Chumbe Island My vacation to this magical place

Chumbe Island Coral Park was opened in 1998 as the first private company to protect a marine area. It was also the first marine park in Tanzania.

The island is only 1.3km long, and 300m at its widest point.

The surrounding waters contain an amazing Coral Reef Sanctuary, full of beautiful and rare wildlife.

The huge "Coconut Crab" shares the island with other inhabitants

It makes its home in the trees, only venturing down under cover of night.

The visitors center and dining hall is full of beautiful craftsmanship.

You may be lucky enough to be entertained by a local theatre group from a neighboring island.

Guests stay in one of seven private bungalows on the island

Each is designed to have near zero impact on the environment. Including rainwater catchment, photovoltaic energy, solar water heating, composting toilets and vegetative greywater filtration.

Guest "bed"

The World's First Private Marine Park

Chumbe Island is a 55-acre coral island eight miles off of Zanzibar. The island's Reef Sanctuary is a no-take area that extends 1,000 feet from the high-water mark along the western stretch of fringing coral reef.

Chumbe Island Coral Park (CHICOP) was opened in 1998 as the first private company to protect a marine area. It was also the first marine park in Tanzania.

Why here on Chumbe? - For many years, Chumbe was controlled by the Zanzibari military. This means that for a long time, fisherman have not had access to Chumbe's waters, and no tourism development had been allowed. As a result, Chumbe's coral has escaped a lot of the destruction experienced by reef in the area. Also, the forest is a pristine example of Coral Rag forest, which is a rare and special habitat.

How was CHICOP created? - Sybile Riedmiller first discovered Chumbe's potential in 1992. She knew that it was vital that reef in such excellent condition should be offered permanent protection. After two years of difficult campaigning, the area of reef on Chumbe's west side was finally gazetted as a Reef Sanctuary. The forest was declared a Closed Forest. It became the first protected area of water in Tanzania, and was the world's first marine park under private management. CHICOP opened for guests in 1998. Immediately it started attracting local and international attention.

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