Pemba Island is the perfect place for those seeking sanctuary and seclusion in a beautiful setting. Just a 30-minute flight from Zanzibar Island, Pemba is smaller, much less developed and unlike the flat interior of Zanzibar, has a landscape of lush green hills, planted with fruit and spice trees. This lush vegetation led Arab sailors to name the island, 'El Huthera', meaning The Green.
Pemba’s beautiful and rugged coastline is made up of an assortment of small bays and coves, while further inland, you’ll find a fertile mix of thick forests and mangrove swamps. Once responsible for the world’s largest harvest of cloves, the spice industry remains an important source of income for Pemba and clove plantations still cover the hillsides. Largely untouched by tourism, Pemba offers an unspoiled beach escape and is much quieter than Zanzibar.
Historically, villages on Pemba were built towards the island’s interior and the fishing industry here is not as large as in neighbouring Zanzibar. This has meant there has been little to disturb the coral reef and marine life around the island. As a result, Pemba is one of the top diving destinations in East Africa. With healthy reefs and a wide variety of fish, the island is a great choice for both divers and snorkellers and we can arrange for you to spend the day exploring its waters. The tiny sand atoll of Misali is found within the Pemba channel and is a popular place to dive, with 40 types of coral and around 300 species of fish. But if game fishing is more your style, we’d suggest you take a boat trip from Fundu Lagoon, where you could catch marlin, yellow fin tuna, barracuda, king mackerel and dorado, depending on the time of year.