. Sinda Island

Take a dhow ride from the Kipepeo Beach and head over to Sinda Island! It’s a pristine island that’s never crowded. It’s a great place to go on a snorkeling trip and then have lunch. The marine life around the island is pretty impressive and diverse. The beach is beautiful and you can take a stroll along the shore. The island also has a house with a grass roof! It gives very traditional African vibes and is a great place to unwind after a stressful week! 

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to these beautiful islands near Dar es Salaam and get rid of all your built-up stress. Don’t forget to put on sunscreen, though!