Toten Island

Toten Island (Swahili Kisiwa cha Toten, adapted from German Toteninsel, meaning "Island of the Dead") is situated off the Tanga harbour in Tanzania. It is within the Tanga Bay. The Island contains ruins of two mosques and tombs. The name comes from the German word for "dead bodies" alluding to the numerous graves on the island.[1]

Toten Island
The island within Tanga Bay
Toten Island
Location in Tanzania
LocationEast Africa
Coordinates5°3′20.29″S 39°6′27.11″E
Adjacent bodies of waterIndian Ocean
RegionTanga, Tanga Region

Until 1854 Toten Island was still inhabited by people. In 1884 the remaining people moved to what is present day Tanga city.[2]


  1. Tanzania By Jens Finke Published by Rough Guides, 2003 ISBN 1-85828-783-9, ISBN 978-1-85828-783-6, p. 169

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