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Pemba Island

Tanzania Safaris - Pemba Island
Tanzania Safaris - Pemba Island

Pemba is the northernmost of the two Spice Islands lying off the East African coast and is the world's major clove producer, although Pemba has now additionally adopted its more traditional role of being a Tanzania Safari island paradise with small inter-island trade. Pemba Island is a contrast to Zanzibar with lush valleys studded with paddy fields, twisting roads meandering up and down the hills and the smell of cloves lingering in the air.

The pace of life is relaxed, the island has a bewitching desert island atmosphere and the marine life is exceptional.  Pemba offers enthusiasts an amazing Tanzania diving safari.


Pemba is now listed as one of the top dive spots in the world and diving is still the major attraction for Tanzania Safari visitors. The warm Indian Ocean waters surrounding Pemba Island are home to thousands of species of tropical fish and exotic marine life. The shallows around the numerous islands of Pemba offer stunning snorkelling in aquamarine waters lush coral gardens which stretch far ahead and then suddenly plunge into the dark blue depths of Pemba's incredible drop offs. Not only is Pemba renowned for its pristine and unspoilt coral reefs but also for its vertical coral cliffs which plummet to depths of more than 800 metres. Underwater visibility often reaches 40 meters or more.

Tanzania Safaris - Pemba Island
Tanzania Safaris - Pemba Island

Mesali Island

The jewel of Pemba, Mesali Island is a highlight of every Tanzania Safari visitor's stay. As Pemba's only marine sanctuary, its protected reefs provide a home to an exceptional range of sea life. Pristine corals attract vast numbers of reef fish and animals coming in from deeper waters including manta and eagle rays, barracuda and other game fish and reef sharks. For Tanzania Safari sun-lovers and dry land-lovers, the Mesali beaches are superb and you can go for nature trails with trained wardens through the island including a walking safari on turtle nesting beaches

Ngezi Forest

Ngezi forest in the North of Pemba is a beautiful area of natural rain forest populated by large numbers of birdlife, the vervet monkey and full of spectacular trees. At the forest a local Tanzania Safari guide will help you follow a walking safari nature trail

Getting There:

The best method of reaching Pemba is to fly. There are daily scheduled flights between Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Pemba.
Or take the ferry via Zanzibar. Ferry from Dar to Zanzibar takes roughly 90 mins. The ferry from Zanzibar-Pemba takes about 3 hours depending on weather conditions and runs 5 times/week.

When to visit:

Best time to visit is June to January

Tanzania Safaris - Pemba Island
Tanzania Safaris - Pemba Island