With its pristine coral reef, natural trails around the island and Indian mosque and lighthouse dating back to 1904, Chumbe has something to tickle everyone’s fancy. Ader’s Duikers roam through the forest reserve as fish eagles soar overhead and tiny pied kingfishers jump from branch to branch of the baobab trees and mangroves.
A short boat ride away from the main island of Zanzibar, a day out at Chumbe is not complete without some snorkeling. The reef is rich in marine life; turtles, sting rays, lobsters and schools of brilliant tropical fish. Snorkeling equipment is provided on the island with tuition available for beginners and park rangers on hand to guide you through the reef imparting their specialist local knowledge.Explore the waters either in the morning or afternoon, leaving time for a nature trail across the sand bank which is dotted with scuttling crabs and starfish waiting for the tide to sweep them out to sea. Walking through Chumbe’s coral rag forest, you can see fossilized structures in between the jungle of vines and vegetation.
Cold soda and bottles of water are complimentary throughout the day, with a selection of mouth watering Swahili dishes for lunch freshly cooked on the island. During your stay, you’ll have use of one of the island’s award winning eco-friendly bandas as well.
Requires 24h booking periods, subject to availability