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Chumbe Island Coral Park

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#16 of 277 hotels in Zanzibar Island
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Award-winning private island, fully managed nature reserve and marine park. Guests receive all-inclusive accommodation (excluding alcohol), guided tours through a protected coral reef, forest and mangrove nature walks, historic lighthouse and visitors' centre. Overnight guests stay in zero-footprint eco-bungalows with photovoltaic energy, rainwater harvesting, solar water heating, composting toilets. All visitors are treated to a delectable mix of Zanzibarian, Arabic, Indian and African cuisine featuring fresh, local seafood, meat, vegetables, and fruits. Guest visits support free environmental education programs for local schools. Winner of the 2019 "Best of Africa" for Sustainable Destinations from ITB Berlin. In 2011, Chumbe Island became the first Global Ecosphere Retreat (GER) certified Long Run Destination. Chumbe strives for the highest standards in sustainability through the balance of conservation and commerce, whilst fostering community development and cultural stewardship.
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English, German, Swahili
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Anna C wrote a review Jan. 2021
Tbilisi, Georgia1,128 contributions470 helpful votes
This is an amazing eco-stay place supporting such a wonderful cause. We spent two unforgettable days here enjoying one of the best reefs we’ve ever seen. The food was excellent and sumptuous. The staff were extremely warm, courteous and knowledgeable. In two days we had so many memorable activities snorkelling, inter-tidal walk, island walk, crab walk. We recommend all of them fully. The staff organised dinner for us on the beach under the stars, it was truly special and will stay in our hearts forever. We want to mention Chagga for his outstanding knowledge of the reef and marine life, also Hamzar for his wonderful client orientation and cheerfulness. If your budget allows come and support this unique marine park and the efforts of people working here. It’s a truly special place on earth. P.S the sunsets are amazing
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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stefandreas wrote a review Dec. 2020
Frankfurt, Germany149 contributions86 helpful votes
Hi, I don‘t‘ give this place 5 stars because of fancy food ( it was pretty average and repetitive) or because I slept so well ( it was unbearable hot and sticky). But this all does not count much as this the wildest place you can find in and around Zanzibar. Raw nature at its best. Unbelievable crabs everywhere, for 2 to 60 centimeters big, about the best coral you can find anywhere, birds, dolphins and sharks along the shore. Perfect swimming at high tide and such a profusion of life at low tide. First time I visited I did a day trip. Now I stayed one night. Next time it will be 2 or more. This place is beautiful at a point you will never forget. Cant wait to return. Dont expect much in terms of food and lodging and dont think about the rates charged. Its worth it.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
SG_Sev wrote a review Dec. 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates38 contributions5 helpful votes
One of the best natural reserve i have ever experienced. The biodiversity of the marine life is exceptional: many species, see my list :) It has been well conserved, since it used to be a military base. Price might seem a lot, but for the level of commitment of both owner and staff, to keep the island like a little paradise - it completely worths it. Thank you so much, Masoud, Amori, Chef, Sharifa and full team of experts (very knowledgeable each on their field), for this memorable vacation. See you soon! Sev
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
Daniel wrote a review Nov. 2020
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We had a 4 nights stay - and 2 of them we were totally alone - but even when it's full - with just 7 luxury bandas - it will never get croweded here. Masoud and his team really spoilt us. The food from the great chef John was just amazing. Every evening we had another great spot were we could enjoy our dinner! I would recommend to stay even a whole week here - even though the island is small - there is soooo much to experience ... first of all of course the snorkling ... if your gone once you want to go every day ... or better even twice a day. Also the forest walk was just great ... and these coconut crabs ... so huge!!! And we even saw a fish eagle on our walk around the island. Definately a place where we'd like to come back!
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Room Tip: Nr. 1 (Samaki) closer to restaurant Nr. 7 - at the other edge - more remoted Nr. 2 + 3 close to...
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Stewart Clarke wrote a review Nov. 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates143 contributions84 helpful votes
So I was last in Zanzibar 9 years ago and during that trip I popped to this little island for a day trip and was blown away then. I’m pleased to say the place hasn’t changed, it’s still stunning and retains its rustic charm. The reef is still healthy, the turtles are still present and the coconut crabs are still increasing in number. The staff are passionate about what they do, this is evident from the daily sacrifices being made due to the current pandemic. It was great meeting a fellow GVI alumni from the Seychelles, Ben is a talented marine biologist who lives and breathes the concept that Chumbe Island is promoting. By visiting you will not only be helping to contribute to the preservation of this wonderful place, but you will also get to experience its magic and beauty.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chumbe Island Coral Park
Which popular attractions are close to Chumbe Island Coral Park?
Nearby attractions include Chumbe Island Coral Park (0.08 km) and La Pieta Du Marronnage (7.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Chumbe Island Coral Park?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, room service, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Chumbe Island Coral Park?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Chumbe Island Coral Park?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Swahili.
Are there any historical sites close to Chumbe Island Coral Park?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Christ Church Cathedral (13.1 km) and House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) (13.3 km).
Does Chumbe Island Coral Park have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.