Chumbe Island is located near the eastern coast of Africa. It is a part of the Zanzibar archipelago but it lies a few kilometers apart from it. Chumbe is a privately owned island that has been turned into a famous eco-tourism destination. The Chumbe Island Coral Park is famous for the well-preserved coral reefs and amazing biodiversity. There are plenty of activities you can indulge in while on vacation in the Chumbe Island coral Park.
For a long time, the Chumbe Island was inside a military zone and the human activities in this island were limited. That’s why the coral reefs were undisturbed and pollution levels are still low. As a result, the marine life and ecology of this island have prospered. The great variety of flora and fauna in the Chumbe Island is drawing attention of the eco-tourists. In the following, some of the exciting adventures and activities that one can enjoy here have been described.
Enjoy the hospitality and guided tour
The entire land mass known as Chumbe Island Coral Park is a nature reserve. It will take you days to explore the amazing variety of flora and fauna in this island. The competent park rangers offer guided tours to the guests and they can tell you about the many species you see for the first time in this island. You can also take strolls safely without the park rangers because there are not many wild animals in Chumbe.
As you put your feet on the Chumbe grounds, you will be welcomed with the ‘Karibu Sana’ greetings in Swahili. The Coral Park authorities employ only the most capable Zanzibaris in their park. They make sure that there are more than 200% extra employees in this Coral Park at all times. The employees are learning to speak English to enhance their efficiency in serving visitors. They are affable and hospitable, which makes your stay and the guided tours more pleasurable and entertaining.
There is no limit to the exploring opportunities that you get on the Chumbe Island. You can reach this island by taking a boat from Mbweni Beach. The land is covered with 16 hectares of forest that has not been threatened by human activities. The coral reef around the island is also undamaged.
There are total 200 individual pieces of corals that have come together to construct the reef. To fully enjoy and explore the beauties of Chumbe, travelers are often advised to come with plenty of time in hands. The caretakers of nature in Chumbe do not allow more than 14 travelers in day trips to make sure that the eco-system stays undisturbed. Travelers have to book expeditions at least two days in advance.
Snorkel to your heart’s content:
Marine life lovers should not miss the opportunity of snorkeling in the sea around Chumbe Island and exploring the exquisite coral reefs. Near about 400 different species of fish, turtles and dolphins are found in the sea around Chumbe. Deep sea diving can also bring joy of seeing exotic, colorful fish. You may catch many glimpses of Dolphins while in the water. The competent Chumbe Island Coral Park employees will arrange boats and guides to take you a little bit away from the land so that you can indulge in scuba diving and snorkeling.
The warm water current flowing from the direction of equator makes sure that the water is comfortable for these underwater activities. The sea transforms into a garden underneath the surface and you can behold the beauty of a magic world unfold before your eyes. The sea animals that you must keep your eyes wide open for are the lobsters that tend to peep from the coral reefs, the batfishes who like to follow the snorkeling travelers around, the Hawksbill Turtles that are quite friendly, and the colorful and vibrant parrot fish are a delight to see.
Despite being a small island park, Chumbe offers amazing experiences to the travelers who visit it. The park is surrounded by virgin coral reefs that form the habitat of hundreds of different species. The region offers a great snorkeling experience.