Swahili Divers & Gecko Nature Lodge, Micheweni
Swahili Divers & Gecko Nature Lodge, Micheweni
Swahili Divers & Gecko Nature Lodge, Micheweni
Swahili Divers & Gecko Nature Lodge, Micheweni
Swahili Divers & Gecko Nature Lodge, Micheweni
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Swahili Divers & Gecko Nature Lodge

Makangale, Micheweni

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Dari 230 review
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ianwK6584QI
24 Mar 2020 - Pasangan
Spacious accommodation, some great food eg red snapper, and the dive wall top class. Glenn and Ala were extraordinarily helpful at the end of our visit by getting our air tickets changed, enabling us to get home. Professionals in every way!
Giorgio2009
13 Mar 2020
I stayed at the nearby Pemba Paradise lodge and made six dives with Swahili Divers, with a boat ensuring our shuttle (two divers) between the lodge and the diving centre. Glenn and Alia (hope the spelling is correct) are very experienced tech instructors/guides, having been in Pemba for a couple of years and in many other places before, from the Gulf to Thailand and beyond. So we felt constantly in very capable and safe hands. Mike, the owner, is a passionate diver (dive master I reckon) and underwater photographer, who accompanied us along Alia, Glenn or both on most dives. I am grateful for the pictures he kindly sent me (I was unable to use my own new underwater housing for my camera : always best to try at home new material!). We were a bit unlucky with the weather, with wind and therefore currents and visibility changing on the night we arrived. By the way, the driver that picked us up at the airport had never been to Swahili divers, so it took some time before he finally located the place, which is not very far from Pemba Paradise hotel, although not at comfortable walking distance if you carry diving equipment. On the first dive the visibility was rather poor (5 to maybe 10 meters I would say) due to sediments, but things definitely improved afterwards (20+ meters), although not cristal clear as I normally had in the majority of my dives in Souther Egypt. Very reach, pristine corals and many easy to spot nudibranches, beside the usual tropical fishes. Bring a macro lens, but do not blame me if then you meet a whale shark (in season). Dives are not the cheapest, but the place is really isolated and this is the only place offering nitrox in Pemba, probably one of the very few in the Zanzibar archipelago. Six dives cost 450 $, adding boat shuttle (about 20' each way), nitrox, marine park fee, credit card charge I totalled around 600$. I would really like to give it a second chance with better visibility conditions.
Principia4321
24 Feb 2020 - Keluarga
Me, my two sons and a friend off mine, who went to Swahili Divers for diving. We had 5 days of great diving with the most fantastic instructors. They have a really great setup, many spectacular and quite different dive sites and a very big hospitality. The diving instructors (Alla and Glenn) are very experinced, kind, educated and funny. You are in absolut safe hands in their company. They make absolutely the best lobsters. My warmest recommendations for this world class diving center..
57frederikl
24 Feb 2020 - Berlibur dengan teman
We were four friends, who went to Swahili Divers for diving. We had 5 days of great diving with the most fantastic instructors. They have a really great setup, many spectacular and quite different dive sites and a very big hospitality. The diving instructors (Alla and Glenn) are very experinced, kind, educated and funny. You are in absolut safe hands in their company. My warmest recommendations for this world class diving center..
E1813FMerikh
13 Jan 2020 - Pasangan
