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#12 of 379 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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Free internet
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Beach
Snorkeling
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Gift shop
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Laundry service
Public wifi
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
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Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
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English, German, Swahili

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Samantha B wrote a review Jun 2022
9 contributions1 helpful vote
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What a perfect stay on Chumbe island during our time in Zanzibar!! It was the perfect bridge between the adventures of our safari and our relaxing hotel stay following. First of all, the island is beautiful and I highly recommend that if your time allows you have at least one night there to get the full experience - we wished we had more than one night!! It is the true meaning of eco tourism and although the accomodation is fairly basic it is very comfortable and has been done extremely well. J2 was our guide throughout, taking us on a snorkel when we first arrived, a forest walk in the afternoon including a trip up the lighthouse, a short crab walk in the evening and another snorkel trip at sunrise on the day we left!! He clearly has a great passion for conservation and for all of the animals that make up the island and surrounding reef knowing all of the names of the species and when best to see them. The food here is the best that we had in Tanzania/Zanzibar with traditional dishes throughout all meals. All meals and soft drinks are included in the trip and alcohol was extrememly reasonably priced. This is a place for those who are able to be a bit physically active and who aren't phased by the basis amenities including a solar heated shower that you need to hold to rinse and a compost toilet!! We are so glad we squeezed this in on our honeymoon, it was truely a little slice of paradise!!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Hugh & Bridget wrote a review Apr 2022
10 contributions2 helpful votes
A very special place for anyone who wants to get back to nature and wants to enjoy pristine Indian ocean reef and marine life. Totally eco-friendly, so some minor sacrifices to conventional comforts needed, but more than made up for by the charm and inventiveness of the accommodation and the enthusiasm of the rangers and staff. Excellent food. Seriously good snorkelling of course. We were glad we stayed three nights rather than the more usual one night visit.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Veronika wrote a review Mar 2022
Munich, Germany19 contributions1 helpful vote
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Spent 4 days here &even though it's not low priced we would spend it again without batting an eye. -Because it's worth every penny! Never had such a great time snorkeling &enjoying the nature reserve. The food is delicious &the staff amazing
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Take reef shoes with you and an underwater camera :)
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lacertienne wrote a review Mar 2022
Paris, France22 contributions12 helpful votes
I have spent a day on the island and I regret not to have booked the night over. It's an incredible place. The lodges are great, the team very welcoming. And the snokeling is excellent! (Nothing to compare to the crowdy Blue Lagoon or Mnemba)! I highly recommend to book this experience!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Cecile wrote a review Feb 2022
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania1 contribution
We recommand to pay a visit on Chumbe Island. We had a wonderful time with our two kids in Chumbe Island. We did Snorkeling and admired the most beautiful Corals in East Africa. I even saw a shark, friendly one :) The Island is well managed and we learned a lot about marine park, conservation and protection of endangered species. To spend one night on his Island was a dream, we felt as Robinson Crusoe ! Kids Enjoyed a lot and are ready to go back. Thanks so much to the team
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Patrick wrote a review Jan 2022
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The snorkeling was such a nice experience. The people on the island are so kind! Also the forest walk was so nice, the guide was very well known with the island and its history. He had a lot of interesting information about the species of plants and trees.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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nanoq1979 wrote a review Jan 2022
Silz18 contributions1 helpful vote
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An amazing peaceful place to stay. A great project to combine the protection of nature with tourism! We spent three nights in the bungalows on the island. Amazing and smart architecture built of material found in the nature. Mohammed and Copa are two fantastic guides who explained a lot of interesting stories about the plants in the forest, the history of the island. The coconut crab walk at night was a great experience too. We enjoyed snorkeling very much. The guides showed us many different fish and corals, during night snorkeling even lobsters, octobusses,... A unique experience! My mum (72 years) is a non swimmer and went snorkeling for her first time. Thanks to the life ring where she could hold on and the boat close to us she really enjoyed it. The captains (Faisal, Chidi,...) of the beautiful wooden boats took us everywhere safely. Food and service is great too!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Jenny S wrote a review Jan 2022
Devon33 contributions24 helpful votes
We stayed at Chumbe for one night, as we wanted to do some snorkelling away from hoardes of people that we experienced at mnembe. This island is beautiful, it has a limited number of day visitors, and only a few lodges at the back of the beach. We loved being immersed in nature, with the hermit crabs and birds as company. The snorkelling was amazing, we were so impressed with the coral and variety of fish, and you can swim out to the reef from the beach, which was so important for us. Watching the reef sharks from the cliff with a cold glass of wine was unforgettable. A huge thanks to Ben for his enthusiasm and love of the island, and to Chagga for his island walk. If you love the idea of sleeping up in the open bamboo roof with the warm sea breeze blowing over you, listening to the birds, and don’t mind using a basic compost toilet, then this is the perfect getaway. Loved the candlelit evening meal on the beach, the food is really very good. We will definately be going back for longer next time.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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OtisB_Advisen wrote a review Nov 2021
Berlin, Germany62 contributions5 helpful votes
Chumbe is a phenomenal example of how eco-tourism done well can preserve unique species and ecosystems and benefit local communities! This is one of the best places in the world to reconnect with nature!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Ruben O wrote a review Nov 2021
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The bungalows are beautifull and I love the way they are build with all natural materials like coconutrope! We were there on a sup tour and we did some snorkling on the reef they are protecting. One of the things I like is that you do not only pay for the best service and incredible food but also the protection of this area and they teach locals about the wildlife. In this way the area can be protected for the future as well.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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PRICE RANGE
$460 - $590 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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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).
What are some of the property amenities at Chumbe Island Coral Park?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, laundry service, and free internet access.
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), Mkunazini, Urban West, Zanzibar (8.1 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.