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Bongoyo Island Day Trip

Bongoyo Island is just a 30 minute boat ride from Dar Es Salaam
BONGOYO ISLAND IS JUST A 30 MINUTE BOAT RIDE FROM DAR ES SALAAM

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, is located right along the Indian Ocean, and while you can go to beaches at places in town like Coco Beach, it’s not really recommended to swim there (and not always the safest).

So one of the closest swimming beaches, which happens to be an island, is Bongoyo Island. Visiting the small island in the marine reserve, is one of the top things to do in Dar Es Salaam.

Boat to Bongoyo Island
BOAT TO BONGOYO ISLAND

To get there you have to take a boat from the Slipway Center where you pay a fee for the day, board a boat, and they’ll deliver you to Bongoyo and bring you back at a later time.

The boat ride costs $20 per person (or the equivalent in Tanzanian Shillings), and the ride takes about 30 minutes.

The problem is that, they won’t depart unless there are 4 people or more. So if there’s not enough people for the 9:30 am departure, they won’t leave until 11:30 am (unless you pay more to accommodate 4 people) – can be a pain.

On the boat
ON THE BOAT

The ride to Bongoyo Island departs from the Slipway shopping center on the peninsula, and especially the afternoon journey can be a bit choppy.

If you get sea sick easily it might not be the best idea for you to visit (of course, this all depends on conditions and time of year).

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