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Enjoy swimming and snorkelling; kayaking to the lagoon and mangrove forest, sunset dhow safari to the coral reef, or visit the historical town of Bagamoyo during your stay at this Tanzania hotel.
Flotillas of Ngalawa fishing boats tack around this magical island morning and evening, gliding past towards their fishing grounds, allowing the chegs to choose the ‘pick of the catch’ every day for ther fabulous seafood dishes and imaginitive menus. Further to sun worshipping; kayaking to explore the lagoon and mangrove forest; sunset dhow cruises to nearby sand islands and the coral reef; scuba diving and other watersports; a visit to the nearby historical town of Bagamoyo and Kaole Ruins is highly recommended.
Watch the local fishing fleet move slowly out to sea while waking up to another day of snorkelling over coral reefs, sailing on the Indian Ocean breezes, visiting historical sites, or just soaking up the sun. Wind down to the sight of the returning fleet bringing in the catch for dinner. – Just another blissful day at Lazy Lagoon.
At 5.30pm while the sun is starting to droop, we will take you by boat to a deserted sandy beach, where your host, will take you on a short evening stroll. On your return the chairs will be ready and the ‘bubbly’ on ice – sundowners surrounded by Indian Ocean.
The island has a Laser I and a Laser II sailing dinghy for use by resident guests, plus windsurfers. Alternatively you can book a half day trip around the Lagoon to experience sailing the traditional Swahili way in a locally made ‘Ngalawa’. There are also a couple of kayak canoes, which are great for a more leisurely paddle around the lagoon and to explore the outer reaches of the island.
The island is protected by coral reef, and so not only does it avoid long periods when the tide is out, but it also has snorkelling from the beach. Snorkelling equipment is available to borrow.
The island forms a small private nature reserve, and there are many resident small mammals; Bushbabies, Wildpigs, Genets, Baboons, Duiker and Suni antelope to be found amongst the indigenous forest and mangrove. Morning and evening walks are recommended to avoid the heat of the day. Bird life and flowers are abundant.
The 12 Century Kaole ruins remaining from the Arab Shirazi era with the oldest mosque on the mainland lies only 2kms across the ocean from Lazy Lagoon. The settlement went into decline two hundred years later following the disruption of Arab trading routes by the Portuguese.
Following the decline of the nearby Kaole settlement Bagamoyo grew out of the slave and ivory trade. Its was also referred to as the “gateway to the dark continent“ by explorers including Livingstone, Burton, Speke, Stanley, Grant and others who used Bagamoyo to launch their expeditions to find the source of the Nile. Livingstone’s sundried body was later carried by his two faithful servants 1600km back to Bagamoyo. Later Bagamoyo became the Capital of German East Africa.