Chumbe Island, Chumbe Island, Zanzibar
Tel: 255 24 223 1040
Concierge.com's insider take:
A pristine, coral-ringed island off the south coast of Stone Town, Chumbe is the site of one of Zanzibar's most ambitious—and successful—conservation projects. The island and its surrounding reefs were designated as a marine sanctuary in 1994 to preserve an incredible variety of marine life, including more than 350 species of fish. The virgin coral-rag forest is busy with birds and other tiny critters; keep your eyes peeled for giant coconut crabs scuttling up the tree trunks. While mostly uninhabited, Chumbe holds some interesting ruins of past inhabitants—including a small mosque and still-functioning lighthouse, both dating from the early 1900s. You can stay on the island at Chumbe Island Coral Park, a luxe eco-lodge, or take a day trip from Stone Town through One Ocean Dive Center's snorkeling tours (255-24-223-8374; www.zanzibaroneocean.com).