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Chumbe Island & Marine Park, Tanzania

Chumbe Island is a small tropical island located about 8 miles off the south-west coast of Zanzibar. The island features a beautiful coral reef sanctuary, forest reserve and a variety of rare wildlife species which make it an absolute dream destination for snorkellers. 

Book Cheap flights to Chumbe Island with Tripindigo and start your adventure today!



Main Attractions

  1. Coral Reef Sanctuary
  2. Forest Reserve
  3. Historical Monuments
  • Coral Reef Sanctuary

Renowned as one of the most stunning reefs in East Africa, the Coral Reef Sanctuary offers an array of hard corals and reef fish species, and it’s a feeding ground for green turtles and hawksbills.

  • Forest Reserve

A large portion of Chumbe Island is covered by untouched tropical dry forests – about 90% - in Zanzibar. Also known as a ‘coral rag forest’, the forest reserve is home to a collection of highly specialized plants that have grown without any groundwater.  The forest features a wide range of bird species, lizards, non-poisonous snakes and crustaceans. You’ll also find rare wildlife species such as Ader’s Duiker and Coconut crabs – world’s largest living arthropod.

  • Historical Monuments

Although the island has been uninhabited for many years, there are historical buildings that have been restored by CHICOP or left untouched such as the historic lighthouse built by the Sultan of Zanzibar, which provides stunning views of the sea between Zanzibar Island and the Tanzania mainland. There’s also a mosque

More about Chumbe Island & Marine Park

Popular Activities

Snorkelling: Snorkelling on Chumbe Island is an unforgettable experience. Take a boat ride to the edge of the Coral Reef Sanctuary and explore the underwater world with a competent guide.

Nature trails: Take guided walks across the island accompanied by a ranger, learn more about the geology of the island, discover the flora and fauna and see amazing wildlife.

Chumbe Lighthouse: Climb the 132 steps to the top of the lighthouse on Chumbe Island and enjoy the breathtaking views of sea between Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar island.

Information for visitors

Did you know?

  1. The Chumbe Reef Sanctuary is registered as a marine protected area by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and the first marine park in Tanzania
  2. Chumbe Island coral reef is known to be home to around 400 fish species that are part of 50 fish families have been documented, including more rare species of fish like the Giant Grouper

The closest airport is Zanzibar

Popular Activities

  1. Snorkelling
  2. Nature Trails
  3. Chumbe Lighthouse

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