The award-winning Chumbe Island Coral Park, situated 8 km southwest of Stone Town, Zanzibar, is a Marine Protected Area (MPA) that is self-funded through an eco-accommodation located on the island. Guest fees fund coral reef monitoring and research projects and sponsor environmental education trips for 500-600 local students per year. The island’s 7 exclusive eco-bungalows are constructed with state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly architecture including rainwater catchment, photovoltaic energy, solar water heating, composting toilets and vegetative greywater filtration. Chumbe’s MPA is important because it is located upstream of the most important fishing grounds for Stone Town. The waters around Stone Town (and much of the island) are heavily overfished and are losing diversity of fish, coral and other sea life. The MPA hosts 90 percent of the hard coral species in East Africa and over 400 species of fish, which help to restock and maintain species diversity of the surrounding waters. It also provides world-class snorkeling opportunities for guests.
Snorkeling, beach, forest reserve, reef sanctuary, school excursion.
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