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ABOUT PEMBA

The island of Pemba, also known as ‘Al Jazeera Al Khadra’ (the green island, in Arabic), is an island forming part of the Zanzibar archipelago, lying off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. It is situated about 50 kilometres to the north of the Unguja (the island proper of Zanzibar). In 1964 Zanzibar was united with the former colony of Tanganyika to form Tanzania. Pemba lies 50 kilometres east of mainland Tanzania.

Together with Mafia Island (south of Zanzibar), these three islands form the Spice Islands (not to be confused with the Maluku Islands of Indonesia). In 1988, the estimated population was 265,000, with an area of 980 km². Most of the island, which is hillier and more fertile than Zanzibar, is dominated by small scale farming. There is large scale farming of cash crops such as cloves — there are over 3 million clove trees on the island.

There is a quite large Arab community on the island who emigrated from Oman. The population is a mix of Arab and original Waswahili inhabitants of the island. A significant portion of the population also identifies itself as Shirazi people.

The most important towns in Pemba are ChakeChake (the capital), Mkoani, and Wete, being the largest city. The centrally located Chake-Chake is perched on a hill with a view to the west on a bay and the tiny Misaliisland where the tides determine when a dhow can enter the local harbour. Pemba is, with the exception of a strip of land along its east coast, a very fertile place: beside clove trees, the locals grow mainly rice, coconut, bananas¸ cassava and red beans called maharagwe in Swahili.

Pemba is also becoming well-known for its dive sites, with steep drop-offs, untouched coral and a very abundant marine life.

  

ACCOMODATION

» Twenty newly built luxury seafront villas, all with sea views.

» These air- conditioned villas are spacious and private, with a king size bedor twin beds and a large en-suite bathroom.

» A secluded sun terrace faces a spectacular ocean sunset.

» Each intimate en-suite Sea View Room at this peaceful boutique hotel is tastefully fitted with a combination of multi-functional shuttered, handcrafted, wooden louver doors, electric ceiling fans, air conditioning, hair dryer and a spectacular view of the Indian Ocean.

» Mosquito nets in all rooms ensure a peaceful night’s sleep, with the sound of the ocean rounding off a relaxing day in paradise.

 

RESTAURANT
Pemba Misali Sunset Beach Resort’s cuisine reflects the culture of Zanzibar, with a beautiful sunset view at the top. Enjoy the scenery and the fresh air while having a delicious fresh meal, cooked to order in a subtle fusion of Arabic, Indian, Swahili and Colonial influences, overlaying the more familiar vegetable, fish and meat choices.
A daily Fisherman’s catch and unusual tropical fruits add an exotic twist to traditional international dishes.

CONFERENCE ROOM
Pemba Misali Sunset Beach Resort offers the ideal meeting, conference and holiday destination package on Pemba Island. Seamlessly, Pemba Misali Sunset Beach Resort combines state-of-the-art conference and business facilities with the charm and sheer luxury of a boutique hotel.

 

All diving and snorkelling activities on Pemba Misali Sunset Beach Resort are carefully taken care of; an experienced group of PADI divers will make your experience under the surface most enjoyable.

SNORKELING
Snorkelling can be enjoyed by everyone – if you can swim then you can snorkel!

Concerned about being in the middle of the ocean? Have no fear. Once you are out there your fascination And and wonder will take over. Snorkelling is not to be under-estimated – the gentle pleasure of floating above the sea’s coral gardens, school of fish flashing a kaleidoscope of colours and designs and for the lucky snorkelers – a turtle – is a fascinating experience that all visitors to the coral island of Pemba should enjoy.

EXCURSIONS
Misali Island – Snorkel or take a guided intertidal nature walk along one of the most stunning beaches in the Pemba channel conservation area.

Local Fishing Trips – An early morning fishing trip in a small dhow with local fisherman with your own catch-of- the day.
Historic Ruins – Sail or motor to the ancient capital of Pemba, Jambangome, now reduced to mysterious and beautiful ruins, overgrown with tree roots.

Mangrove Canoe Trips – The perfect way to weave through pristine mangrove forests.
Ngezi Forest – Guided trip to the natural rain forest in the north of Pemba with abundant birdlife and a picnic lunch on the beach.

DIVING
The diving round Pemba is nothing but breathtaking. The untouched coral reef surrounding the entire island makes Pemba one of the top diving sites in the world.

Pemba has the most spectacular and healthy reefs in East Africa. We have coral covered walls, coral strewn reef slopes, and enormous, healthy bommies and fans that are surrounded by reef fish.

Our dive sites are simply stunning. Ribbon eels, fire dartfish and leaf-fish can be found on many of our reefs. The shallow coral reefs are ideal for snorkelling if you have yet to qualify for diving. For those who wish to learn to dive, the calm waters of Pemba are an ideal learning ground.

Courses offered are conducted in accordance to PADI regulations and standards. The dive sites for open water students are chosen carefully to ensure that conditions are suitable for novice divers.

EQUIPMENT All our dive centers are equipped with the latest Scuba Pro equipment, maintained by Scuba Pro certified service technicians.

 The price will be confirmed on the time of the booking for clarity reasons.

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