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.