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 …
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.
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
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!
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.