Pemba Island

Second island of the archipelago of Zanzibar, Pemba differs from Unguja (known as Zanzibar) being hillier, less touristic, and having a more luxuriant vegetation. Arab sailors called it "Al Huthera", or "the Green Island".

Size and situation: Pemba, located about 50 km north of Unguja and approximately 50 km from the Tanzanian coast, has an area of just under 1 000 km2.

Landscapes: Hillier than Zanzibar, Pemba Island is also more fertile. Clove is still widely grown (more than 3 000 clove trees), but the natives also cultivate coconut, banana, cassava, red beans...

A large part of the coast has mangroves, but there are also lovely white sand beaches.

Wildlife: The island has few animals, but on another hand,the waters that surrounds it is full of marine life: tunas, barracudas, manta rays, giant grouper, dolphins, turtles, marlins, ...

Activities: Exciting and spectacular coral reefs as far as the eye can see makes this island a dream for divers. Pemba is known for its coral reefs but also for its cliffs that plummets to more than 800 meters. The visibility, in addition, is often excellent.

On the other hand, the isolated character of the island makes it the perfect place to rest away from the modern world.

Climate: From September to end of March are the best months for diving.

For those who do not dive, from June to October are the months that offer the best climate. January, February and March are hot and humid. Heavy rains fall from April to may.

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