At Pemba Lodge, the favorite activity is relaxing and doing nothing! However, there are other activities designed to get you as close as possible to Shamiani’s natural treasures without disturbing them.
Shamiani has not changed in centuries and for those interested it is possible to experience how life is from day to day for the few local inhabitants of this rugged little Island.
Most excursions involve a walk of varying distance on rough stony ground. Walks can vary from 15 minutes to 1 hour (Village tour). We recommend a tough pair of shoes or trainers and a pair of long pants (trousers). A small torch will also be useful.
There are bush trails criss-crossing the island that will take you up close and personal with the abundant flora and fauna of this undisturbed ecosystem.
During low tide, the reef off Shamiani is teeming with life. Our staff will be delighted to accompany you on a reef walk and explain everything you want to know about the marine ecosystem around the island.
Take one of our kayaks out for a paddle trip around the island and through the mangrove creeks. It’s a fun and low key way to explore your surroundings, as the waters are very calm. A guide will be present to show you the various birds and points of interest.
Complimentary snorkeling equipment is available to use, for boat trips to nearby reefs. At the same time you will see the local villagers tending the seaweed farms and the amazing sight of the (low tide) sand bank which resembles a desert scene.
You can also try your hand in both traditional line-fishing or deep sea fishing and have your catch prepared for a delicious barbeque dinner.
It is recommended that life jackets be worn whenever on a boat or in a kayak.
Keen ornithologists and amateurs alike will enjoy bird watching, especially in the mornings. Birds that have been sighted by our guests include; black and white hornbill, paradise fly catcher, rollers, kwarara, red-eyed pigeon, pied kingfisher, sunbird, mnana, common tern, little tern.
Spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets can be seen from the insland. Sunrises from the beach in front of the Lodge, but late risers do not need to miss out! A short walk away is Turtle bay (Kichanga Kasa) beach; the perfect spot to sit and watch the memorable sun set at the end of another lazy day.
Stargazing in the night sky is a must! Situated far away from the pollution and lights of the big cities makes the sky at night magically come alive with stars and planets not normally viewed. What better place to stargaze and look at the constellations, maybe you can locate the Southern Cross?
And last but not least, treat yourself to a Swahili massage with natural spice oils, get a henna tattoo or have your hair braided African style; it all can be arranged with the ladies from the local village.
Pemba’s spectacular reefs are rated among the world’s top dive sites, it is an unforgettable experience. The visibility is usually between 20-40m. Most dive sites are close to the lodge with only a few exceptions. There is virtually no diving tourism here, so the reefs are undamaged and human impact is minimal. The local fishermen tend only to fish with line, which means that the reefs are still teeming with marine life
Due to the ocean currents it’s not uncommon to see white tip reef sharks and large pelagic fish. It is also one of the only places on the Zanzibar Archipelago with an accessible underwater ship wreck. Small groups make the dives nice and safe and you are almost guaranteed to be diving with the other lodge guests or alone.
Snorkeling equipment is available to use, complimentary, for boat trips to nearby reefs. At the same time you will see the local villagers tending the seaweed farms and the amazing sight of the (low tide) sand bank.
Diving in the south of Pemba is an unforgettable experience. Firstly the visibility here is usually between 20-40m. Most dive sites are close to the lodge with only a few exceptions. There is virtually no tourism here.