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.

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).

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True Nature Yoga Retreat at Chumbe Island

Join us for a weekend of yoga, surrounded by unique biodiversity and serenity!

Ocean Art Contest – Get creative and celebrate World Oceans Day 2022 with us!

Chumbe Island Coral Park (CHICOP) in cooperation with the Ministry of Blue Economy and Fisheries Zanzibar
and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) is organizing an art contest as part of
the UN World Oceans Day 2022

‘Green Destination’ newsletters about sustainable tourism practices in Zanzibar

Sustainable tourism in Zanzibar newsletters (incl. kids activities) as part of Chumbe Island’s Green Destination campaign

Ranger symposium: “Tuhifadhi pamoja” facilitated by Rangers, for Rangers

Ranger symposium: “Tuhifadhi pamoja” facilitated by Rangers, for Rangers will take place on Chumbe Island on 24th March 2022

Chumbe Island celebrates community swimming program participants and environmental champions

In an official certification ceremony at the Old Fort in Stone Town on Saturday January 22nd 2022, Chumbe Island Coral Park and its swimming partners Panje and FitPit celebrated the 300 participants of their community swimming program as well as community members who contributed to a series of environmental competitions.