Bongoyo Island is a small, uninhabited island off the coast of Dar. It has a beautiful beach and a forest you can hike through. If you have your own boat you can get there in about 10 minutes. If not, you can pay 15,000 shillings (about $10) to ride a ferry over there that takes forever. I’ve only done it once- a few weeks ago when Marisa was visiting. I guess it’s worth the wait. There is a nice place to snorkel and a little beach bar that will cook you some amazing fish and chips. It’s also nice to simply feel like you’re getting away from the city.
After you eat your fish bones will be tossed to this giant lizard waiting nearby:
You can find beautiful shells around the island:
And after putting that first part of this post together, something magical happened. The boat that we’ve been hoping for for almost a year now (since the last boat we had broke down in the middle of the ocean) FINALLY came in. So we’ll be able to cruise to Bongoyo whenever we’d like, now. I’m so thankful for this. It will definitely soothe my itchy feet during the last few months I’m in Dar. On Sunday we went on our first family outing on the new boat. We cruised around Bongoyo and anchored off the far end of the island. The water was so clear and the reef was thriving (unlike what you will find directly off the shores of Dar).