We planned to go to the Gecko Nature Lodge to dive with the Swahili divers. We had booked a stay for four nights with this hotel but ended up staying zero nights. Here is why: Upon arrival we went to discuss the diving with the staff in the dive shop (Glenn) (the dive shop and lodge are on the same premises) and were straight away given a lecture as to how Padi divers were basically incapable of diving due to the poor education. We thought this was strange but wanted to dive in Pemba so we scheduled diving for the morning after anyway. I am a rather tall guy (above 6 ft./ 190 cm) and thus did not fit in the beds. The manager was quite helpful and showed us all the empty rooms to see if there were beds that I could fit in. This was not the case but he could help us with some extra pillows. We also changed rooms to not have a tree banging against the metal roof. After we had changed rooms we went to confirm the time of the diving the day after (we had not received it earlier). He then proceeded to say that he had told us and that we couldn’t ask him about it since the dive shop was closed after 5pm (this was 5:30 pm. and no one had told us about the opening hours). This was expressed in a very rude fashion. Also, we were the only divers on the hotel. After this encounter we went back to our room and came out to have dinner. The dinner was priced at 10 USD for a vegetarian dish that was quite poor. Also, a bottle of water cost 3 USD at the hotel. In Chake Chake the price was 1000 TSH and in the nearby hotel the price was 2 USD. During the dinner the management had been drinking beers all evening and the dive shop manager came up to my girlfriend mocking her about her diving skills (she is a divemaster with 400 dives) and saying that he was hoping she could teach the all about buoyancy. The hotel manager added to this behaviour by saying that PADI only produced bad divers etc. We then told him that we did not want to go diving with them the day after. Then he responded that we were free to leave tonight if we do not like the way in their premises, and so we did, the same night going to Pemba Paradise. We left the keys to the security staff and given that we had paid 220 USD (equivalent to 2 nights for two people) for the accommodation beforehand we considered the matter settled. When we woke up the day after the manager of Gecko Nature Lodge had come to our new hotel. He wanted compensation for all 4 nights as well as for food and transport and the hotel levy. He called us primadonnas with bad attitude and thieves on multiple occasions. Since we believed we had paid him more than his due we refused to pay the new bill he gave us so he proceeded to call the police. We had to give both written and oral statements to the police since he pressed charges against us. To try to solve this amicably we offered him an additional 100 USD via the general manager of Pemba Paradise but then he wanted a written statement where we agreed to not post any reviews upon our return to Sweden. The whole situation was quite threatening and without the support of the amazing staff at Pemba Paradise our vacation would have been spoiled. Also, one of his main arguments was that the amount we paid at hotels.com was not enough since he did not receive the whole amount, and wanted us to pay the difference… In conclusion. Gecko Nature Lodge and Swahili divers is probably the worst experience I have ever had in terms of service and lodgings and I recommend everyone to stay well clear of this and instead go to Pemba Paradise if you find yourself in the north of Pemba
Lokasi
Plot 29, Makangale,Micheweni
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Waktu check-in & check-out
Waktu check-in:
8:30 AM
Waktu check-out:
10 AM
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Di mana alamat Swahili Divers & Gecko Nature Lodge?
Swahili Divers & Gecko Nature Lodge beralamat di Plot 29, Makangale,Micheweni
Pukul berapa waktu check-in & check-out di Swahili Divers & Gecko Nature Lodge?
Waktu untuk check-in di Swahili Divers & Gecko Nature Lodge adalah mulai dari pukul 8:30 AM dan waktu check-out paling lambat pukul 10 am
Apa saja fasilitas yang tersedia di Swahili Divers & Gecko Nature Lodge?
Fasilitas yang tersedia dan bisa kamu gunakan di hotel ini adalah (beberapa fasilitas mungkin perlu biaya tambahan):
  • Kolam Renang
  • Wifi
  • Restoran
Apakah di Swahili Divers & Gecko Nature Lodge tersedia fasilitas kolam renang?
Ya, di Swahili Divers & Gecko Nature Lodge tersedia kolam renang yang bisa kamu gunakan.

