Big rocks on the white sandy beach of Pemba Island

Pemba Island Tours and Travels

About Pemba Island

Untouched and rugged, Pemba Island is blessed with a wealth of natural beauty, making it one of the best beach holiday destinations in Tanzania. With the warm Indian Ocean lapping at its pristine sandy shores and the endless African sunshine warming the air, it is hard to see why Pemba Island has remained such a hidden gem over the course of history. Despite being just over 100km from the famous traveller hotspot Zanzibar, the two islands are vastly different. The shores of Pemba Island are fringed with mangroves and lagoons and further inland the terrain becomes hilly and rocky, unlike the flat Zanzibar.

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With beautifully warm water that stays at around 26 degrees Celsius, it goes without saying that the area around the island is perfect for diving. Aquatic explorers will discover a vast array of stunning marine life as well as vibrant coral reefs and possibly some larger creatures if the season is right. You'll also have the benefit of having the entire area to yourself as there are usually very few other divers in these waters. Misali Island, in the Pemba archipelago, is one of the prime spots for diving and snorkelling.

For those who prefer to keep their feet on terra firma there are a number of different things to do on the island itself. A trip to the Kidike Sanctuary for Flying Foxes gives travellers the opportunity to get up close and personal with these huge bats. Alternatively, you might want to check out the Essential Oil distillery, a true olfactory delight, or take a walk through the island and learn about its history of voodoo and witch doctors.

Pemba Island Hotels

If you are planning a Pemba Island holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Fundu Lagoon Pemba Island

Our Category: Lavish   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

Recently voted the Best Marine Safari Property in Africa, the privately owned Fundu Lagoon is one of Pemba's hidden gems. All of the 18 spacious tented rooms are beautifully designed with hardwood furniture and attractive ensuite facilities. The two suites also benefit from private plunge pools and outdoor showers. The Fundu Fusion spa is the perfect place to head for some holiday relaxation. The resort also benefits from a cool Jetty Bar and restaurant - serving up some of the best seafood in East Africa! Fundu Lagoon is beautifully remote and only accessible by boat.

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