Chumbe Island Day Trip
Chumbe Island Coral Park is an award-winning private nature reserve that was developed from 1991 for the conservation and sustainable management of uninhabited Chumbe Island off Zanzibar, one of the last pristine coral islands in the region. The park includes a fully protected coral reef sanctuary and forest reserve that harbour extremely rare and endangered animals, a Visitor and Education centre, a small eco-lodge, nature trails and historical ruins. All buildings and operations are based on state-of-the-art eco-technology aiming at zero impact on the environment (rainwater catchment, photovoltaic energy and solar water heating, composting toilets, vegetative greywater filtration etc.). The Island can be reached in 45 minutes boat ride from Mbweni Beach, It covers 16 hectors of undisturbed forest and surrounded by a virgin coral reef, the sanctuary has more than 200 a pieces of pristine stone corals, about 400 species of fish and turtles & dolphins regularly passing by.
Upon arrival on the island you will be shown to your private day room which is already worth the journey. In this brilliantly designed eco-bungalow you can find a fully equipped bathroom, living room and a bedroom upstairs with sea view – exceptionally romantic!
Snorkeling gear and wetsuits can be borrowed before your experienced marine life guide takes you on an interesting snorkeling tour.
After your return, there is time for a shower before a delicious buffet with dessert is served. The rest of the day you can relax in your private bungalow, at the beach or you can go on a guided nature trail walk. Not surprisingly, the forest is refuge for an abundance of bird species, crustaceans, non-poisonous snakes and lizards.
BE WELL PREPARED:
* Considered an overnight stay if your budget allows.
* You will have to arrive at Protea Mbweni Ruins hotel at 09.30 am to fill in the registration form and join a useful briefing prior boat depature. The boat to Chumbe Island Coral Park departs from Protea Mbweni Ruins hotel at 10.00 am. The boat will arrive back at the beach of Protea Mbweni Ruins hotel at 17.30 (05.30 pm).
* As a Marine Protected Area, the number of guests on the island is limited to 14 persons. Day trip bookings can only be made 2 days beforehand, if there is availability in the lodge. This means that we can only make secured advance bookings for overnight stays. If you decide to book the day trip with us, we will get back to 2 days prior departure if we didn't get a confirmation of the same.