Bongoyo Island – Dar es Salaam – A Day Trip you should make…

Bongoyo Island is an uninhabited island in Tanzania, situated 2.5km north of the country’s largest city, Dar es Salaam. It is the most frequently visited of the four islands of the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve and a popular day trip for both tourists and Tanzanian residents alike for snorkelling and sunbathing.

The island lies close to the Msasani Peninsula (in the Kinondoni district of the city) and is reachable by means of a 30 minute boat ride from the mainland. The point of departure for most visitors to the island is ‘The Slipways’ hotel complex on the western side of the Msasani Peninsula.

Visit the magical beaches of Bongoyo Marine Reserve to snorkel and explore the diverse marine life amid the coral. Take a trek across the island to the east beach or Shark’s Lagoon.

The Slipway ferry is the best way to reach the island and it sails at regular intervals.

Departure 9:30 11:30 13:30 15:30
Return 10:30 12:30 14:30 17:00

We can also arrange fishing trips, short cruises and sea crossings to Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia. For further information and booking, please contact:

The Slipway
Tel/Fax + 255 22 2600893
Mobile + 255-713 328 126

A Roundtrip Ticket costs around 30,000 TZS

Some comments from previous visitors to the island:

Food in the island is pretty basic, so if you going with kids is recommended taking something with you.

Is recommended to go with trainers and not sandals are the stones are quite hard.

If you are looking forward to see the sharks, is best to go on the earliest trip.