Zanzibar

zanzibarThe Zanzibar archipelago lies off the Indian Ocean coast and consist of numerous small islands, and 2 larger ones; Unguja & Pemba. Zanzibar is renowned for its beautiful palm fringed beaches and warm azure waters making it an idyllic destination for holidaymakers. The old quarter, Stone Town is a world famous heritage site with narrow winding lanes, intricately carved wooden doors, beautiful mosques and architecture derived from the influence of the Arabs, Persians, Portuguese and local African tribes. Zanzibar is commonly referred to as the "Spice Islands" because of its abundance of various spices including nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and pepper.

Pemba

pembaApproximately 80 kms Northeast of Unguja,the island of Pemba forms part of the Zanzibar archipelago and, true to form, consists of pristine sparkling beaches, boasting some of the worlds best diving and fishing. Pemba's terrain is hilly and fertile, comprising of over 3 Million clove trees. The early Arab sailors called it "AL Huthera" meaning The Green Island". In addition to its rich history and culture, Pemba consists of mangrove forests and beautiful coral reefs protecting the diverse marine life. This Indian Ocean jewel is definitely one worth exploring.

Misali

misaliThis small island lies to the west of Chake Chake Town and is surrounded by a coral reef. The notorious pirate Captain Kidd is supposed to have had one of his hideouts here in the 17th century. Some believe he actually buried treasure here too. It has some pristine beaches and excellent swimming and snorkelling and diving as, unlike most places in Pemba, the tides make no difference to these activities.
Misali is mostly covered by forest, notably large baobabs making it the perfect destination for nature lovers as there are a number of bird species to be spotted including mangrove kingfisher, paradise flycatcher and red-eyed dove. An increasing number of green turtles are also successfully nesting on beaches on the western side of the island.
Misali Island can be reached by hired boat from either Chake Chake or Mkoani.