Chumbe Island Coral Park is located 8km southwest of Stone Town, a privately-managed and protected marine area and nature reserve. It was developed in 1991 for the conservation and sustainable management of uninhabited Chumbe Island, one of the few remaining pristine coral islands in the region.
The reserve includes a fully-protected Coral Reef Sanctuary and Forest Reserve that harbour rare wildlife, a Visitor and Education centre, a small eco-lodge, nature walks and historical monuments. All buildings and operations are based on state-of-the-art eco-technology aiming at zero environmental impact rainwater catchment, photovoltaic energy and solar water heating, composting toilets, vegetative greywater filtration etc.).
The project objectives are non-commercial, while operations follow commercial principles. The overall aim is to create a model of financially and ecologically sustainable park management, where ecotourism supports conservation, research and comprehensive Environmental Education programs for local schools and other benefits for local people.
Day trips are possible to the Chumbe Island Coral Park. However, as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) the numbers of guests on the island at any one time is carefully managed (maximum 14). As the facilities are primarily focused towards the lodge guests, day trip bookings are only possible when there is availability at the lodge. This means we cannot take advance bookings for day trips. 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, to check on availability.
Price per person is US 90$ for day trip, however overnight stays can also be arranged.
- Children under 2 years are allowed to join free of charge
- Children under 12 years are allowed to join the day trip for half price (45$)
The Rate includes the following:
- Boat transport to and from the island
- Freshly-cooked lunch on the island
- Sodas, water and snacks
- Boat, guide and equipment for snorkeling
- Tuition in snorkeling
- Guided walk through the forest trails and intertidal area (if low tide)
- All taxes
Note that: The prices above do not include the transfer from your hotel to Mbweni Beach, the boarding point for the boat to Chumbe Island. Please request a quote from us.