Diving and Snorkelling
We have a PADI qualified dive instructor on site, together with a dive master. Our dive sights are close to the lodge or out on the outer reef (10km offshore). We still have many potential sights we need to explore and hopefully add to our current spots.
You can snorkel from the shore or head out on one of our boat or a dhow to one of several offshore reefs/sand islands. This area is pristine and undiscovered, where swimming is possible year round.
Kayaking around the coastline with interesting mangrove forest inlets and amazing coral rock formations is definitely worth the effort. Stronger kayakers can also go around the large bays. Kayak trips can be organised into Manza and Moa bays, including down the long estuaries into Manza bay.
There are abundant species in the mangroves and surrounding coastal forest, not to mention the shore and offshore birds. Commonly seen species includ, Fish eagles, storks, several wading birds and terns, herons, crab plovers and others, kingfishers and so many more… while some rarer species such as Eastern green tinkerbird, Mombassa woodpecker, Ethiopian swallow, Bearded scrub robin, Mangrove kingfisher to name very few can also be spotted!
The famed Eastern Usumbaras (including Amani nature reserve) and southern Mkomazi National Park are excellent bird watching spots and are within a short drive.
The Africa Naturalists Foundation has written a stellar article on the bird watchers delights to be found at Fish Eagle Point. Find the article!
GREAT NEWS! We at Fish Eagle Point, along with friends for Kigombe (S&G Quick), have succesfully recorded and photographed a new species for Tanzania off our beach, the SOOTY SHEARWATER. The sighting was forwarded to the East African Rarities committee who have formally accepted and tabled this as the first record for Tanzanian waters!
A second bird sighting, the WILSONS STORM PETREL, has recently been forwarded to the committee for another first record for Tanzania. We await acceptance of this new sighting, and are quietly confidant…
The outer reef/sand island is 10km offshore, on the edge of the Pemba channel – an approximate 30 – 60 minutes in a boat or local dhow. You can see oceanic birds, flying fish, dolphins and tuna from the boat. Snorkelling around these reefs is special. Sightings of humpback whales are numerous from late July to October as they migrate north from the southern oceans to calve.
We have a freshwater swimming pool close to the main living area.
German and British Fort
There is an unlisted military fort on the southern end of the peninsula, firstly built by the Germans (WWI) and later the site reused by the British (WWII) when a submarine detecting loop was set up, to protect Manza bay from the supposed Japanese offensive (which never happened), these submarines supposedly carried disposable scout planes. Read the history about the fort here
The Amboni caves (limestone system created during the Jurassic period) are situated between Tanga and Fish Eagle Point and can boast being the most extensive limestone caves in East Africa and one of Tanzania’s natural marvels. These caves, after having better management recently, are far more ‘visitor friendly’ and a great idea to visit when in the area. Read more about them here.
Fishing is part of the way of life on the Swahili coast, we promote sustainable and responsible fishing. Besides the fish which we use for food, we practise catch and release fishing, specialising in jigging, popping and drift fishing. Basic equipment is provided, serious fishermen should bring their own specialised gear.