Bawe Island

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This article is about the Tanzanian island. For the Indonesian village, see Bawe.
not to be confused with Bawean Island
Bawe Island
Topographic map of Zanzibar-en.svg
Unguja and surrounding islands
Bawe Island is located in Tanzania
Bawe Island
Bawe Island
Location in Tanzania
Location Indian Ocean
Coordinates 6°08′59″S 39°07′53″E / 6.14972°S 39.13139°E / -6.14972; 39.13139Coordinates: 6°08′59″S 39°07′53″E / 6.14972°S 39.13139°E / -6.14972; 39.13139
Archipelago Zanzibar Archipelago
Length 1 km (0.6 mi)
Width 0.5 km (0.31 mi)
Region Zanzibar

Bawe Island is a small island in the Zanzibar Archipelago, in Tanzania. It is located about 10 km offshore Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar on the island of Unguja. At the end of the 18th century, sultan Barghash ibn Sa'id of Zanzibar gave the island to the Eastern Telegraph Company, that used it as an operation station for the underwater telegraph cable connecting Zanzibar to Seychelles and Aden. This agreement was extended by sultan Khalifa ibn Sa'id in 1889, in favor of Cable & Wireless, that also built houses on the island to accommodate their personnel. Nowadays, Bawe is solely a tourist destination.[1]


  1. ^ [1] Archived June 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.