Zanzibar's surrounding islands - Pemba, Mafia, Chumbe and Mnemba - are for the most part much less densely populated than mainland Zanzibar, and home to some of the finest beaches and wildlife attractions available in the entire archipelago.
Surrounding Islands near Zanzibar in a few words...
Surrounding Islands near Zanzibar (Zanzibar)
Zanzibar's surrounding islands are for the most part much less densely populated than mainland Zanzibar, and home to some of the finest beaches and wildlife attractions available in the entire archipelago.
Chumbe Island Coral Park, located just off Stone Town and nearby Prison, Grave, and Snake Islands, make a refreshing day-trip and a good break from exploring the winding passageways of the old city. Approximately 90% of Chumbe Island is covered by one of the last remaining pristine 'coral rag' forests in Zanzibar. It is possible to stay on the island in a private lodge.
Mnemba Island is situated just 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar Island. Surrounded by an atoll of coral reefs, it boasts great dive sites and top-end luxury hideaway of Mnemba Island Lodge.
To the south of Zanzibar is Mafia Island, great for divers and with several properties to choose from.
Accommodation in Surrounding Islands near Zanzibar (Zanzibar)
Chumbe is a wonderful island resort that is accessible only by boat. A charming eco-lodge, it is located within the Chumbe Island Coral Park, and provides access to some of the most beautiful coral gardens in the world.
Fundu Lagoon is an exclusive retreat with a wonderful location on the island of Pemba, Zanzibar's little, and less-visited, neighbour. It offers stylish accommodation and a marvellous stretch of beach.
Mnemba Island Lodge is one of Zanzibar's finest private island lodges, offering the very best in ‘desert island’ style exclusivity and barefoot luxury.
Other regions in Zanzibar
Today, many of the winding streets and high townhouses of old Stone Town remain unchanged and visitors can walk between the sultan’s palace, the House of Wonders, the Portuguese fort and gardens, the merchants’ houses, and the Turkish baths of the old city.
Zanzibar’s coastline offers some of Africa's finest beaches, but sand and surf vary depending on which side of the island you’re on. The east coast offers the most pristine beaches, while west Zanzibar offers gentler tides. On the northern coast of Zanzibar, the diving is superb. The south coast is home to the Menai Bay Conservation Area.