Fish Eagle Point is located in the Tanga area of the Tanzania Coast.
Tanga is a major port on the north coast of Tanzania, but remains a relatively sleepy and authentic place, with very few international visitors.
The coastline north of Tanga is way off the beaten track, with endless palm-fringed beaches with barely any development, interspersed with mysterious mangrove forests and river deltas, whilst offshore there are fabulous sandbanks and coral reefs.
The whole place has the kind of relaxed local atmosphere that one only finds in places which are still far from being saturated with tourists.
The property is usually accessed by scheduled flight into Tanga, from where it is a road transfer of an hour, the last part of which is along dirt tracks.
It may be possible to do this section by boat, which takes a little longer, but which is aesthetically more pleasant, but that will depend on your time of arrival into Tanga and the weather conditions on the day.
We usually include all the connecting transport for your trip unless you specifically ask us not to.
Tanga Airport is located in Tanzania and is one of the most important airports in the country. Through us you can book your private transfer to any destination in Tanzania or to destinations in neighbouring countries, Kenya – Mombasa through Horohoro Border.
Our driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals terminal with a welcome sign with your name and will take you in the selected car directly to your destination, the car will be available only for you, your family or your group, without having to share it with other people.
Similarly, we can take you in a transfer back to Tanga Airport at the end of your stay, remember to select the date and time of your return journey when you make your booking. Always select the departure time of your flight, our system will automatically calculate the travel time from your destination to Tanga Airport and will suggest the optimal pick-up time.
What to do at Fish Eagle Point?
Fish Eagle Point provides access to a wide range of guided activities.
Some of these are not usually included in the room rate. Please refer to your detailed itinerary for actual inclusions and exclusions.
This usually involves heading out onto the ocean either by motorboat or sailing dhow in search of dolphins and other sea creatures.
In most cases the ultimate destination is a sand-bank, exposed at low tide, where guests can enjoy a picnic lunch, swimming, snorkelling and, in some cases, diving and fishing.
This activity is particularly sensitive to weather conditions as a picnic on a sandbank is no fun when the wind gets up.
The lodge only started up a dive operation in 2017 and there is a good chance you can still be the one of first people to dive some of the sites.
There is some excellent snorkelling in the area, generally reached with the dive boat.
The lodge has access to a number of traditional dhows and ngalawa outrigger canoes for sailing expeditions.
Exploring the mangrove forests by kayak is a real highlight of this lodge, not to be missed.
Deep sea fishing is offered.
However, as a company whose primary interest in conservation, we do not feel that we should directly support or recommend hunting in any form.
The fact that it is largely catch-and-release only makes it worse.
There are some lovely walking options in this area, especially those exploring the indigenous forest, which contains some interesting species including monkeys, bats and many bird species.
It is also possible to walk amongst the mangroves and to visit some of the very rural villages on the peninsular.
The significant Amboni Caves are located around 10km north of Tanga. The most extensive cave network in East Africa, this really is one of the highlights of the area.
That said, visitor facilities are not up to much and there is no lighting inside the caves other than the torches which your guide carries and you bring along yourselves.
The ten or so networks of caverns cover around 15 square kilometres, two of which can be visited. The first thing that you will notice on entering is the soft ground underfoot and the strong smell of bat guano. Tens of thousands of bats spend the day hanging upside down from the cavern roofs and if you wait around until last light you may witness the awesome sight of them all emerging to hunt.
The chambers themselves are reasonably impressive, with a selection of stalactites, stalagmites and various other formations with nicknames such as Mini Kilimanjaro, Virgin Mary and the Statue of Liberty. The caverns also have nicknames, some of which are evocative of various local legends. One cavern know as Mombasa Road was reputed to lead all the way to that distant city, whilst another was said to emerge near Mount Kilimanjaro. These myths were scotched by a proper geological survey in 1994 which revealed that the maximum distance from the entrance is around 900 metres.
One cavern known as Mzimuni, or the Chamber of the Spirits, is believed by locals to be inhabited by a snake-like force which has the power to make barren women pregnant and is often used as a place of pilgrimage, illustrated by the remains of various offerings strewn across the floor.
Another cavern contains the Lake of No Return, which is said to be where the Digo tribe used to throw albino babies for fear that they were bad omens.
The forests above the caves are rich in birds and butterflies. If you linger you may spot some black and white colobus monkeys.
Around 3km east of the caves are the Galanos Sulphur Springs where it is possible to bathe in the mud, although we are not sure how advisable or advantageous this is for your health.