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Chumbe Island Coral Park

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#18 of 256 hotels in Zanzibar Island
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Award-winning private island, fully managed nature reserve and marine park. Guests receive all-inclusive accommodation (excluding alcohol), guided tours through a protected coral reef, forest and mangrove nature walks, historic lighthouse and visitors' centre. Overnight guests stay in zero-footprint eco-bungalows with photovoltaic energy, rainwater harvesting, solar water heating, composting toilets. All visitors are treated to a delectable mix of Zanzibarian, Arabic, Indian and African cuisine featuring fresh, local seafood, meat, vegetables, and fruits. Guest visits support free environmental education programs for local schools. Winner of the 2019 "Best of Africa" for Sustainable Destinations from ITB Berlin. In 2011, Chumbe Island became the first Global Ecosphere Retreat (GER) certified Long Run Destination. Chumbe strives for the highest standards in sustainability through the balance of conservation and commerce, whilst fostering community development and cultural stewardship.
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Rae002 wrote a review Feb 2020
Geneva, Switzerland46 contributions20 helpful votes
It doesn’t take long to fall under Chumbe’s spell - if you’re looking for a place to escape from the stresses of modern life and to get in touch both with yourself and with Mother Nature this is definitely for you. The seven eco-friendly bandas are the perfect blend of comfort, eco-functionality and castaway chic - wonderfully simple as anything more fancy would frankly seem out of place. Once you meet the Chumbe team everything is taken care of - nothing is too much trouble whether it be delicious food, guided walks, snorkeling with reef sharks and turtles or a myriad of other creatures or guided walks through the fascinating coral forest. Chumbe is all about learning - the rangers are incredibly knowledgeable but all the staff have fascinating stories to share as they care so much about Chumbe’s ethos and history. It’s an absolute delight to become part of the Chumbe community - if you really want to enjoy it we would recommend staying as long as you can. We stayed four nights but didn’t want to leave - we could have stayed a lot longer. It’s worth climbing the lighthouse at dawn and at dusk - the views are incredible. Of course one of the most fun things on the island is going out to search for the massive coconut crabs that roam the island at night - you don’t have to search very far - they’re everywhere! That in itself makes it a holiday you’ll never forget. Thanks to all the Chumbe team for making our time there so special - Chumbe really is what you make of it. For us it was a holiday of a lifetime. (Although I really hope that we will come back!)
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dan C wrote a review Feb 2020
Jensen Beach, Florida4 contributions1 helpful vote
We enjoyed our two-night stay in at Chumbe Island. Our experiences comport with the reviews of many others who note the pleasure of snorkeling, the interesting guided walk, the joy of a relatively deserted beach, excellent and helpful staff, fine cuisine, and fascinating bungalows that is designed with sustainability in mind. I would only add that we were glad to support this kind of eco-lodging in a marine nature reserve especially because of its educational mission, which is available to children in Zanzibar as well as students, young and old, from elsewhere. When we were at Chumbe, the staff hosted four American graduate students. We hope to be able to return in the future.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from ChumbeIslandZanzibar, Manager at Chumbe Island Coral Park
Responded Feb 18, 2020
Thank you for your kind words and insightful comments for future guests! We are really happy to hear that you not only enjoyed your stay, but you also support our efforts towards education, conservation and ecotourism. This makes us very proud and we would be more than happy to welcome you back to Chumbe in the future! Kind regards, Ben
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dan wrote a review Jan 2020
Ban Sala Dan, Thailand24 contributions15 helpful votes
Chumbe Island is a special kind of paradise. The protected area around the island is teeming with life in and out of the water and the wildlife along the island's coast and within the forest is just stunning. Even on the boat ride in we saw schools of fish leaping out of the water a few times near the island (and a sea eagle trying to make a meal of them for herself, flying right beside the boat). Just walking around the island we must have seen thousands of crabs (and insanely large coconut crabs on the main island at night), a couple of dozen starfish, some eels (eww, still cool though!), so many schools of fish and much more when snorkelling later in the day. It was a bit of unexpected bonus that the food was consistently 10/10 - the best we’ve had anywhere in Stone Town (an especially delish little buffet with great vegetarian options). Oh, and during lunch we were all so delighted to spot 2 pods of dolphins out at sea and such beautiful birdlife - what a treat. The secluded mini bay near to the eco-friendly main building is perfect for a swim and you can climb the lighthouse to witness the dense forest of the island and enjoy the surrounding views and unimaginably blue seas. The hour-long snorkelling was a fantastic way to round off the afternoon and the staff were amaaaazing throughout the trip. We only stayed one night but can definitely imagine getting so much more out of the island if we stayed longer. Thanks to Vera and the whole team for putting together such a great time! Can't wait to go back again someday!!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Andreas U wrote a review Jan 2020
Stockholm, Sweden3 contributions3 helpful votes
Wow! Don't miss out on a few nights at this glorious place which was the best iceing on our (honeymoon) cake! There are only 7 thatched bungalows, i.e. only ca 14 guests, staying on the island plus the very friendly and attentive staff. The coral offers the best snorkling we have experienced on Zanzibar and our guide Chagga spotted lobsters, stingrays, giant groupas, reef sharks, turtles and a large school/pod of dolphins. There is a hidden magical beach that is only exposed and possible to reach at low tide and the lighthouse is a must at sunset! We will definitely go back to this eco-lodging in this marine nature reserve as soon as possible in the future! Ps: Would have posted pictures too but TripAdvisor doesn't allow pictures larger than 5GB/doesn't offer to shrink photos when uploading so a review of their app would not achieve the same rating :)
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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BPReed wrote a review Dec 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia17 contributions3 helpful votes
I went to Chumbe Island for an overnight stay and am so glad I did! The bungalow was so nice and the staff was so friendly and accommodating. The scenery is outstanding as well as the food. Very quiet and this visit was a perfect place to slow down and enjoy the solitude this island offers. Highly recommend this!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from ChumbeIslandZanzibar, Manager at Chumbe Island Coral Park
Responded Dec 29, 2019
We are very happy to hear you had a great time on Chumbe Island and thank you for your kind feedback the team will be very happy... We hope you will visit us again in the future where you will be warmly welcomed again to our island!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chumbe Island Coral Park
Which popular attractions are close to Chumbe Island Coral Park?
Nearby attractions include Chumbe Island Coral Park (0.05 miles) and La Pieta Du Marronnage (4.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Chumbe Island Coral Park?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, room service, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Chumbe Island Coral Park?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Chumbe Island Coral Park?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Swahili.
Are there any historical sites close to Chumbe Island Coral Park?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Christ Church Cathedral (8.2 miles) and House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) (8.3 miles).
Does Chumbe Island Coral Park have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.