Ras Nungwi Beach Resort is set beside an unspoiled beach, protected by a coral reef, on a stunning stretch of coastline at the northeastern tip of Zanzibar. Ras Nungwi has been built from local materials, to blend into the landscape. There are 32 en suite rooms, simply furnished in Zanzibari style, with hand-crafted four-poster beds, mini bars, air-conditioning and their own balconies. All the standard and superior chalet rooms have a sea view. Four superior deluxe chalet rooms are closer to the ocean and have a CD-player and other special amenities. At the rear of the property, there is a small terrace of lodge rooms with a garden view. The ocean suite is extremely spacious - over 140 m2 - with a lounge, bar, large sun-deck, private plunge pool and a view directly down to the beach - perfect for a couple seeking total privacy.
Underneath the palm-leaf roofing, the open-air restaurant and lounges are decorated with local fabrics. There is a choice of lounging areas, which ensures you can always find peace and quiet here. Pool, table tennis, darts, games, flood-lit tennis court, TV room, spa and complimentary wi-fi in the main area are available. Some of the staff will teach you how to play Bao, if the bar is not too busy.
The fresh water swimming pool and sun deck have wonderful views of the Indian Ocean and you can enjoy the temperate waters of the Indian Ocean while snorkelling, wind-surfing, kayaking or on a dhow cruise.
Diving and fishing
Ras Nungwi has some of the best diving on the island: there are wall dives, drift dives, night dives and deep dives. Dolphins, manta rays, turtles and reef sharks are regularly sighted. The dive centre has Gold Palm 5 Star PADI Instructor Development Centre status. It offers outstanding dive leadership, remarkable personal attention and can provide a range of PADI courses.
The waters around Ras Nungwi are close to some of Africa's best deep-sea fishing grounds and the fishing operation is probably the most professional in Zanzibar. Yellow fin tuna, Sailfish, Blue marlin and Striped and Black marlin are sport from August through November. The billfish season is from November to March.
You can hire a mountain bikes to explore the environs, or have a massage. You can walk along the beach to the lighthouse and Nungwi village, take a look at local village life and explore the dhow-building yards – this is the dhow building centre for Zanzibar.
This is a pleasant resort with a relaxed atmosphere and plenty to do. It is highly recommended for people who want to dive or fish on their holiday.