Hotels Zanzibar

Other Islands

Whilst most visitors to the Zanzibar archipelago visit Unguja, commonly known as Zanzibar Island, fewer take advantage of the fact that this is an archipelago, with several other islands and numerous islets.

Prison Island
Also known as Changuu, Prison Island was originally used as a detention centre for disobedient slaves. Later, in 1893, a prison was built here but instead it was used as a quarantine station for the whole of East Africa. There is a large population of giant tortoises, a gift from the Seychelles in the 18th century. The island has a restaurant and small beach for snorkelling and is popular with daytrippers from Stone Town.

Bawe Island
Also close to Stone Town, Bawe offers good snorkelling and a nice beach, although it is visited less by tourists. In the 1870’s telegraphic cables connecting Zanzibar with the Seychelles, South Africa and Aden joined here before linking to Stone Town.

Chapwani Island
Near to Changuu and Bawe, Chapwani is also known as Grave Island because a small part of it has been used as a cemetry since 1879, mainly for British sailors. There is a small beach lodge here and it is not normally visited by daytrippers.

Chumbe Island
The reefs around Chumbe were gazetted as a Marine National Park in 1994 and the island itself is a Forest Reserve. There is truly excellent snorkelling and a small eco-lodge, which also caters for day visitors, including school children. The island is home to the rare giant coconut crab, able to climb palm trees and eat young coconuts. Chumbe has a lighthouse, built in 1904.

Mnemba Island
Mnemba is about 3km off Zanzibar’s north-east coast. Encircled by a large coral reef, this small island is sometimes known as Mnemba Atoll. The island is home to a luxury lodge and is only available to guests. The reef surrounding Mnemba is excellent and deservedly popular with divers and snorkellers.

Misali Island
Lying west of Pemba’s Chake Chake town, this small island has some wonderful beaches with great diving and snorkelling just offshore. It is covered with verdant forest, which has several beautiful walking trails. There is also a visitor centre. Misali Island and it’s surrounding reef are now known as the Misali Island Marine Conservation Area. A token entry fee contributes to the management of the island as well as community development.

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Chumbe Island Coral Park

Chumbe Island Coral Park is an award-winning private nature reserve that was developed from 1991 for the conservation and sustainable
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Fundu Lagoon

Fundu Lagoon is a remote and idyllic lodge hidden among the foliage at the edge of a lovely, long stretch
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Kinasi Lodge

Kinasi lodge is an established lodge with a friendly, informal atmosphere, and the only swimming pool on Mafia. Built on
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Manta Resort

Manta Resort lies on the remote northwestern tip of Pemba Island, on a fabulous white beach overlooking the crystal clear
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Mnemba Island Lodge

Along meandering pathways and stretches of fine beach sand granules, Mnemba is a barefoot paradise on a private island, where
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Pole Pole Resort

Pole Pole - ‘take it easy’ in Swahli – has a peaceful and private atmosphere, It is perfect both for