Chumbe Island is a private nature reserve, located about 8 miles south of Zanzibar town. The Chumbe Island Coral Park was developed for the conservation and sustainable management of the uninhabited Island, one of the last pristine coral islands in the region. The park includes a fully protected coral reef sanctuary and forest reserve that harbors extremely rare and endangered animals, an education center, a small eco-lodge, nature trails, and historical ruins.
The nearly 200 species of coral, 370 species of fish, dolphins and hawksbill turtles provide spectacular snorkeling. The forest is home to over 50 species of birds, as well as the rarest antelope in the world, the Ader’s Duikers.
The tiny Ilsand can be reached by boat (morning departures from Mbweni Ruins Hotel.)