... One of the most spectacular "coral gardens" to be found anywhere in the world.
J.E.N Veron
Australian Institute of Marine Science

Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd. (CHICOP) is an
award-winning private nature reserve that was developed from 1991 for the conservation and sustainable management of uninhabited Chumbe Island off Zanzibar, one of the last pristine coral islands in the region.

The reserve includes a fully protected Coral Reef Sanctuary and Forest Reserve that harbour rare wildlife, a Visitor and Education centre, a small eco-lodge, nature walks and historical monuments. All buildings and operations are based on state-of-the-art eco-technology aiming at zero impact on the environment (rainwater catchment, photovoltaic energy and solar water heating, composting toilets, vegetative greywater filtration etc.).

The company objectives are non-commercial, while operations follow commercial principles. The overall aim of CHICOP is to create a model of financially and ecologically sustainable park management, where ecotourism supports conservation, research and comprehensive Environmental Education programs for local schools and other benefits for local people.

In 2011, Chumbe Island became the first Global Ecosphere Retreat (GER) certified Long Run Destination through the Jochen Zeitz Foundation which means that Chumbe strives for the highest standards in sustainability through the balance of conservation and commerce, whilst fostering community development and cultural stewardship.

Chumbe’s sustainable management and promotion of key ecosystem services for the region has since been recognized on many levels, including being mentioned in the UN Secretary General’s report to the General Assembly on protection of coral reefs for sustainable livelihoods and development, which states: “A noted example for PES (Payment for Ecosystem Services) within the context of coral reefs habitat is the private, non-profit Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd (CHICOP) in Tanzania (2012).


Finalist for the 2018 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Wednesday 24.01.2018 23:41

We are very excited to announce that Chumbe Island Coral Park has been selected as a finalist for the World Travel & Tourism Council's Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2018 under the category of Environment!This Award is for...

Chumbe UW Photo-guide 2017 now online! Wednesday 06.09.2017 05:45

The Chumbe UW Photo-guide was developed by a family that has been returning to Chumbe Island for 14 years. Countless hours snorkelling in the Chumbe Reef, subsequent identification with the Chumbe Conservation Team and tireless...

Chumbe Management Plan (2017-2027) now online! Monday 28.08.2017 07:14

This is the third management plan for Chumbe Island Coral Park (CHICOP) since its inception in 1994, produced by the Chumbe Team with the support of Sustainable Solutions International Consulting (SSIC). A lot of work and a very...

Chumbe showcased Wednesday 15.02.2017 09:48

Chumbe Island Coral Park is featured in the latest IUCN Protecting the Planet newsletter, January 2017!

Happy Holidays 2017 Saturday 24.12.2016 14:56

With our Best Wishes for a Joyous Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!In warm appreciation, Chumbe Team

German national, Sibylle Riedmiller, awarded the Order of Merit Cross from the Federal Republic of Germany for her tireless commitment to conserving Tanzania’s natural heritage! Sunday 03.07.2016 09:54

Chumbe press release from 01.07.16

CHUMBE BLEACHING ALERT Thursday 09.06.2016 14:05

The year 2016 has recorded the warmest sea temperatures on record, and impacts on coral reefs are being felt globally. Warm sea temperatures caused by climate change are causing corals to bleach all around the world. Corals...

Chumbe Island featured in SEVENSEAS magazine! Monday 09.05.2016 21:06

May Edition 2016, page 80-87

German article about Chumbe Island now online! Monday 09.05.2016 21:02…/familie-freiz…/article207517983/

Our coral reefs need your assistance Sunday 14.02.2016 15:59

Get involved in reporting coral bleaching!