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The Aiyana beach - Pemba North
The Green Island
Language: Kiswahili and English
Size: 428 km²
Chake Chake: Capital and Airport
Wete and Mkoani: Ferry Harbour
Local Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
Exchange Rate: US$ 1,- = 2250 tsh
Pemba is part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, a semi-autonomous state in Tanzania. Pemba is the second largest island, closest to the Kenyan border. It is is well known for its trade of cloves and the island is often referred as"the Green Island", thanks to it's vast landscapes of forests, mangroves and plantations.
The Zanzibar Archipelago has a diverse history, due to its strategic location, it became the epicentrum of the Eastern African trade routes. Different cultures such as Africans, Arabs, Persian, Indian and European all left their footprints here.
After the nautical industry started to develop more and more and Pemba became less interesting to use as a hub, the people of Pemba started to shift slowly to argriculture and fishing which is now their main source of income. Tourism is really limited to a hand full of small boutique lodges spreaded over this wild and rural island.
Pemba is a paradise for diving as well as for birdwatching, beach lovers and big game fishing. The beaches are absolutely breathtaking. Most beaches are isolated with lime stones, the quietness and private sunsets are the things that make your travels all worth it.
On Pemba island, Mother Nature has reclaimed her rights and her kingdom remains untouched and unlimited. She rules every inch of the island. This generates an amazing amount of energy and creates a very warm and smooth atmosphere.
You will be amazed by the light around here, by all the shades of green and blue reunited in this place.
Whether underwater or on land, the diversity of flora and fauna is incredible, much to the delight of both divers and hikers.
This blue and green island is an adventure on itself, whether you're ready to explore the very much alive seabed of the Indian Ocean or to walk on unspoiled white sand beaches. You can also sail into the vibrant mangrove and discover a rich and bright culture. Pemba is a paradise for everyone looking for inner calm and peace. This place has something magical and very unique. This kind of magic will offer you something that goes beyond your expectations.
Whether you are travelling alone, as a couple, as a family, with friends and whatever your budget is, you will find your place on Pemba. You don’t need a lot of money to travel around this island. The locals do not own in quantity, but rather in quality. They do not own a lot of material things, but what they own is more valuable. The word “own” doesn't really matter here, it's more about what people have to offer to each other, to their family, to their friends, to their neighbours or to you. What matters in Pemba is to live in a stable, peaceful and healthy way, all together. People here have a huge heart, and they are always ready to share everything. That’s why inequality isn’t such a big issue here as everybody knows how to live together, in perfect harmony.
The perception of time is very unique here. Different hours of the day are not related to the clock, but to something bigger than us. The life here is connected to Mother Nature. We are living for her, and with her. The sunlight, the strong power of the tide, the singing of the birds or the strength of the sun. When you live on Pemba, you are totally disconnected from time as you know it. After a few moments here, you will stop chasing and running after the clock. We can take our time, embrace time, breath, live, enjoy, progress, learn. The harmony glows everywhere and gives to this place a very powerful energy. This energy will impact you and it will make you stronger. You will definitely gain something here. The smiles and the kindness of the locals, the power of nature and the energy are very contagious, and after a few days, you will feel richer than before you arrived. The perception of yourself will change, the perception of your own ability and capacities will grow. This island will make you feel different.
And maybe, if you are lucky and you go deep enough, you will finally find in there the most important thing in the world: yourself.
From the end of April up to the end of May is the raining season, meaning ocean conditions are very unpredictable and are worse, though Afro Divers will stay open during this time.
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Travel and Dive Pemba Island 2020
Worldwide people feel the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus. Tanzania has been relieved with a very small death rate and the government recently announced to start up the tourist sector from June 2020.
Pemba has a hot and humid climate, which is really bad for the virus-aerosoles to spread. Most 'mass spread events' for the virus have taken place inside, where air circulation is limited. Also lack of Vitamine C and D leaves more change for the virus to make you really sick. All these negative elements are in contradiction with the lifestyle we have in Pemba and in many places in Africa.
Why go to Pemba and how to do it safe?
Test yourself for SARS-CoV-2 in your own courty within a few days of depature.
Before going on a dive trip it is highly advised to do a dive-medical check.
If you are not feeling 100%, DON'T DIVE, DON'T TRAVEL.
You can fly directly on Zanzibar from Europe or Middle East and take a 30-min flight to Pemba, we will pick you up by taxi.
Airlines and airports will resume business with regard to the protocol set out by governments, which ensures the safety of passengers, this can cause extra traveling time.
Pre-Booking flights without paying is possible by many airlines when in doubt.
Sanitizers are available at all time all throughout Pemba, in hotels and at Afro Divers!
Bringing your own mask and regulator is advised. If you can't don't worry.
Afro Divers cleans with soap and detol all gear on daily basis
Afro Divers and the hotels by principle have a social environment with few people.
Divers to guide ratio 4:1, Student to Instructor ratio 2:1.
You like to know more feel free to give me (Michael) a WhatsApp call or send an email.