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Pemba Island

Pemba is the northernmost island of the archipelago and the smaller, hillier and greener “sister island” of Zanzibar. Pemba enjoys far less attention than the world-famous main island and often even gets forgotten. Therefore, the island and its friendly and relaxed people can maintain a quiet and easy-going atmosphere among spice plantations, fruit trees and the lush tropical vegetation.

For those travelers who find Zanzibar too crowded, Pemba is the right island to go to. Accommodation is limited to just a few small guest house style accommodations and very nice lodges right on the beach.

Facts about Pemba

Pemba’s landscape boasts with an irregularly shaped coastline and dense mangrove forests, which are dominated by deep valleys that gently slope into the sea. Due to its four million clove trees, some of which are over 100 years old, Pemba is also known as the clove island of the Indian Ocean.

The so-called Pemba Channel – the waters between Pemba and the Main– is considered as one of the last great un spoilt areas for diving and deep-sea fishing. Despite plenty of attractions such as primeval forests, picturesque ruins, deserted beaches and beautiful offshore islands, there are rarely more than a few dozen travelers on the island at once, making it quite a destination for individualists, honeymoon couples and divers.

Pemba’s landscape boasts with an irregularly shaped coastline and dense mangrove forests, which are dominated by deep valleys that gently slope into the sea. Due to its four million clove trees, some of which are over 100 years old, Pemba is also known as the clove island of the Indian Ocean.

The so-called Pemba Channel – the waters between Pemba and the Main– is considered as one of the last great un spoilt areas for diving and deep-sea fishing. Despite plenty of attractions such as primeval forests, picturesque ruins, deserted beaches and beautiful offshore islands, there are rarely more than a few dozen travelers on the island at once, making it quite a destination for individualists, honeymoon couples and divers.

On a map, Pemba is located just 50 km east of Tanzania’s mainland, in the Indian Ocean.

This small island is only 67 km (42 miles) long, and a mere 22 km (14 miles wide). Despite its size, Pemba has plenty of charm and is surrounded by beautiful ocean waters.

The Zanzibar Archipelago, Unguja and Pemba, together with Mafia Island make up Tanzania’s three ‘Spice Islands’, all of which export exotic, tropical spices to the world.

There are two ways to reach Pemba: by air or water.

Water :

Those with plenty of time and a love for the open water can take a ferry from Zanzibar to Pemba. This ferry is offered twice a week, and the ride takes approximately 5 hours. The ferry arrives at the port in Chake Chake town.

Air :

For those who want to arrive at their destination and save travel-time, flying into Pemba is a great option. You can have a quick flight from any major airport in Tanzania into Pemba.

Also, well worth visiting are the Pujini Ruins situated south-east of Chake Chake, Pemba’s largest town. These overgrown ruins are the remains of a 13th century Swahili town ruled by a despotic king. Opposite the Pujini Ruins you will find the well-preserved ruins of Ras Mkumbuu, which are located at the tip of the long peninsula.

Don’t miss out on Pemba’s natural wonders, such as the Ngezi Forest in the north, a protected rain forest which is home to an endemic species of bats, known as the Pemba flying fox. Another gem just off the western shore of Pemba is Misali Island. Together with its surrounding reef it has been incorporated into the Misali Island Conservation Area and is world-famous for its beautiful corals and beaches. Furthermore, the conservation area is a breeding site for green and hawksbill turtles.

The most popular activity in Pemba is diving - and for good reason! Pemba offers excellent diving opportunities, and the chance to see active, vibrant marine life. Adventurous travelers can visit Pemba Channel to spot hammerhead sharks as they are known to swim in groups in this area (but don’t worry, these sharks never venture to shallow waters near Pemba’s beaches).

Diving experts have acclaimed Pemba as the best diving experience in all of East Africa, with great options for beginners and experienced divers alike.

Those who enjoy snorkeling should consider visiting Misali Island, which is also where sea turtles are known to nest. Snorkelers will also see plenty of brightly-colored fish and beautiful starfish while in the water.

Pemba Packages

Hotels in Pemba

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Hotel: 4 Star ****
Hotel: 5 Star *****

Pemba Misali Sunset Beach

About this Property

Pemba Misali Sunset Located in Wesha, in the pristine Pemba Island Region, Pemba Misali Sunset Beach features a virgin beach with free private parking available on-site. Free WiFi is available in all public areas. The property offers spacious accommodation, all with sea view and a large en-suite bathroom in complete privacy.

Accommodation

The property offers spacious accommodation, all with sea view and a large en-suite bathroom in complete privacy.

 

Room Facilities

 Flat-screen TV
 Private Bathroom and toilet
 Breakfast in the room
 Air conditioning
 Tea-and-coffee-making facility is available in the room.

