A story of passion

“It’ll never happen”. “It is just not possible”, they said. And the rest is history.

In its unique position in / on the waters of the Indian Ocean, The Rock is a charming, exclusive restaurant that in a very short time has become one of the icons of this exotic island.

The Rcok Team

From an outpost for subsistence fishermen from the local village of Michamvi, The Rock is now a different, valuable part of their lives directly benefiting their community.

Such a simple idea, but with incredible logistical challenges to overcome; electricity, gas, fresh water, sanitation, WIFI, communications, storage, refuse removal and all while keeping to a minimal environmental impact commitment.

Lovingly planned and put together over many months, and decorated in a simple, unfussy local island style, the restaurant specialises in seafood and local tastes. Our biggest challenge, in fact, was how to respect the beauty of the location, and to ensure our vision of an uncomplicated, unfussy, unpretentious dining environment complimented with a menu and food of international standard.

The Rock is not for everyone; it is too small to cater to fast food tastes and budgets.

Located in front of Michamvi Pingwe beach on the south-east coast of the island, it has sometimes been referred to as the floating restaurant. It is a dining experience with nature and passionately prepared food.

We accommodate couples and groups of up to 20 - given enough warning and of course a booking. The Rock is available for special occasions and can be reserved for private events.

An open-air terrace, offering that romantic evening under the African stars by night, skies by day, with panoramic seascapes is available for pre- and post-meal drinks.

The restaurant is reached off the beach on foot at low tide or by boat at high tide. Guests can if they wish wade out. The boat service is offered with our compliments.


The Rock For Community

Through the years, the Foundation has developed several projects , focused on offering to the kids of both villages the ideal conditions and tools to pursue a better future as well as to offer to the local villagers different opportunity of life quality improvement by creating Zanzibar help projects