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.
The park includes a fully protected coral reef sanctuary and forest reserve that harbours extremely rare and endangered animals, a Visitor and Education centre, a small eco-lodge, nature trails and historical ruins. All buildings and operations are based on state-of-the-art eco-technology aiming at zero impact on the environment (rainwater catchment, photovoltaic energy and solar water heating, composting toilets, vegetative greywater filtration etc.).
The Island can be reached in 45 minutes boat ride from Mbweni Beach, It covers 16 hectors of undisturbed forest and surrounded by a virgin coral reef, the sanctuary has more than 200 a pieces of pristine stone corals, about 400 species of fish and turtles & dolphins regularly passing by. Enjoy snorkeling along the pristine reefs!
Day trip only:
Day trip is possible to Chumbe Island; however as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) the Island carefully manage the numbers of guests on the island at any one time (maximum 14 guests only). As the facilities are primarily focused towards those guests who book an overnight trip, day trips can be done only when there is availability in the lodge. This means we cannot take advance bookings for day trips. If you would like to book a day trip it is best to contact us two days before the day you would like to visit to check on availability.
For an overnight accommodation:
On Chumbe Island is in many aspects – something really special, the Eco- bungalows are so brilliantly designed, that they provide both privacy and a sense of freedom of living in the open. You will find these bungalows exceptionally romantic (honeymooners love them), but any individual with a passion for natural beauty will find these bungalows captivating beyond measure. All bungalows overlook the sea, and all bungalows are equipped with:
• double or twin beds in the sleeping area under the palm thatched roof,
• self-contained bathrooms with hot & cold shower,
• large living rooms, equipped with handmade furniture and
• decorated with African art and colorful fabrics… (and very comfortable hammocks).
US$ 250 per person per night (low season 1 Mar – 27 Apr, 1 Oct – 30 Nov)
US$ 270 per person per night (high season 14 Jun – 30 Sep, 1 Feb – 28 Feb)
* There is a US$ 100 single occupancy charge for high season and US$ 80 for low season
Children under 2 years free of charge and under 12 years old half price.