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Chumbe Island

Chumbe Island

Discover an island paradise rich in marine diversity, unparalleled beauty, and dedication to conservation at Chumbe Island. The small eco-lodge provides a relaxing getaway from traffic, phones, television, and the many other things that can distract from a peaceful connection with nature. Renowned for its ecological innovation and exceptional coral reefs, Chumbe Island is a largely unknown tourist destination, allowing guests the ultimate in seclusion and relaxation.

In the middle of an exotic jungle lie seven private eco-bungalows with expansive views over the Indian Ocean. The units aim for zero impact on the environment. Rainwater (filtrated and stored in underground cisterns) is heated through solar power, and natural air-conditioning, composting toilets, and vegetative greywater filtration systems allow extremely minimal environmental impact. Each romantically rustic cottage features a thatched roof, double or twin beds, self-contained bathroom with hot and cold shower, large living room, handcrafted furniture, and colorful African artifacts. Relax in your comfortable outdoor hammock before taking a short stroll down to the beach.

Dine in style under the soaring roof covering the visitor’s center. With views looking to distant Zanzibar and the Tanzanian coast, the flavors of Arabia, India, Africa, and Zanzibar meld in delicious profusion.

Known as one of the most spectacular coral gardens to be found anywhere in the world, Chumbe Island Coral Park and Chumbe Reef Sanctuary provide a protected breeding ground for fish, corals, and other marine species. Snorkeling is a popular activity as guests explore the reef and its over 400 species of fish including batfish, potato grouper, and parrotfish, alongside lobster, hawksbill turtle, blue-spotted stingray, dolphin, and over 200 species of pristine coral.

In addition to the coral reef sanctuary, Chumbe Island encompasses a forest reserve inhabited by extremely rare and endangered animals such as the giant coconut crab and shy Ader’s duiker, the rarest antelope in the world.

If the urge to explore continues, trek around the island to find its two historic buildings, a small mosque and an early 1900’s era lighthouse. Nature trails crisscross the island, leading to intertidal pools, mangroves, and huge baobab trees.

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