Pemba Misali Island

Misali Island just outside Pemba, is surrounded by crystal waters and stunning coral reefs, Misali offers some of the best diving in East Africa, while snorkeling is spectacular and easily reached from the beach. Around the island, nesting turtles favor beaches on the western side, while on the northeast coast is Baobab Beach, with fine sand and a small ranger centre (although information here is limited). The island is part of the Pemba Channel Conservation Area, which covers Pemba’s entire west coast. All divers, snorkelers and beach-goers here must pay the admission fee.  There are no permanent settlements, though the island is in active use by local fishermen, and camping is not permitted for tourists. Inland from the beaches are caves, believed to be inhabited by the spirits of ancestors.

The beach of Misali Island 

Breath taking snorkeling
Misali’s treasure is its rich ecosystem, which boasts 42 types of corals, over 300 species of fish, a rare subspecies of vervet monkeys, rarely seen coconut crabs and a nesting site for green and hawks-bill turtles.

Snorkeling here is breath-taking! Even close to the beach it’s possible to see bigger fishes. The beach is really steep, and the sand changes into a vibrant color.Read about Misali Island on Tripadvisor


Colorful fish on Misali Island Pemba