Pemba Island

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To the north of Zanzibar lies Pemba Island, a small hilly and verdant island, smaller than Zanzibar Island but more densely vegetated and fertile – the early Arab sailors called it ‘El Huthera’, meaning, ‘The Green’. Today, more cloves are grown here than on Zanzibar Island and as you drive across the island large piles lay drying in the sun, their aroma scenting the warm air. Mangos in piles over 6 feet high wait by the roadsides to be trucked to the port at Mkoani and then shipped over to the mainland. Emerald fields are dotted with women in bright kangas attending to crops, whilst wooden dhows glide silently across the turquoise sea. Pemba is a peaceful and relaxing island, but is full of interesting places to visit and quiet coves and lagoons to explore.

You really come to Pemba relax or to dive. The Pemba Channel with its rich coral reefs offers some of the best diving in East Africa.

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Pemba Island

Selous & Pemba (Silver)

The Selous & Pemba itinerary combines four nights on safari with six nights on the beach in two locations that are off the beaten track from most visitors to Tanzania. Excellent game viewing is assured whilst the diving in the Pemba Channel is some of the best in this part of East Africa. The itinerary […]

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