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Our Chumbe Island Coral Park day trip is a tour of the private nature reserve called Chumbe Island Coral Park located about six miles by boat off the coast of Zanzibar. The Island can be reached in 45 minutes boat ride from Mbweni Beach.
The reserve includes a fully protected Coral Reef Sanctuary and Forest Reserve that harbor rare wildlife, a Visitor and Education centre, a small eco-lodge, nature walks, and historical monuments. Enjoy a guided snorkeling tour through the unique shallow water Coral Reef Sanctuary where the view opens up a world of breathtaking sights.
The snorkeling tour lasts for about one hour. The sanctuary is home to 200 species of hard corals that act like trees in a forest: they provide home, shelter, and food for an impressive number of over 440 identified fish species. Some of these include Batfish, Lobsters, Bluespotted stingrays, Oscar, parrotfish, and Hawksbill turtles.
You will also have an opportunity for a one-hour guided forest walk where you will learn more about the geology of the island, plant adaptations to survive without groundwater, medicinal uses of local trees and shrubs, and hidden fauna that is difficult to spot.
The number of guests that visit Chumbe Island Coral Park is limited to only 14 guests at any one time and is controlled by the Island management as the Island is a Marine Protected Area (MPA).
As the facilities are primarily focused on eco-lodge guests, The tour can only confirm day trip bookings when there is availability in the lodge. This means we can only book day trips 4 days before the day you would like to visit. 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 getting 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 Include:
Boat transport to and from the island from partner hotel Jungle Paradise (former Mbweni Ruins Hotel) (meet @ 9:30 am sharp for registration) + Lunch, freshly cooked on the island + Sodas, water and snacks + Boat, guide and equipment for snorkeling + Tuition in snorkeling, if required + Snorkeling over one of East Africa’s most diverse coral reef _ Guided walk through the forest trails and inter-tidal area (if low tide) + Access to climb to the top of a historic lighthouse + Tour of an eco-bungalow + Return boat leaves Chumbe Island at 4:30pm arriving at Jungle Paradise Hotel at approximately 5:00pm dependent on sea conditions & All taxes (15% VAT inclusive)
|Dates From||Dates to||Adult Rates||
1st Jan 2023
|31st Mar 2023||Request for Rates||Request for Rates|
01st Apr 2023
|3rd Jun 2023||Closed||Closed|
* Children under 2 years free of charge
* Children under 12 years pay half the price
* 01st April – 03rd June: The Island is closed
* Credit card (Visa and MasterCard, plus a 5% transaction fee)
* You can also book overnight trips to Chumbe Island. Kindly inquire from us!
* Return boat leaves Chumbe Island at 4:30 pm arriving at Chukwani at approximately 5:00 pm dependent on sea conditions
* 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:
* 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)