Private Island Time

When you find yourself on a luxurious private island surrounded by white sand beaches and turquoise water, ample time should be spent lazing with your feet in the sand and your head in a good book. Though when we felt motivated between sun-worshiping sessions, Medjumbe had plenty to keep our heart racing. From kayak excursions to tide-pooling to sailing trips to deserted isles to scuba-diving, we could do as much or as little as we desired.

To get a feel for the half-square kilometer that comprises the island, we started our visit off with a leisurely stroll to the western tip, where waves crash from both directions and the sand slips back to the sea. Along the walk our encounters with feisty one-armed crabs, graphic seashells and bright red chunks of coral along the beach got us excited for the scuba in our future.

To following day we wanted to take our exploration of the crystal clear waters a bit further, so we took the sea-kayaks out for a spin. Snorkel gear at the ready, we charted a course to a nearby shallow reef and enjoyed the company of some playful Puffers and Angelfish.

The island is home to many bird species, some of them just passing through, while others like this heron live the island life all year long (yes, we are jealous).

Whether the pool or the ocean, the water was constantly calling our name.  We would usually start our days splashing around in the ocean and spend evenings by the pool, with the barmen in earshot.

One of the most important skills they teach you at Safari Etiquette School is how to properly enjoy a sunset. I hope we did Sabi Sabi proud with our Savanna Dry sun-downers on our private slice of heaven.

From shallow water dives packed with colorful Sweetlips, Triggerfish, Anenomes and a plethora of other sea critters to the 40-meter deep wall reef dives like “Edge of Reason” and “Cliffs of Insanity,” the Medjumbe has something for every diver.

On our hour dive we wove in and out of coral reef spotting cuties like this royal angelfish while listening to the sounds of the humpback whales in the distance. Nothing could have been more serene.

If you are dreaming of private isle for your honeymoon, it doesn't get better than this. Not only is the island exquisite, Medjumbe knows how to take care of their honeymooners. Giving them plenty of pampering, romantic environs and  privacy, Medjumbe does an amazing job to create an environment for young couples to have fun. Each night's cocktail hour, spearheaded by their all-star bartender, made for a lively scene for all our fellow newlyweds to share stories about their wedding and have a laugh together. Whether time as a couple or with a couple of new friends, Medjumbe Private Island is just the place to unwind.

Much love from Medjumbe Island,
Anne & Mike

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