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Chumbe Island Coral Park is located 8km southwest of Stone Town, a privately-managed and protected marine area and nature reserve. It was developed in 1991 for the conservation and sustainable management of uninhabited Chumbe Island, one of the few remaining pristine coral islands in the region.
The reserve includes a fully-protected Coral Reef Sanctuary and Forest Reserve that harbor rare wildlife, a Visitor and Education Center, a small eco-lodge, nature walks, and historical monuments. All buildings and operations are based on state-of-the-art eco-technology aiming at zero environmental impact rainwater catchment, photovoltaic energy, and solar water heating, composting toilets, vegetative greywater filtration, etc.).
The project objectives are non-commercial, while operations follow commercial principles. The overall aim is to create a model of financially and ecologically sustainable Park management, where ecotourism supports conservation, research, and comprehensive Environmental Education programs for local schools and other benefits for local people.
Accommodation at chumbe island
The island’s accommodation and guest lodge are constructed with state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly architecture and are designed to have a near-zero impact on the environment. The technology includes rainwater catchment, photovoltaic energy, solar water heating, composting toilets, and vegetative greywater filtration. Hence, during your stay, you can rest assured that you are keeping the island pristine.
Since there are only seven bungalows, the island never gets crowded, even when we are fully booked. Our bungalows are so brilliantly designed that they provide both privacy and a sense of freedom of living in the open. All bungalows overlook the sea and it takes just 30 seconds to stroll from the comforts of your bungalow hammock to feeling the warm tropical ocean lapping at your feet.
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Day trips to chumbe island.
Day trips are possible to the Chumbe Island Coral Park. However, as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) the number of guests on the island at any one time is carefully managed (maximum 14). As the facilities are primarily focused on the lodge guests, day trip bookings are only possible when there is availability at the lodge.
This means we cannot take advance bookings for day trips. If you would like to book a day trip it is best to contact us two days before the day you would like to visit, to check on availability.
- Boat transport to and from the island
- Boat, guide, and equipment for snorkeling
- Tuition in snorkeling, if required
- Snorkeling over one of East Africa’s most diverse coral reef
- Guided walk through the forest trails and inter-tidal area (if low tide)
- Access to climb to the top of a historic lighthouse
- Guided walk to view the endangered coconut crabs in the evening
- All entrance fees & taxes (18% VAT inclusive)
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