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ZE001: Chumbe Island Coral Park

CHUMBE ISLAND CORAL PARK
Tour Code: ZE001
Duration: Half Day Excursion

The trip in a motorised boat will take you to the secluded island of Chumbe which manages nature reserve, with forest and Marine nature trails, one kilometre of totally protected and untouched reef, a historic lighthouse (built in 1904) and an old mosque.  The biggest attractions of the island are the peaceful and natural environment.  You will journey through the special nature trails passing a tunnel of fascinating indigenous undergrowth, listening to birds and small animals going about their uninterrupted businesses.  More than 40 species of birds have been identified on the island, including the endangered Roseate Tern. Snorkelling in the Reef Sanctuary is amazing; an uninterrupted coral garden stretches right from the shallow beach to a drop-off to about 16metres deep, teeming with thousands of colourful fish belonging to 370 families, which is among the highest diversity found anywhere along the East African Coast.  Turtles and dolphins regularly visit the reef and spiny lobsters peed out of their hostels confident that nobody will hunt for them and you may even see a huge grouper living only a few metres under the surface on the drop off.

 
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