Bongoyo Island lies close to Msasani Peninsula in dare s Salaam city, about 30 minute by boat ride from the city mainland. The place of departure for most visitors who wants to visit the Bongoyo Island is the ‘Slipway’mall complex on the western side of the Msasani Peninsula in Dar es Salaam.
Bongoyo Island is located about 2.5km north of the Dar es Salaam city. This island is the most frequently visited islands in the city.
- It is about 30 minutes ride by motorized dhow from Msasani slipway to Bongoyo Island.
- The Msasani slipway has boats, which makes go and return visits to the island 4 times a day. There are a number of visitors who arrives on the island by means of their private own boats or hired boats from beach hotels.
- 10 min by speedboat from Msasani bay.
- Annual rainfall
It is approximately 1,100 mm (43 in) and in a normal year there are two distinct rainy seasons: “the long rains”, which fall during March – May, and “the short rains”, which fall during October and November.
- Temperature ranges Monthly high temperatures ranging from 29 to 32 C
The main coastal habitats around Bongoyo Island include sand beaches (beach I and II), coral reefs, sea grass beds, rocky shores, lagoons (shark lagoon) and algal beds.
Plants and animals
Two species of hawksbill (eretmochely imbricata) and green turtles chilonea are reported to occur around Bongoyo and Mbudya islands
- Lagoon cave & sharks
Bongoyo Island is a popular destination for those looking to get away from civilization for a while. There are plenty of snorkeling opportunities in places like Shark’s Lagoon Cave that was named after young sharks that swim along the shores hunting for octopies.
Hiking around Bongoyo Island is also popular although many visitors like to simply sit on the beach with a good book or relax with a picnic.
Best Time To Visit
All the year round it is suitable to visit.
There are number of hut houses on the sand beach for resting (roof only).
Msasani slipway has a mobile bar.