The second biggest island in the Zanzibar archipelago, Pemba Island is a breathtaking and pristine location that every tourist must visit. Situated just north of the more famous, and much more developed Zanzibar Island (also known as Unguja), Pemba offers wonderful food, breathtaking views, fabulous diving, and serenity. The isle is greener and more peaceful than other islands, and is ideal for tourists who wish to relax and unwind! The stunning destination is also known as The Green Island.
In Pemba, tourists can relax on the soft white sands and take some time off from the tensions and worries of daily life. Walking on the tranquil beach can be a great opportunity for unwinding. For those who wish to be closer to nature, the vivid greenery and lush vegetation provides an ideal and peaceful environment. Visitors can also go to the lush green Ngezi Forest reserve which includes several biomes, including tropical forest, riverine forest, and maquis shrubland. It is home to owls, monkeys (notably the Pemba Vervet Monkey and the Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey), Pemba flying fox, African goshawk, palm-nut vulture, green pigeon, malachite kingfisher, crowned hornbill, Pemba white-eye, and miniature antelopes.
A great idea is to enjoy an exciting and relaxing activity, diving. The cool blue water is crystal clear, and is home to whale sharks, seahorses, black, blue, and striped marlins, sea goldie, anemone, mako sharks, sailfish, tiger sharks, swordfish, crabs, spearfish, manta rays, lionfish, moray eels, urchins, and Hammerhead sharks. Divers can also see the breathtaking colorful coral reef! At some spots, tourists might face sheer walls with a deep drop that looks like a scary dark abyss. If they are beginners or concerned about safety, tourists should hire a local guide to help and assist them.
Misali Beach is one of the top diving spots of the island. Tourists can enjoy the scenic view of the crystalline water, stunning coral reefs, and nesting sea turtles. They can enjoy activities such as swimming and snorkelling, or visit the inland caves which are said to be inhabited by ancestral spirits!
The private and serene Vumawimbi Beach is an untouched stretch of white sand where visitors can enjoy the sweet smelling air or take a swim in the turquoise waters! This heavenly beach is an untouched stretch of white sand where tourists can enjoy the sweet smelling air and a cooling swim in the crystalline waters. This breathtaking location is peaceful, private, serene, and isolated, as all hotels are located on the west side instead.
Tourists can also dive at Baobab Beach, which has no permanent residents but is often inhabited by fishermen. Fishing with them, and buying fresh seafood can be an enriching experience that can help the local economy. The private beach is an excellent spot for a cooling dive in the sea.
Another great diving spot is Kigomasha Peninsula which is a top rated tourist destination. Scenic views of the spectacular sunsets, swaying palm leaves, crystalline waters, and soft, white sands make the experience unforgettable. Visitors can also explore the lighthouse which was built back in 1904! The remote location is very attractive, as travellers can also go to nearby villages such as Makangale for cultural tours.
Travellers can also go to Chake Chake, a deep indentation that stretches 5 km from north to south. The Bay provides a scenic view of the deep blue water, and is a great spot for taking a dhow trip. Tourists can go for a cooling dive, visit the fish market to buy fresh seafood, or go to the Chake town market which opened in 1904! The walled city and Old Fort also have a unique atmosphere and are interesting sites to visit.