Unlike the low-lying coral atoll of neighbouring Zanzibar
is a true island with incredibly fertile hilly terrain and spectacular deepwater drop-offs for divers.
Despite its proximity Pemba
really is off the beaten track, getting less than 1% of its neighbour's visitor traffic. Those who do venture here are rewarded with an incredibly authentic Swahili Coast experience. Regular flights make getting here relatively easy these days, but the choice of accommodation remains remarkably thin ...
At the top of the price range is the very stylish Fundu Lagoon
, certainly one of the top half dozen beach lodges in East Africa and a long term favourite with a cool, outdoorsy and relatively affluent clientele.
To the north The Manta Resort
enjoys a better beach location, is a little less pricey and much improved under the present ownership.Kervan Saray Beach
, also to the northeast of the island, is a specialist dive base with relatively simple accommodation, still not cheap, but a fraction of the price of the previous two options.
Beyond those three accommodation options on Pemba are limited to very simple backpacker guesthouses and local hotels.