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Nungwi Mnarani Aquarium and Marine Turtle Conservation Lagoon Tours

Nungwi Mnarani Aquarium and Marine Turtle Conservation Lagoon
Located on Zanzibar’s northernmost beach, Nungwi Mnarani Aquarium is home to the Marine Turtle Conservation Lagoon, a community-led project aimed at safeguarding sea turtles. Visit to see hawksbill and green turtles in a tidal pool, learn about marine life in the Indian Ocean, and even take part in the center’s ongoing release program.

The Basics
This aquarium was built to help turtles caught in fishing nets and now also protects baby turtles. Visitors can see the turtles and lagoon or book a longer-term stay and volunteer to help with their care. The organization also runs a variety of tours to spice plantations, snorkeling spots, and villages to raise money for their conservation efforts. You can also visit the aquarium on a release day, when the team of staff, locals, and volunteers return healthy turtles to the ocean. 

The aquarium’s beachside location makes it a great place to wind down after a morning of at Nungwi Beach. Book in advance to secure your admission to both sites, or arrange a guided tour of the area to learn about Zanzibar’s history. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Touching the turtles is forbidden (unless supervised by a member of staff during specific types of visits).
  • There are other aquariums in the area that go by a similar name; if in doubt, check with your tour supplier.
  • It’s a good idea to bring cash when visiting Nungwi as there is currently no ATM in the village. 

How to Get There
Nungwi is just over an hour’s drive from Zanzibar City; public buses to the town depart regularly from the city center. The last section of road leading to the aquarium and beach is not currently paved, but the area can be reached by bike or car or by walking.

When to Get There
Every February, the conservation team arranges a release day, and the community comes together to return the rescued turtles to their home. Visitors can take part in beach and boat releases or enjoy the festivities on the beach, which include dance shows, musical performances, and more. 

Nungwi Village
Nungwi is Zanzibar’s second-most populous residential area and boasts a fascinating history as a fishing village and dhow-building center. If you have time, take a village tour after visiting the aquarium. You can learn about Nungwi’s rich cultural heritage and better understand the context and importance of the aquarium’s conservation work.
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6 Tours and Activities to Experience Nungwi Mnarani Aquarium and Marine Turtle Conservation Lagoon

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Nungwi Village Tour

Nungwi Village Tour

The village experience -tour is always done with local guides from the village, and all the activities are planned to benefit the village and nature conservation. Discover how locals live their everyday lives and how they make their livelihoods. Mnarani Aquarium is a small tidal lake surrounded by the porous coral rag stone that is home to dozens of endangered hawksbill and green turtles. You will get to feed the turtles with seaweed and to take photographs. You will also have a chance to visit dhow (local boat) makers by the beach and see how a boat will be prepared or made from the scratch. The tour finishes with a great Swahili local style lunch! If you are not staying in Nungwi, we are happy to arrange a reasonably priced transfer.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.83
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$32.83
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Nungwi Turtles and Cruise Excursion - Zanzibar

Nungwi Turtles and Cruise Excursion - Zanzibar

The Nungwi region consists of three unique areas: the village itself, two main sections of the beach and bars and restaurants are located. The eastern coastal zone is quite calm,
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$168.21
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$168.21
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Nungwi Natural Aquarium/Dhow Boat, Fish Market

Nungwi Natural Aquarium/Dhow Boat, Fish Market

We visit the Natural Aquarium, a rehabilitation home for endangered sea turtles. Then onto to the Darajani Fish market for the variety of local food and local trading. Next the Nungwi Boat Yard, where you’ll learn how the dhows are built; from the sourcing of the wood to the joints used and how they are launched
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$320.00
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$320.00
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Kendwa Beach and Nungwi Half-Day Trip from Zanzibar

Kendwa Beach and Nungwi Half-Day Trip from Zanzibar

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Visit the beaches and villages on the northern edge of Zanzibar on a half-day tour to Kendwa Beach and Nungwi, where you’ll have free time to explore and play. Book an adventure sport such as parasailing, flyboarding, water skiing, and wakeboarding, or opt for a kid-friendly outing on a ringo or banana boat. With both morning and afternoon departures available, this tour includes pickup and drop-off at Zanzibar hotels.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.18
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$42.18
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Cultural Village Tour

Cultural Village Tour

Depending on the tide it is possible to see how the women harvest their seaweed. Our guests will visit the processing center and factory located in the village. Here they’ll get the rare opportunity to see how the seaweed gets transformed into desirable beauty products like organic soaps and essential oils.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
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$80.00
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7-days all of Zanzibar: Stone Town, Mnemba, Jozani, East Coast, Nungwi and more

7-days all of Zanzibar: Stone Town, Mnemba, Jozani, East Coast, Nungwi and more

Its a 7-day tour package that will let you explore all of Zanzibar, all coasts (West, North, East, and South). This tour package includes all tours, transfers, accommodation, meals, etc. We included all must-visit and must-do activities and places in Zanzibar; Snorkeling at Mnemba Island, Dolphins, Sandbank, Spice Farm Tour, Prison Island, Stone Town Tour, Jozani Forest - National Park, Blue lagoon, The Rock restaurant, Jambiani, Nungwi, Mnarani Aquarium, Sunset in Nungwi, etc. This is a lifetime adventure that you will not want to miss.
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  • 7 days
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$2,115.00
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$2,115.00
Price varies by group size
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