Chumbe Island is a small privately owned island a few kilometres off of the main island of Zanzibar, known for its ecological innovation and exceptional coral reefs.
In 1994, the island and its surrounding waters were declared the Chumbe Island Coral Park, which contains the Chumbe Reef Sanctuary and the Closed Forest Reserve. The park is run by the nonprofit private organization Chumbe Island Coral Park, Ltd. (CHICOP), which conducts marine research and small amounts of eco-tourism on the island.
The high quality of the reef is attributable to the fact that the island was within a military zone which limited human impact on the marine life.
The island has two historic buildings, a small mosque and a lighthouse, both built around the turn of the 20th century.
Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd. (CHICOP) is an award-winning private nature reserve that was developed from 1991 for the conservation and sustainable management of uninhabited Chumbe Island off Zanzibar, one of the last pristine coral islands in the region.
Hotels in Chumbe Island
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