Pemba beaches are still unpopular which makes them unspoiles as in Unguja(Zanzibar). The beaches are beautiful, unspoiled, and otherworldly.

At night the wind that whispers through the clove plantations which cover most of Pemba might bring the sound of distant drumming. Prepare to float across spectacular coral reefs, laze on those untouched beaches and explore the winding hills and dense vegetation of the interior.

The tiny number visitors to Pemba every year means that the island has little in the way of tourist infrastructure – which for alternative travelers is the main attraction. Small guesthouses are dotted around the island, and there are a couple of upscale diving hotels and resorts.

Visitors may be surprised to find that bullfighting is a popular sport supposedly imported by Portuguese invaders in the 17th century. The Pemban version, however, simply involves testing the skill of the bull in a series of bold moves by the matador, after which the bull is loaded with flowers and praise, and paraded around the village.

Misali Island to the west of Pemba is reputed to have been used as a hideout by the notorious pirate Captain Kidd, who is even said have buried treasure here. Today a conservation program has been established and visitors can come for the day, snorkel off the beach and walk in the forest. Locals believe the island is holy, having been used by the prophet Hidara as a prayer mat. Visitors to the island are asked to respect local customs and beliefs.

There are many historical sites and ruins to explore on Pemba including a number of old mosques and tombs and the old town fort of Chake Chake. The Pujini ruins south -east of Chake Chake are the remnants of a fortified town built around the 13th century.

The Ngezi Forest is a protected area in the northwest corner of the island. It s home to endemic flora and fauna species such as the Pemba flying fox (a big bat) and the Pemba palm, which is found only in the region of Ngezi and is known locally as Mapapindi palm.

The beauty of Pemba is bewitching. The epitome of a tropical paradise, Pemba has green valleys with rice paddies and palm trees and clove plantations that shade the roads. Vistas of the Indian Ocean are breathtaking as they appear through the peaks depths of Pemba’s terrain. It is a light not to be missed.