PEMBA ISLAND – ZANZIBAR
Pemba Island is located in the north of Zanzibar lying on the east African coast.
It is the world’s major clove producer, although Pemba has now additionally adopted its more traditional role of being a Tanzania safari island paradise with small inter-island trade.
The pace of life is relaxed, the island has a bewitching atmosphere and the marine life is exceptional. The Indian Ocean that surrounds Pemba features some of the best snorkeling and diving sites in the world. Shallow coral lagoons drop off to spectacular depths supporting a vast range of marine life. It offers enthusiasts an amazing Tanzanian diving safari.
Pemba Island is also home to Misali Island which is surrounded by a coral reef, where the notorious pirate Captain Kidd is supposed to have had one of his hideouts in the 17th century. Some believe he actually buried treasure here too.
Also of interest, is he Ngezi Rainforest in the northernmost point on Pemba, which is the last remains of a huge tract of indigenous forest which used to cover most of Pemba. Ngezi is home to the Pemba Flying Fox, a bat endemic to the island. The forest itself is a protected area. On the east side of the Ngezi peninsula is Vumawimbi Beach, an immaculate beach with miles of white sand flanked by a pristine forest. On the western side is Verani Beach with the ‘Pango ya Watoro’ or ‘the cave of the fugitives. Also the “MPAPINDI” the trees which are endemic to Ngezi forest at Verani which are included in the International list of endangered species can be found here. At the Ngezi forest, one can observe a troop of vervet monkeys easily recognizable by their bright blue color bouncily crossing the road. A little shy at first, they hid amongst the trees once know any vehicle is passing by!
For the diving enthusiasts, The diving around Pemba Island, Zanzibar is nothing else but breathtaking. The untouched coral reefs surrounding the entire island make Pemba one of the top dive sites in the world. Pemba, Tanzania is the perfect place to start your dive adventure with one of the healthiest coral reefs in the Indian Ocean, a water temperature averaging at 26ºC and the best visibility of East Africa of 30-40 meters. In particular, the Emerald Reef is one not to be missed. This beautiful reef starts at 5 meters deep and goes down to a sandy bottom at 30 meters, which in turn leads to a vertical wall. The reef is covered with interesting colorful corals.
The scent of cloves on the breeze, deserted white-sand beaches and snorkeling off the coral reef – the Island of Pemba has everything you could want from a holiday: a paradise set on a beautiful beach in the north-west of Pemba Island, ran with a love for the natural environment that surrounds it and the culture that embeds it.