CHUMBE ISLAND CORAL PARK
Location: Chumbe Island Coral Park is a short boat ride away from Stone Town, the heart of Zanzibar.
It’s a 10-min taxi ride to the Mbweni Ruins hotel, south of Stone Town (pre-bookable through Chumbe in advance). From here the boat leaves at 10am to shuttle you across to Chumbe in 30-40 minutes. The return boat usually leaves in the early morning.
Accomodation: There are only 7 Bandas nestling around the main building. Three look straight out onto the coast, and 4 are set slightly back in the dense palm and casuarina woods, which provide ample screening all round. All of them have the distinctive parabolic wood-and-thatch rooves, with an open sitting area and bathroom downstairs, and a sleeping platform upstairs. In the sitting area, raised a few steps above the sandy paths, you’ll find a small driftwood-table, a seriously comfortable hammock and sofa (made from casuarina and local rope), a stool and a desk.
- mosquito net
- solar torch