Pemba Island is situated around 80 kilometers to the northeast of the Island of Zanzibar (Unguja) that is roughly a Thirty minute flight from the airport in Stone Town. Even though extensively comparable in proportion to Zanzibar, the island of Pemba far less developed. The Pot-holed roads go through the villages in which women wearing bright kangas are seated chatting, ox-drawn carts are fully packed with fruits, and the atmosphere filled with the scent of spices.
Pemba is extremely fertile, and constantly appears greener and much more arable as compared to Zanzibar Island. Additionally, it produces a lot more cloves compared to Zanzibar – and the economy here is still dependent upon agriculture unlike Zanzibar, and much less dependent upon tourism.
Pemba is among the most heavily populated regions of Tanzania, with many people living in relatively customarily constructed square houses, constructed using mud stuck on a wooden frame to form mud walls, along with thatch roofs or corrugated iron. Chake Chake is the administrative capital as well as the main town of Pemba Island, and that is where the airport is located.
Pemba’s residents are mainly Muslim. It possesses a culture which is far more traditional as compared to Zanzibar, and also the island receives much less visitors and therefore sees little of the world outside. Therefore anticipate seeing Pemba’s women dressed in veils, and a handful of villagers speak anything else than Swahili.
There is presently just one lodge which we recommend you take into account when on this Island – Fundu Lagoon .This is a really popular place for honeymooners, and possesses a young and frequently lively environment.