Hotel Amenities

 Beachfront
 Private beach area
 BBQ facilities
 Free! WiFi is available in public areas
 Pets are not allowed
 Entertainment staff
 Restaurant (à la carte and buffet)
 Free private parking is possible on site

Fundu Lagoon Boutique Hotel

About this Property

Fundu Lagoon is a small, private hotel located on a beautiful mangrove fringed beach on the south western shores of Pemba Island, part of the Zanzibar ‘Spice Island’ archipelago. Pemba lies to the north of its larger and better-known sister island, Unguja, and here you will find natural peace and tranquility.

Remote and private, Fundu Lagoon is situated by a sandy beach in the liminal fringes where jungle meets the ocean and is only accessible by boat. The hotel has a range of twelve private hillside and beachfront suites as well as wonderful communal spaces that include four bars, a jetty, fusion spa, a stunning infinity pool, five-star dive facilities and a spacious open sided restaurant serving a wide range of delicious cuisine.

Fundu Lagoon combines luxury alongside a distinctly Robinson Crusoe atmosphere. Pemba Island remains largely undeveloped and lives up to its ‘Spice Island’ nickname with the scent of cloves perfuming the air. Bush babies, flying foxes and vervet monkeys all call Pemba home while in the ocean, dolphins, tuna and a magical underwater world of coral reefs and steep ocean drop offs enchant and amaze.

Fundu Lagoon is a consistent winner of the Good Safari Guide ‘Best Marine Safari’ Award and it smoothly continues the holiday experience for guests who arrive from a Tanzanian safari. It is an ideal destination for friends, couples and families who are seeking a place to genuinely unwind and switch off in romantic and peaceful surroundings.

Accommodation

All the spacious tented rooms have ocean views, romantic thatched roofs and discrete privacy with wide open spaces.

The hill side accommodation enjoys fantastic views of the Indian Ocean as well as a cooling night-time breeze. The beach front accommodation is shaded by tropical trees and shrubs. The sandy white beach is on your doorstep and the noise of the ocean will lull you to sleep. All our rooms can be furnished with double or twin beds. The Superior suites can accommodate two additional beds if required. We offer free Wi-Fi to all our guests in the main reception area.

Fundu Lagoon is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
Fundu Lagoon offer the following rooms.

Beach Suite

Situated right on the beach, this bungalow has an extensive private deck with an elevated seating area for relaxing and reading, as well as a private plunge pool.

Jungle Suite

Our Jungle Suite is slightly set back from the beach among the mangroves with great privacy. The suite has an extensive private deck with an elevated seating area for relaxing and reading, as well as a private plunge pool.

 

Room Facilities

 Mini Bar
 Safe
 Electricity: 220-240V AC 50Hz
 Ceiling fans
 Mosquito nets
 Bathrobes
 Room service
 Private plunge pool
 English plug sockets

Superior Suites

These extensive suites (9m x 6m) offer superior accommodation, incorporating a stylish bedroom and an open plan lounge. The spacious outside deck area is perfect for intimate dining and guests have the option of cooling down in the huge private plunge pool. Superior suites incorporate a stone walled bathroom with double sink and shower.

Room Facilities

 Mini Bar
 Safe
 Electricity: 220-240V AC 50Hz
 Ceiling fans
 Mosquito nets
 Bathrobes
 Room service
 Private plunge pool
 English plug sockets
 Tea/Coffee making facilities

Standard Hillside Rooms

These rooms are located on the hillside, enjoying privacy, panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and a cooling breeze. The decks have recently been extended to accommodate two chairs and two sun loungers.

Standard Beachfront Rooms

These rooms are located on the beach so guests can stroll straight from their bungalow onto the beach. Each bungalow has two sun loungers on the beach as well as a small private deck area.

Room Facilities

 Mini Bar
 Safe
 Electricity: 220-240V AC 50Hz
 Ceiling fans
 Mosquito nets
 Bathrobes
 All rooms have English plug sockets

Hotel Amenities

 Accommodation
 Superior Suites
 Suites
 Standard Rooms
 Fusion Spa
 Dining & Bars
 Pool
 Resort Images
 Tours & Activities
 WiFi

The Manta Resort

About this Property

The Manta Resort is beautifully situated on the beach on the north side of Pemba Island, on the Kigomasha peninsula. The Manta Resort is located along an idyllic beach and offers privacy, romance, adventure and water sports.

The Manta Resort has fifteen cottages, half of which are by the sea and the other half just behind in the beautiful garden.

Accommodation

The Manta Resort offer the following Rooms.

 The Seafront Villas
 The Standard Garden Rooms
 The Superior Garden Rooms
 The Underwater Room (And very unique, your own floating private island with a glass bedroom at four meters below the water surface.)

Room Facilities

 All inclusive
 pacious
 AC
 Large bed
 Ensuite bathroom
 Porch
 Sea or garden view
 Privacy
 Porch
 Mosquito net

Hotel Amenities

 Pool
 Bar
 Restaurant
 Terrace
 Spa