In ancient times Pemba was known by Arab sailors as El Huthera, meaning ‘the Green’, on account of its dense and lush vegetation. Lying 30 minutes north of Zanzibar by light aircraft, the island is remote and still relatively unknown. In contrast to Zanzibar, which has become increasingly popular in recent years, Pemba still receives very few foreign holiday.
The Island is a mixture of natural forests, mangrove swamps and clove plantations, which Pemba exports in even greater quantities than Zanzibar. The traditional villages on Pemba are primarily in the interior and have had little impact on the coast. Consequently the coral reefs around island are largely in pristine condition. It is these two factors the unspoilt nature of the island and its colourful marine life, that are the main attractions of Pemba.
Where to stay in Pemba Island;
Fundu Lagoon is situated on a remote and beautiful beach on the south western side of Pemba. Accessible only by boat, the lodge has designer tents set under makuti (thatch) roofs with private views over the sea. Barefoot luxury at its very best, Fundu has a laid back sophistication which is perfect for a relaxing holiday, or a sun drenched honeymoo.. read more
Manta Resort is focused around a large open planned relaxing area that overlooks the beach and seashore. The brand new cottages are nicely set in the gardens with wooden floors, mosquito net covered king size beds, lamu floored en-