Written by ‘Aussie’ Jack Godwin for the Fish Eagle Point team:
20 odd years ago, former bush ranger Steve Attwell became intent on finding the most pristine point on the far northern Tanzanian coastline. Not being a man of half measures, Steve scoured 200 km of some of the wildest beaches in the entire world in pursuit of paradise. The result of his efforts is Fish Eagle Point.
Concealed within the thick mangrove forest of the Boma peninsula and hidden within the arcing wings of two embracing headlands, Fish Eagle Point is an easily overlooked buried treasure. Blink and you’ll miss it; the bay simply ceases to exist at some times, a tidal range of roughly 2 metres filling the bay with clear water only at high tide and exposing its colourful coral floor at low tide.
Relentless millennia of these innumerable tidal shifts and eroding, crashing waves have carved its sandy shores from pocked coral rock, exposing its age in geological epochs of ancient fossils. Within its coastal caves and blowholes can be found petrified giant clams, ammonites and trilobites immortalised in stone.
From its coast extends the immense expanse of the living, teeming coral reefs of the Pemba channel. These reefs run not only parallel with, but into the coastal wetland ecosystem, forming an almost unique ecological overlap. It is within this pristine and extraordinary junction of ecosystems that extraordinary and endangered species can thrive.
Endemic to its clear, tropical waters are Marlin, Sailfish, Giant Trevally, Dog Tooth Tuna, Tropical Amberjack, Kingfish, Harlequin shrimp and many more. Endemic to its verdant trees and fertile earth are Black and White Colobus Monkeys, critically endangered whip scorpions, Bush Buck, Bush Babies and squirrels. Endemic to its skies are woolly necked stork, Herons, Palm Nut Vultures, Kingfisher and the noble Fish Eagles that form the namesake of this incredible place.
It is from and upon this foundation of incredible natural beauty and diversity that Fish Eagle Point has been built. Due to its remote location, imported building materials and methods were not viable options in the construction of Fish Eagle Point. Hence, the vast majority of Fish Eagle Point was built using local methods and local materials only. The attractive result of this inconvenience is a beautiful resort that blends harmoniously with its beautiful surrounds.
As opposed to the environment being shaped to Fish Eagle Point, through elegant design, Fish Eagle Point has been shaped to its environment. One can expect to find gnarled logs of bleached driftwood minimally re-appropriated into shower systems and benches, arching foliage forming sheltered natural walkways, stacked coral rock feature walls and large, open plan huts, the skeletons of which are formed by long wooden gum tree trunks. As a result of this ecologically sustainable and non invasive approach to architecture, the detrimental environmental impact of fish eagle point is negligible.
Despite having all the primal exoticism of its remote, off the grid, location, guests of Fish Eagle will not have to forego the creature comforts of civilisation. An innovatively designed gravity powered tank and plumbing system provides hot and running water to all huts whilst an improvised generator and circuit system provides electricity resort wide. Even a satellite internet connection makes disconnection from the outside world completely optional, despite geographical isolation. Fish Eagle Point combines all the comforts of modern civilization with the simple pleasures of remote tropical solitude.
Fish Eagle Point strikes the perfect balance between environment and settlement, remote isolation and creature comforts and human living and environmental thriving. However, words fail to capture this amazing testament of symbiotic, harmonious human cohabitation with nature. We welcome you to experience this exclusive hidden treasure for yourself. We welcome you to the most beautiful point on the northern Tanzanian coast. We welcome you to Fish Eagle Point. Karibu Sana!