BONGOYO ISLAND DAY TRIP

BONGOYO ISLAND is just a 30 minutes boat ride from Slipway,Dar es Salaam.

Boat Departs 09.30am & 11.30 am from Slipway.

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, is located right along the Indian Ocean. You can visit Kigamboni -across ferry beaches or go to nearby beautiful islands like Bongoyo Island, Budiya Isand for snorkeling,swimming and relaxing.

Bongoyo is one of the closest swimming beaches, which happens to be an island, is Visiting the small island in the marine reserve, is one of the top things to do in Dar Es Salaam.

Itinarary:

Around 08.30 am(after breakfast) pick up from your hotel and transfer to Slipway center to catch a boat. The boat departs by 09.30 am and takes 30 minutes to reach Bongoyo Island.

Bongoyo Island is part of the Dar Es Salaam marine conservation area.

It’s a leisure island, mostly used for relaxation as a swimming and snorkeling beach that’s close and easily accessible from Dar Es Salaam.

Once you arrive on Bongoyo Island a banda(hut) will be provided to you to relax. And order will be taken for your choice of lunch.( options of available seafood will be provided). 

You may take a  little walking around on and across the island. Or you may swim in the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean. You may enjoy sunbathing after swimming.

Around 12.30 pm lunch will be served .There are a number of seafood items normally available, 

Shade bandas (little huts) cost 5,000 TZS, and they are definitely worth it if you plan to stay at Bongoyo Island for a few hours.

CALAMARI AND CHIPS WAS GOOD

CRAB LOOKED GOOD… BUT IT WAS TERRIBLE

Lunch is served whenever the food is ready, normally around 12:30 or 1 pm.

Though they invite you back into the dining hut for lunch, you can also retrieve your food and bring it back to your banda so you can eat with a view of the ocean.

The calamari plate was pretty good, the squid was nice and tender and the fries were typical Tanzanian food style, not crunchy enough, and pretty oily, but still quite tasty. A pool of tomato sauce made things better!

The crab on the other hand was terrible, it was all dried out, and despite it looking pretty good from the outside, there was only a tiny bit of meat on the inside. I was disappointed with the crab.

Also, you can bring your own food and beverages so you don’t have to purchase anything once you’re on Bongoyo Island.

ABOUT TO TAKE A SWIM AT BONGOYO ISLAND, DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

The beach at Bongoyo island is not quite Zanzibar, but it’s a good little escape from the city of Dar Es Salaam, and it’s easy to get there.

Weekends can be busy, but if you go on a weekday, the island should be nice and quiet.

ABOUT TO GET BACK ON THE BOAT TO SLIPWAY

Relax under a shaded banda, take a dip in the sea, and when you’re ready, jump back on the boat and head back to Dar Es Salaam.