Welcome to Tanzania’s most beautiful corner, Pemba Island is one of Tanzania’s hidden leisurely spots, located 16 miles (25km) north of Zanzibar Island, and offers some of the best scuba diving and deep sea fishing in all of sub-Sahara Africa. The Pemba channel runs between Pemba and the mainland with depth up 2625 feet (800 M). Sheer under- water walls drop 150-600 feet. Divers often see eagle ray, grouper, tuna, and a variety of tropical fish. Most visitors to Zanzibar never make it to Pemba, however, the island remains far quieter than its big brother Unguja. Accommodation options are also far more limited, but by no means run-of-the-mill. Most fall somewhere between the mid-range to more luxurious.
Also well worth visiting are the Pujini Ruins situated south-east of Chake Chake, Pemba’s largest town. These overgrown ruins are the remains of a 13th century Swahili town ruled by a despotic king. Opposite the Pujini Ruins you will find the well-preserved ruins of Ras Mkumbu, which are located at the tip of the long peninsula.