Pemba is an island scented with the heady aroma of spices, as much of the land is covered with spice trees. It is known as “The Green Island” and forms part of the Zanzibar archipelago. Located north of Zanzibar, The capital is Chake Chake. Pemba is more remote than the more popular Zanzibar and offers some of the best unexplored coral reefs and marine life in the world. The beautiful beaches, historical attractions and spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling are well worth the trip!
Pemba is dominated by small scale farming. Large scale farming of cash crops such as cloves is carried out. Pemba is the largest producer of cloves. They also produce bananas, cassava, coconuts, red beans and rice.
The people of Pemba are mainly the original Waswahili and Arabs who were originally immigrants from Oman (Shirazis).
Pemba’s resident wildlife includes the puddle frog and the flying bat (an endemic fruit bat).
Due to its vast coral reefs, Pemba is fast becoming an island holiday destination. The coral reefs offer spectacular snorkeling, fishing and scuba diving. Its dive sites with steep drop-offs, untouched coral reefs offer an abundant marine life.
There are numerous ruins which form part of the rich history of Pemba, dating back as far as the 13th century. These are well worth exploring.