Chumbe Island
Tanzania, Zanzibar

Chumbe Island is part of the first private marine reserve Chumber Island Coral Marine Park. This complex was founded in 1994 with the aim of preserving one of the last pristine coral islands, extremely rare and endangered species of animals and forest national park in the Zanzibar region. Chumbe Island is also Tanzania's first marine national park. It is a rare example of a pristine coral island. Under the protection of the UN, it is called "one of the most spectacular and beautiful coral gardens ever found in the world." Nature on the island is striking in its pristine beauty. Chumbe Island is part of a coral reef that emerged from the water and is densely covered with exotic vegetation. The island is located a few kilometers from the main island of Zanzibar. The island has two historic buildings and a small mosque with Indian architecture, built at the turn of the 20th century. In the sea waters there is a lighthouse built in 1904. Around the island there are more than 400 species of exotic fish, lobsters, turtles, dolphins. The island is home to rare giant coconut crabs that can climb a palm tree and enjoy young coconuts. Also around the island are more than 200 species of coral reefs. Scuba diving around them is forbidden, but tourists are offered diving and snorkeling on other coral reefs around Zanzibar within easy reach by boat. An educational center operates on the island's territory, small eco-houses, historical ruins and nature trails are located. All rooms have zero environmental impact. For this purpose, photovoltaic energy, solar water heating, storm water, dry closets, vegetative filtration of dirty water are used. In 2000, Chumbe Island was awarded the United Nations Global 500 Badge of Honor for outstanding achievements in the field of conservation and environmental protection.

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