The island of Pemba
known as 'Al Jazeera Al Khadra' (the green
island, in Arabic) is an island forming part of the Zanzibar
archipelago, lying off the east coast of Africa in the Indian
Ocean, positioned directly east of the of the port of Tanga..
It is situated about 50 kilometres to the north of the island
of Zanzibar & 50 kilometres east of mainland Tanzania.It is
completely different from Zanzibar ... more undulating,
verdant and remote.
Most of the island, which is hillier and more fertile than Zanzibar,
is dominated by small scale farming. There is large scale farming
of cash crops such as cloves
The most important towns in Pemba are Chake-Chake (the
capital), Mkoani, and Wete.
In addition to its rich history and traditions, Pemba is of interest
for its wealth of natural resources ranging from
beaches to mangrove ecosystems
to natural forests. While much of the coast is lined with mangroves,
there are a few amazing stretches of shoreline and enough attractive
offshore islands with pure, clean beaches and interesting bird-life
to keep you busy for quite a while.
Pemba has some of the world's best diving and fishing
and because it is not as travelled as it's more famous neighbour
- Unguja (Zanzibar Island) - it is that much more pristine.
Pemba has some of the most spectacular diving in the world. Diving
is conducted on the western side and is characterised by crystal
clear, blue water drop-offs along with pristine shallow reefs.
Hard and soft coral gardens abound with schools of coral
fish, pelagic marine life, mantas and turtles.
The Pemba Channel is widely known, and is considered one of the
world's best places for fishing.The Pemba Channel itself is Africa's
premier marlin destination. Striped, black and blue marlin,
broadbill, mako, sailfish, tiger and other sharks, dorado, wahoo,
yellowfin tuna and many other game fish are all to be
found in her azure waters.
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