ABOUT PEMBA ISLAND

Pemba Island is one of Tanzania's best kept secrets. Pemba's main attractions include pristine white sand beaches, lush tropical forests, historical tours, and spice plantation visits. Pemba is also home to the juju traditions of medicine and magic; the curious can arrange a visit to the island caves where the juju doctors practiced. Pemba is the northernmost island in the Pemba archipelago. Although Pemba has several world-class attractions, the number of tourists rarely exceeds thirty on any given day, even during high season. The population of Pemba is around 300,000. The flight over the Pemba archipelago is one of the most beautiful sites in Tanzania. The dozens of tiny islands are lush green paradises surrounded by a kaleidoscope of blues, greens and purples. The reefs surrounding the islands are visible from the plane as are the idyllic beaches.

Chake Chake

Is Pemba's largest town and administrative center, the town sits on a ridge, and there are several views of the island and surrounding ocean from Chake Chake. The night street market offers excellent barbecued seafood bites. Chake Chake is convenient for planning day trips to areas around the island. Because there are few beach hotels in Pemba, many visitors choose to overnight in Chake Chake and visit the beaches during the day.

Approximate Travel Times to Pemba (by air):

Approximate Travel Time to Pemba (by boat)

  • * From Zanzibar: 30 minutes
  • * From Tanga: 25 minutes
  • * From Arusha: 1.5 hours
  • * From Zanzibar: 3 hours
  • * From Tanga by slow ship: 4 hours
  • * From Dar es Salaam: 5.5 hours


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