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Pemba Island
Pemba Island
Pemba Island
Pemba Island
Pemba Island

Pemba Island

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Pemba Island - though comparable in size to Zanzibar - is a beautiful island in its own right.
It is less visited than Zanzibar and therefore offers less touristy experiences ...
... such as the pristine Vumawimbi beach in the north of the island....
... or the remote Mesali Island, which is an excellent spot for snorkeling and diving.
Fundamentally, Pemba Island remains much more traditional than Zanzibar ...
... which on the other hand means that it is also less developed in infrastructure.
This traditional character trait is reflected in religion too: locals are predominantly Muslim...
... and you are likely to be greeted with big smiles.
The soil on Pemba Island is incredibly fertile...
... and consequently Pemba Island is more dependent on agriculture than on tourism.
Cloves are the main agricultural products and fill the air with a smell of spices...
... and you will often see them left out to dry on the side of the road.
Many of the locals are also reliant on subsistence fishing...
... and they will catch a variety of different species.
There are a number of excellent beach lodges on the Island of Pemba...
... such as Fundu Lagoon located on the south-western coast of the island...
... where you can enjoy this stunning sun-set at the end of the day.
Manta Resort in the north of the island is a remote beach lodge with fantastic views...
... a beautiful white sandy beach ...
... and a unique underwater bedroom.
There is a wide range of activities to do on Pemba, such as exploring the Ngezi Forest...
... or going on a dolphin watching trip ...
... to find the spinner dolphins who love to ride the bow wave of boats.
You can kayak over the shallow coral reefs ...
... or take a sunset cruise ...
... on a traditional ngalawa sailing boat ...
... which are still used by locals for fishing trips.
For a remote, secluded beach destination, Pemba Island is a great choice.
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Pemba Island - though comparable in size to Zanzibar - is a beautiful island in its own right.
Pemba Island - though comparable in size to Zanzibar - is a beautiful island in its own right.
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It is less visited than Zanzibar and therefore offers less touristy experiences ...
It is less visited than Zanzibar and therefore offers less touristy experiences ...
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... such as the pristine Vumawimbi beach in the north of the island....
... such as the pristine Vumawimbi beach in the north of the island....
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... or the remote Mesali Island, which is an excellent spot for snorkeling and diving.
... or the remote Mesali Island, which is an excellent spot for snorkeling and diving.
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Fundamentally, Pemba Island remains much more traditional than Zanzibar ...
Fundamentally, Pemba Island remains much more traditional than Zanzibar ...
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... which on the other hand means that it is also less developed in infrastructure.
... which on the other hand means that it is also less developed in infrastructure.
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This traditional character trait is reflected in religion too: locals are predominantly Muslim...
This traditional character trait is reflected in religion too: locals are predominantly Muslim...
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... and you are likely to be greeted with big smiles.
... and you are likely to be greeted with big smiles.
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The soil on Pemba Island is incredibly fertile...
The soil on Pemba Island is incredibly fertile...
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... and consequently Pemba Island is more dependent on agriculture than on tourism.
... and consequently Pemba Island is more dependent on agriculture than on tourism.
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Cloves are the main agricultural products and fill the air with a smell of spices...
Cloves are the main agricultural products and fill the air with a smell of spices...
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... and you will often see them left out to dry on the side of the road.
... and you will often see them left out to dry on the side of the road.
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Many of the locals are also reliant on subsistence fishing...
Many of the locals are also reliant on subsistence fishing...
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... and they will catch a variety of different species.
... and they will catch a variety of different species.
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There are a number of excellent beach lodges on the Island of Pemba...
There are a number of excellent beach lodges on the Island of Pemba...
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... such as Fundu Lagoon located on the south-western coast of the island...
... such as Fundu Lagoon located on the south-western coast of the island...
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... where you can enjoy this stunning sun-set at the end of the day.
... where you can enjoy this stunning sun-set at the end of the day.
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Manta Resort in the north of the island is a remote beach lodge with fantastic views...
Manta Resort in the north of the island is a remote beach lodge with fantastic views...
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... a beautiful white sandy beach ...
... a beautiful white sandy beach ...
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... and a unique underwater bedroom.
... and a unique underwater bedroom.
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There is a wide range of activities to do on Pemba, such as exploring the Ngezi Forest...
There is a wide range of activities to do on Pemba, such as exploring the Ngezi Forest...
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... or going on a dolphin watching trip ...
... or going on a dolphin watching trip ...
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... to find the spinner dolphins who love to ride the bow wave of boats.
... to find the spinner dolphins who love to ride the bow wave of boats.
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You can kayak over the shallow coral reefs ...
You can kayak over the shallow coral reefs ...
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... or take a sunset cruise ...
... or take a sunset cruise ...
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... on a traditional ngalawa sailing boat ...
... on a traditional ngalawa sailing boat ...
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... which are still used by locals for fishing trips.
... which are still used by locals for fishing trips.
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For a remote, secluded beach destination, Pemba Island is a great choice.
For a remote, secluded beach destination, Pemba Island is a great choice.
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Holidays visiting Pemba Island

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Jasmine Beach Holiday

7 days • 1 locations
DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

Relax on Pemba Island’s Manta Resort, a laidback and remote beach retreat with superb views. Enjoy a range of land- and water-based activities, and spend a night in the unique underwater bedroom for a truly special experience.

US$3,070 - US$3,950 per person

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Black Pepper Beach Holiday

7 days • 1 locations
DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

Beautiful sunsets, excellent diving opportunities and utter relaxation await you at Pemba Island’s Fundu Lagoon. Enjoy a remote beach experience with varied activities on a quiet stretch of tropical island.

US$2,300 - US$3,680 per person

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Where to stay in Pemba Island

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Manta Resort

Manta Resort

Manta Resort is a remote lodge in northern Pemba. It is relatively expensive, but some guests – especially divers – will find it good value.


94% (10 reviews)
Fundu Lagoon

Fundu Lagoon

Pemba's best-known beach lodge, Fundu Lagoon attracts honeymooners for its remote location, and divers for its proximity to some deep wall dives.


88% (8 reviews)
Pemba Lodge

Pemba Lodge

Pemba Lodge is a rustic, eco-friendly lodge on a stunning stretch of beach on Shamiani Island, just off the main island of Pemba.


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