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The hideout: About six miles from Zanzibar, Chumbe Island Coral Park (view slideshow) is a national park and sanctuary for both you and the 400 species of tropical fish that swim among 200 types of pristine coral.
Low-tech lowdown: Protected by Tanzania since 1994, Chumbe has no electricity, let alone anything that might need plugging in. Snorkelers stay in one of seven "eco-bungalows" that were designed to stay cool with Indian Ocean winds, collect rainwater on roof expanses, and store up solar energy to heat showers and power reading lights. But after a glass of Champagne and a Zanzibari supper of octopus masala, chances are books will be cast aside in favor of a romantic evening listening to the waves off the Indian Ocean.
Your new "to do" list:
Walk 30 seconds from your eco-bungalow into the sea
Snorkel in one of the world's last undisturbed coral parks
Stay awake long enough to witness the island's nocturnal attraction, the rare giant coconut crab, which has a leg span of more than three feet
The road less traveled: Make the 21-hour journey from New York's JFK (with one layover) to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and then cross by hydrofoil to the island of Zanzibar (view slideshow). Take a taxi to Mbweni Ruins Hotel to meet the boat to Chumbe Island.
Don't forget: A deck of cards. Only 14 guests are allowed on the island at one time, so you'll be able to play a round (or two) of gin rummy with everyone.
Chumbe Island Coral Park
Tel: 255 24 2231040
From $250 per person, including meals and snorkeling