February 1, 2004
Ras Nungwi Resort is on the east coast, which means that at low tide, the ocean is way out and high tide means no beach at all. In its grounds, ras Nungwi has created some places for sunbathing. It also boasts the only swimming pool in Nungwi, which is used for diving lessons. The dive instructors are from Australia and are reputed to be more experienced than some other dive centres. Anyway, their boats are better; they have two engines and are not overcrowded when they sail out. Neither do they forget to bring back some of the divers. When there are 20 persons on a boat, it is easy to overlook some.
We had a very tasty lunch: fish fillet in coconut sauce, curried vegetables, mixed salad with fresh buns, but the soggy fries were rather disappointing. We finished the meal with a strong cup of coffee, freshly brewed, which was a nice surprise as all other places in Zanzibar had served instant coffee.
Ras Nungwi is an upmarket hotel. The price of the meal was higher than in other restaurants in Nungwi. The quality was not better, but we had to pay for the nice surroundings, the linen napkins, and the well-kept garden. I would not consider staying here, comfortable that it may be, because the village is 30 minutes on foot and there is no transport.
From journal Nungwi, North Zanzibar