Chumbe Island Coral Park, Ltd. (CHICOP) is a pioneering model for utilising sustainable eco-tourism principles to fully finance the management and conservation efforts of a unique island ecosystem. CHICOP operates as a private non-profit company and was established in 1991 for the management and conservation of Chumbe Island’s ecosystem. Chumbe is a small, uninhabited coral island of 22 ha, located 8 miles southwest of Zanzibar town, Tanzania.
The Chumbe eco-lodge uses state-of-the-art eco-technology such as 100% solar power, rain water harvesting, natural grey water filtration systems and compost toilets. As such, all developments utilise renewable low-impact water and energy management combined with traditional building material and design.
Chumbe Island’s environment consists of diverse and interconnected habitats including seagrass meadows, beaches and mangroves. The coral reef is the most diverse reef in the region with around 200 species of coral and 400 species of fish. The reef has shown higher resilience than other nearby reefs and local fishers report higher catch close to the reef sanctuary.
The Forest Reserve, with its “coral rag forest”, is home to several endangered species such as the coconut crab (Birgus latro) and Ader’s duiker (Cephalophus adersi). An adaptive Management Plan has been implemented since 1996. The Management Plan encourages transparent management and wide stakeholder participation, achieved by regular Advisory Committee meetings as well as annual village meetings.
Dhows coming back home, Nungwi Village, Tanzania. Photo: flickr member id_germain
Pemba Island has been separated from the mainland and Zanzibar for decades, leaving an untouched and pristine island of great beauty and fertility. The mosaic of forests, swamps, mangroves, hidden beaches and lagoons is scattered with the ruins of mosques and tombs mostly reclaimed by the forest – sites that date back to Arab domination when Pemba Isalnd was seized by the Sultan of Muscat (Oman) in the 17th century. He loved the Spice Islands and established his court in Zanzibar and ruled Muscat from there.
By Dian Hasan | October 7, 2009
Elevated and crafted along an idyllic island beach, The Manta Resort & Spa offers privacy, romance, adventure, and water sports on East Africa’s finest island sanctuary. And experience some of the world’s best diving sites, untouched coral reef surrounding the entire island. Crystal clear water and powdery sand beaches.
The smell of cloves in the air add to the allure of Pemba Island, still the world’s leading producer of cloves. The Manta Resort & Spa places you in the pulse of this idyllic paradise island. As an all-inclusive resort, it leaves you worry-free and ready to enjoy the island. Continue reading
By Dian Hasan | October, 2009
Fundu Lagoon is located north of Zanzibar, just right on Pemba Island. This a secluded tropical paradise is an ideal place to disconnect from every day stress and routines and to start practice outdoor activities, such as boating and snorkeling, swimming and diving.
A stay at Fundu Lagoon gives you access to spectacular virgin beaches and the turquoise waters of the West Indian Ocean. Continue reading
By Dian Hasan | September 30, 2009
Some places – just by their mere names – exude exotica. A combination of real and imaginary place that captures the imagination of history, trade, far away corners of the world, traders from across the world, unique food and cultures, strange tongues, garments, traditions…. You’ll find all these in Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean, where you’ll still be able to re-live her busy days as a hub for spice trading.
Zanzibar’s fame as the spice island, saw it exporting cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom across the world. The spices were brought over from Asia and South America and flourished in the tropical climes.