Chumbe and Mafia Island, Zanzibar

Chumbe Island is located off the main island of Zanzibar and is easily accessible from Zanzibar. Chumbe is a privately owned island and is well-known for its amazing coral reef. In 1994 it was declared the ‘Chumbe Island Coral Park’ to ensure the protection of its amazing and colourful coral. The Chumbe Island Coral Park includes a closed forest reserve as well as the Chumbe Reef Sanctuary and is run by a non-profit organization that specialises in marine research…

Chumbe Island is a fantastic holiday destination but, because of it being so protected it’s not visited that often. For travellers that would like to see the most amazing coral reefs and fantastic tropical fish then we highly recommend the Chumbe Island….

Mafia Island is more well-known and more often visited than the Chumbe Island. Mafia Island is part of the famous Tanzania Spice Islands. Travellers love exploring the hidden treasures on and around this Tanzanian island… Mafia Island becomes the perfect destination for travellers who want relaxation and for those that want a bit more excitement adventure scuba diving and game fishing opportunities are available!

Mafia Island got it name from either an Arabic word that means ‘group’ or ‘archipelago’ or from a Swahili word that means ‘healthy dwelling place’… either way the name and possible meanings describe this Tanzanian island perfectly. In 1995 the WWF aided Mafia Island financially and helped turn it into a natural marine and wildlife centre… instead of developing it as a tourist resort. Even though it is a fantastic island to visit when you are in Tanzania, travellers need to respect that this island is firstly and fore mostly a protected reserve.

Mafia Island is actually one large island surrounded by several smaller ones. One of the popular areas for travellers is Chloe Bay which is Mafia’s protected deep-water anchorage and original harbour.

Chumbe Island and Mafia Island are great Tanzania holiday destinations as they boast protected areas, colourful fish, stunning beaches and so much more. If you are interested in Mafia or Chumbe Island please let us know; we would love to help you plan a magical Tanzania vacation!