Pemba Island is the northernmost island in the Zanzibar archipelago.
Around Pemba are many desert islands and some of the best scuba diving
in the Indian Ocean, with visibility that is unparalleled. Coral gardens,
colorful sponges and sea fans are all found in the underwater haven. The
city of Chake Chake, the main population center on Pemba, is a popular base
for scuba divers. Pemba is less visited than Zanzibar and as a result has a
more laidback atmosphere. The island is hilly with deep valleys and it has
become popular with mountain bikers who are drawn to the 1,000-meter peaks.
Just offshore, one spot not to miss is Misali Island Beach. This incredible
white-sand beach is on an uninhabited tropical island.Pemba is a major world
clove producer and is also well known for the juju traditions of medicine and
magic. People come from throughout East Africa to learn from the voodoo and
traditional healers or seek a cure.