Zanzibar Chumbe Island Coral Park Day Trip

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Zanzibar Chumbe Island Coral Park Day Trip is a tour to Chumbe Island – a tiny coral island about six miles by boat from Zanzibar Town.

The Island can be reached in 45 minutes boat ride from Mbweni Beach.

It covers 16 hectors of undisturbed forest and surrounded by a virgin coral reef, the sanctuary has more than 200 a pieces of pristine stone corals, about 400 species of fish and turtles & dolphins regularly passing by.

Chumbe Island Coral Park is a private nature reserve created to protect the coral reef sanctuary and forest reserve that harbors extremely rare and endangered animals.

There are no people living in this tiny island but there is a visitor Education centre, a small eco-lodge, nature trails and historical ruins.

Zanzibar Chumbe Island Coral Park activities are all guided by resident guides and most focus on the island’s ecology.

Escorted forest walks look at the island’s geology, flora and fauna – including endangered giant coconut crabs.

On Chumbe’s beaches, walks explore the rich inter-tidal zone, and then further into the sea, guides who know the reefs around the island lead snorkeling trips (scuba-diving is prohibited).

The reefs around Chumbe are one of the most impressive coral gardens off the coast of Africa; they contain over 400 species of fish and 200 species of hard coral. Day trips are possible to the Chumbe Island Coral Park.

However, as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) the Island carefully manages the numbers of guests on the island at any one time (maximum 14).

As the facilities are primarily focused towards eco-lodge guests, The tour can only confirm day trip bookings when there is availability in the lodge. This means that there are no advance bookings for day trips.

If you would like to book a day trip it is best to contact us 2 days before the day you would like to visit to check on availability.

Zanzibar Chumbe Island Coral Park Day Trip Itinerary

0900 Hours: Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Mbweni Beach off the west coast of Zanzibar town to the pristine Chumbe Island.

The boat ride takes 45 minutes. Upon arrival, you will get refreshments, and a brief orientation before the commencement of the activities

1100 Hours: Gear up for snorkel along the east coast of the island, home to one of the world’s most beautiful coral gardens.

The shallow reef offers an assortment of eye candy with over 200 species of coral and 400 species of fish.

1230 Hours: Next you take a break to shower and freshen up in your eco-friendly day bungalow before heading to lunch.

1300 Hours: Enjoy a buffet lunch with an assortment of dishes. Each couple is gets their own secluded table overlooking the turquoise ocean.

1500 Hours: After lunch and a swim in the ocean you proceed for the Forest Walk. A knowledgeable ranger guides you through the inter-tidal pools and forest reserve that houses many unique plant species.

The walk concludes with a climb up to the top of the old lighthouse for an incredible panoramic view of the island.

1615 Hours: You head back to the boat and bid farewell to a true gem – definitely one of the most beautiful natural locations to visit

For any outdoor enthusiast, it would be a shame not to put this day trip at the top of your to-do list. There are limited spaces though so be sure to book in advance.

Zanzibar Chumbe Island Coral Park Day Trip Prices

Zanzibar Chumbe Island Coral Park Day Trip Rates Includes:

All taxes + Sodas, water and snacks + All taxes (18% VAT inclusive) + Tuition in snorkeling, if required + Lunch freshly cooked on the island + Boat transport to and from the island + Boat, guide and equipment for snorkeling + Access to climb to the top of a historic lighthouse & Guided walk through the forest trails and inter-tidal area (if low tide)

Dates From Dates To Price Per Person Children Aged 3 to 12 Years  
 1st January 2021 31st December 2021 Request for rates Request for rates

Children under 12 years pay half price
* Children under 2 years free of charge
01st April – 03rd June: The Island is closed
* If you would like to book a day trip it is best to contact us two days before the day you would like to visit Chumbe Island Coral Park

Zanzibar Chumbe Island Coral Park Day Trip Rates Do Not Include:

* Drinks
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Minimum of 1 person required
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
Alcoholic drinks are available for purchase on the island
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

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