Pemba Island Holiday

A quiet island north of Zanzibar, excellent for a remote rustic break and excellent for diving and snorkelling

Pemba Island Holiday

6 days from £1160 pp plus international flights

Just 50km of sea separates Pemba from Zanzibar, but it is a world away. Largely undeveloped, tourism is secondary to agriculture on this island.  Like Mafia Island the beaches are not perfect, nor are they as good as some of Zanzibar’s but it has a desert island appeal with superb diving and snorkelling, so if you are looking for an island escape then this could be it.

Pemba is not as developed as some of the other islands; it is quiet and more remote. The verdant, hilly landscape is covered in clove and palm plantations dotted with enormous old mango trees.  It receives far fewer visitors than Zanzibar.

The coastline attracts a huge variety of marine life with a mixture of plunging coastline, coral lagoons and a network of tiny offshore islands. It is an excellent location for diving and attracts divers from all over who come to explore these rich waters. Drift diving along the walls of the Pemba channel has a huge appeal for experienced divers while the coral reefs and lagoons offer attractive diving for the less experienced.

Just off Pemba is Mesali Island.  You can take a daytrip out there and enjoy a picnic lunch and snorkel to your heart’s content. The marine reserve around the island plays host to a myriad of colourful marine life just below the surface.

Taking a break from underwater exploration, above the waterline you can explore on boat trips, dhows and kayaks. Dolphins, humpback whales and turtles have been spotted here.

A village visit will offer an interesting insight into life on the island, taking your guide with you will enhance the interaction. Combine this with a tour of a spice farm (70% of the world’s cloves come from Pemba, the heady aroma evident during drying season) and perhaps follow this with a guided walk through the Ngezi Forest home to a variety of flora and fauna including the flying fox.

It you are looking for fantastic diving and snorkelling, far from the usual tourist crowds then Pemba may be for you. It’s remote and rustic, no light pollution and a feeling of being far from anywhere.

There is limited accommodation on Pemba, and we recommend the following places to stay:

Highlights

  • Remote and away from the crowds
  • Choice of two characterful beach lodges
  • Excellent diving
  • Superb snorkelling
  • Kayak through the mangroves
  • Sunset dhow cruise
  • Migrating humpback whales in Aug & Sep

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Fundu Lagoon Prices

Low Season (19 Nov – 23 Dec 2019, 01 Mar – 05 Apr 2020)
From £3235 pp (based on 5 nights, depending on room type)

High Season (01 Jul  – 31 Oct 2019, 24 Dec – 27 Dec 2019, 05 Jan – 29 Feb 2020)
From £2445 pp to £3630 pp (based on 5 nights, depending on room type)

Note: These prices are based on a currently available ‘Stay 5, pay 4’ offer which is available all year other than 24 Dec to 4 Jan). We reserve the right to reprice this if the lodge rescinds this offer. 

Includes: 5 nights accommodation, all meals, soft drinks, beers, house wine, unguided mangrove canoe safaris, snorkelling equipment, village treks, laundry service and road / speedboat transfers to / from Chake Chake airport.

Manta Resort Prices

High Season (01 Jul 2019 – 28 Feb 2020):
From £1,160 pp to £1,675 pp (based on 5 nights, depending on room type)

Note: These prices are based on a currently available ‘Stay 5, pay 4’ offer which is available all year other than 20 Dec 2019 – 10 Jan 2020 and for
Underwater Room. We reserve the right to reprice this if the lodge rescinds this offer. 

Includes: 5 nights on full board and transfers to and from arrival point.

Tanzania Specialists

Start planning your tailor-made holiday to Tanzania. Tell us what you want, and we will tailor make your perfect trip.

Call: 01473 599084