Fasilitas
Fasilitas Populer
Kolam Renang
Wifi
Restoran
Olahraga, Spa & Rekreasi
Fasilitas barbekyu
Area piknik
Kursi berjemur di pantai
Taman
Marina di dalam properti
Kolam renang outdoor
Hewan Peliharaan
Hewan peliharaan tidak diperbolehkan
Fasilitas Umum
Teras
Perpustakaan
Ruang merokok khusus
Restoran
 

Review

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4.5
Dari 230 review
Kebersihan
4.0
Kamar
4.0
Lokasi
4.5
Layanan
4.5
Nilai
4.5
Pasangan
87
Keluarga
27
Wisata sendiri
50
Berlibur dengan teman
56
Bisnis
1
ianwK6584QI
24 Mar 2020 - Pasangan
Spacious accommodation, some great food eg red snapper, and the dive wall top class. Glenn and Ala were extraordinarily helpful at the end of our visit by getting our air tickets changed, enabling us to get home. Professionals in every way!
Giorgio2009
13 Mar 2020 -
I stayed at the nearby Pemba Paradise lodge and made six dives with Swahili Divers, with a boat ensuring our shuttle (two divers) between the lodge and the diving centre. Glenn and Alia (hope the spelling is correct) are very experienced tech instructors/guides, having been in Pemba for a couple of years and in many other places before, from the Gulf to Thailand and beyond. So we felt constantly in very capable and safe hands. Mike, the owner, is a passionate diver (dive master I reckon) and underwater photographer, who accompanied us along Alia, Glenn or both on most dives. I am grateful for the pictures he kindly sent me (I was unable to use my own new underwater housing for my camera : always best to try at home new material!). We were a bit unlucky with the weather, with wind and therefore currents and visibility changing on the night we arrived. By the way, the driver that picked us up at the airport had never been to Swahili divers, so it took some time before he finally located the place, which is not very far from Pemba Paradise hotel, although not at comfortable walking distance if you carry diving equipment. On the first dive the visibility was rather poor (5 to maybe 10 meters I would say) due to sediments, but things definitely improved afterwards (20+ meters), although not cristal clear as I normally had in the majority of my dives in Souther Egypt. Very reach, pristine corals and many easy to spot nudibranches, beside the usual tropical fishes. Bring a macro lens, but do not blame me if then you meet a whale shark (in season). Dives are not the cheapest, but the place is really isolated and this is the only place offering nitrox in Pemba, probably one of the very few in the Zanzibar archipelago. Six dives cost 450 $, adding boat shuttle (about 20' each way), nitrox, marine park fee, credit card charge I totalled around 600$. I would really like to give it a second chance with better visibility conditions.
Principia4321
24 Feb 2020 - Keluarga
Me, my two sons and a friend off mine, who went to Swahili Divers for diving. We had 5 days of great diving with the most fantastic instructors. They have a really great setup, many spectacular and quite different dive sites and a very big hospitality. The diving instructors (Alla and Glenn) are very experinced, kind, educated and funny. You are in absolut safe hands in their company. They make absolutely the best lobsters. My warmest recommendations for this world class diving center..
57frederikl
24 Feb 2020 - Berlibur dengan teman
We were four friends, who went to Swahili Divers for diving. We had 5 days of great diving with the most fantastic instructors. They have a really great setup, many spectacular and quite different dive sites and a very big hospitality. The diving instructors (Alla and Glenn) are very experinced, kind, educated and funny. You are in absolut safe hands in their company. My warmest recommendations for this world class diving center..
E1813FMerikh
13 Jan 2020 - Pasangan
We planned to go to the Gecko Nature Lodge to dive with the Swahili divers. We had booked a stay for four nights with this hotel but ended up staying zero nights. Here is why: Upon arrival we went to discuss the diving with the staff in the dive shop (Glenn) (the dive shop and lodge are on the same premises) and were straight away given a lecture as to how Padi divers were basically incapable of diving due to the poor education. We thought this was strange but wanted to dive in Pemba so we scheduled diving for the morning after anyway. I am a rather tall guy (above 6 ft./ 190 cm) and thus did not fit in the beds. The manager was quite helpful and showed us all the empty rooms to see if there were beds that I could fit in. This was not the case but he could help us with some extra pillows. We also changed rooms to not have a tree banging against the metal roof. After we had changed rooms we went to confirm the time of the diving the day after (we had not received it earlier). He then proceeded to say that he had told us and that we couldn’t ask him about it since the dive shop was closed after 5pm (this was 5:30 pm. and no one had told us about the opening hours). This was expressed in a very rude fashion. Also, we were the only divers on the hotel. After this encounter we went back to our room and came out to have dinner. The dinner was priced at 10 USD for a vegetarian dish that was quite poor. Also, a bottle of water cost 3 USD at the hotel. In Chake Chake the price was 1000 TSH and in the nearby hotel the price was 2 USD. During the dinner the management had been drinking beers all evening and the dive shop manager came up to my girlfriend mocking her about her diving skills (she is a divemaster with 400 dives) and saying that he was hoping she could teach the all about buoyancy. The hotel manager added to this behaviour by saying that PADI only produced bad divers etc. We then told him that we did not want to go diving with them the day after. Then he responded that we were free to leave tonight if we do not like the way in their premises, and so we did, the same night going to Pemba Paradise. We left the keys to the security staff and given that we had paid 220 USD (equivalent to 2 nights for two people) for the accommodation beforehand we considered the matter settled. When we woke up the day after the manager of Gecko Nature Lodge had come to our new hotel. He wanted compensation for all 4 nights as well as for food and transport and the hotel levy. He called us primadonnas with bad attitude and thieves on multiple occasions. Since we believed we had paid him more than his due we refused to pay the new bill he gave us so he proceeded to call the police. We had to give both written and oral statements to the police since he pressed charges against us. To try to solve this amicably we offered him an additional 100 USD via the general manager of Pemba Paradise but then he wanted a written statement where we agreed to not post any reviews upon our return to Sweden. The whole situation was quite threatening and without the support of the amazing staff at Pemba Paradise our vacation would have been spoiled. Also, one of his main arguments was that the amount we paid at hotels.com was not enough since he did not receive the whole amount, and wanted us to pay the difference… In conclusion. Gecko Nature Lodge and Swahili divers is probably the worst experience I have ever had in terms of service and lodgings and I recommend everyone to stay well clear of this and instead go to Pemba Paradise if you find yourself in the north of Pemba
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