Tours & activities
The name Pemba translates as “The Green Island” and it has been offering safe haven for spice traders and travellers for more than a thousand years, layering a rich human history alongside the island’s marvellous wildlife.
Snorkelling equipment is available from the dive centre at Fundu Lagoon, however the range of marine life close to the shoreline is limited and we highly recommend a snorkelling tour to the coral reefs off nearby Misali island as the best way to discover the impressive biodiversity in the regions waters.
The best time to enjoy the energy and excitement of the resident dolphin pods is early in the morning when impressive spinner dolphins jump and display. Take the boat out and see who joins you on your trip before returning to the hotel for breakfast.
Explore the best views of the local mangrove forests during the cooler moments of the day. Kayaks are available from the Dive Centre and our team are on hand to give you advice on the best routes to take as you set out to explore for yourself.
Within walking distance of the resort are three traditional local villages. Our staff can show you around the unique clay houses, banana and cassava plantations as well as the local fruit and vegetable plots farmed by families. Guests are asked to dress modestly when walking outside the resort and to seek permission before taking photos. Donations are best given to the villagers via the collection point in Fundu Lagoon’s reception area.
Tours on Pemba Island
Pemba has a long history and its capital city Chake Chake includes a museum and an old Portuguese fort. Custom-made tours can be arranged to explore the city or alternatively tour across the island to discover the heady atmosphere of spice plantations and visit the diverse nature on the island at Ngezi forest and Kidike where flying foxes abound.
Jambangome ruins & river safari
Cruise up a meandering creek at high tide and walk-through local farmland to find the atmospheric and rarely visited ruins of one of the first settlements on Pemba Island where ornate carvings are being reclaimed and covered by jungle roots and foliage.
Hair & Henna
A traditional ceremonial custom for brides on their wedding day, relax and enjoy the artistry of decorating hands and feet with beautiful henna designs and braiding hair into unique styles.
Sunset Dhow Cruise
Relax with a glass of wine or cold beer and refreshments aboard our traditional dhow as we sail into the sunset with up to 16 guests. Private cruises offer a romantic touch, with a bottle of champagne and fresh canapes.
Private Candlelit Dinner
A romantic evening on the beach with a table for two, personal chef and waiting staff. Those with suites can dine on their deck or on the beach.