Reviews of Chumbe Island Lodge
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Unique Chumbe Island
Chumbe Lodge is definitely somewhere to experience. We are very glad we had the opportunity to stay on the island for three nights (enough). Even the compost toilet was okay for the few nights we were there. We stayed in Banda 2 which was set very slightly inland and didn't get much of a breeze when sleeping. If we were to go back we would ask for 6 or 7 as they are right on the water's edge.
Apart from the eco concept, the most outstanding thing about Chumbe Lodge is the people who are running it. Everything was done with care and attention from the quality of the food to the information and activities. Everything was very clean although some of the beach bed cushions had seen better days and looked somewhat stained.
We really enjoyed the day time activities of the forest and intertidal walks and the snorkeling.
As with the safari lodges there was a set time for all meals with a limited choice of meat / fish or a vegetarian option. The quality of the food was very high although you have to get to your table on time. We were late one evening and found that they had run out of the main dish, unfortunately one group hadn't heard of portion control and managed to eat most of the food between them. It would have been nice if rather than having individual tables for two, the seating arrangements were more communal so that you could chat about the day and find out more about fellow guests, however can understand that not everyone would want this. After 5 nights at our previous resort we were in need of something more to do in the evening rather than just have dinner.
Overall a fantastic concept and a great holiday experience. We have lots of lovely memories including swimming with a turtle.
Chumbe Island review
An amazingly beatiful and peaceful island run by local people in a sustainable fashion. The food, service and accomodation were excellent. With only 6 guest houses it feels very exclusive but also very cosy.
I would recommend this to anyone. If it wasn't for the distance I would make it a regular visit.
Chumbe Island experience
Chumbe Island is different! Lovely setting, wonderful people, and overall a great pleasure. We learnt a great deal.
We discovered afterwards that we could have left baggage at the office Mbweni Ruins Beach Hotel. Had we known, we could easily have organised our bags to take enough for our stay, and this would have helped a great deal with transport to the island.
You mention the need to wade to the boat or shore. We hit a particularly low tide, so found ourselves very wet, thigh high in water, and walking for 300 yards or so through mud and coral. It can't be done in flimsy flip flops, or bare feet!
We truly enjoyed the visit.
Chumbe Island review
one of the best places we stayed at overall.
Facilities were better than we had been expecting (the compost toilet was fine), very friendly staff, brilliant excursions/activities (snorkelling, intertidal walk, forest walk) and educational. The bandas are cool and very easy to live in.
Food was fantastic and we were well catered for as vegtarians
Birthday cake and complimentary wine made us feel very special and we want to go back.
A experience with a difference. The accommodation was 'Robinson Crusoe' style - but perfectly suitable for the location.
Food was fabulous, and staff were extremely helpful, informative, and pleasant to deal with you. The views from the various vantage points, incl. the dining area, were fantastic.
The snorkling was great and the coral reef was spectacular in colour, vibrancy and fish life.
Three nights would be the maximum time to stay, because its a virgin forest island with very llimited walking access. In fact, the walking tours could be extended.