Pemba is an island in Tanzania and one of the main islands that make up Zanzibar. It is located approximately 80 km northeast of Zanzibar (Unguja) which is about the same distance directly east of Tanga on the Tanzanian mainland.

Pemba is hillier, fertile and heavily vegetated compared to Zanzibar and it is less known. However, recently visitors have started visiting the Island.

As to spices, Pemba was the largest supplier of clove and still is, and currently 75-80% of all clove production come from Pemba. The extensive clove plantations and having been an agricultural base whilst under the rule of the Sultans, provide the economic foundation of the Island’s dominance.

Pemba’s wealth also extends to natural resources ranging from pristine white sandy beaches, mangrove eco system to lush natural forests. The coral reef surrounding the Island protects a multitude of marine species and offer superb diving and spectacular snorkelling.

Best Time to Visit

Pemba Island is accessible all year round.

How to Get There

You can reach Pemba by light aircraft from Zanzibar airport and this takes about 30 minutes. Regional flights operate daily from Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Nairobi. The island is also accessible by sea, as hourly ferries depart from Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam and Tanga each day.



Fundu Lagoon 

Fundu Lagoon is an award winning beach situated on a remote and beautiful beach on the south western side of the Pemba Island which lies to the north of Zanzibar (Unguja). Due to its restful and laid back environment the resort makes it ideal for a relaxed holiday getaway and it attracts a large number of honeymooners. The resort is reached by road from Pemba’s airstrip then by boat travel for 45 minutes.

There are 18 designer tented rooms and suites on wooden decks, set under makuti (thatch) with a view of the ocean. All rooms are equipped with large double or twin beds, mosquito nets, ceiling and standing fans, and have indoor and outdoor seating areas. Each has an en-suite bathroom with fresh hot water shower, toilet and basin. The rooms are connected to the main buildings by wooden walkways or paths through indigenous forest. There are 8 standard hillside rooms and 4 standard beachfront rooms; 2 very stylish suites located on the beach include a private plunge pool and a private sundeck; 4 superior suites also located on the beach include large queen sized beds, an open plan lounge, a stone walled bathroom with double vanity unit and a large plunge pool. 

Manta Reef Lodge

The lodge is on the Ras Kigomasha peninsular, just north of the Ngezi rain forest. The resort is very much off the beaten track in a stunning hideaway that will appeal to beach lovers, honeymooners, diver and sea safari lovers. There are no neighbours, making this a private beach just littered with sea shells washed up everyday with the tides. Manta Reef can be reached from Chake Chake airport or Mkoani port by tax.

The resort can accommodate a maximum of 25/30 people in 14 bungalows which consist of 10 sea front bungalows, 2 honeymoon bungalows and 2 garden family cottages each having two bedrooms. The sea front bungalows are raised on timber platforms and face directly out to the sea, giving spectacular views. All rooms have large 4 poster beds with mosquito nets, en-suite bathrooms, verandas (with couch) and are very spacious. They also have hot and cold water showers and lounger chairs to sit read and relax. The resort is centred around a large, open plan relaxation area which includes a swimming pool.

Other Hotels in Pemba

  • Pemba Lodge
  • Hotel Archipelago
  • Pemba Crown Hotel