Pemba Island is located 1 hour and 15 minutes flight from Dar es Salaam , it is situated about 80km from Zanzibar Island, directly east of Tanga on the Tanzanian mainland.
Pemba offers today's visitor a number of attractions including lovely beaches, world-class scuba diving and a number of historical sites. Ngezi Forest Reserve is a beautiful place to visit, as is Misali Island, which Captain Kidd is reputed to have used as a hide-out in the 17th century.
However, on an island with a population of 300,000 there can rarely be more than a few dozen foreigners here, and the atmosphere is somewhat different from Zanzibar. That is not to say that the people here are not friendly. Travelling in Pemba is like travelling in unknown territory. In the countryside, villagers are eager to talk to passers-by. In town, market stallholders call you over and sit you down to try their different fruits, laughing hysterically at your reaction.
Transport is limited to a few taxis, private cars and the public bus service. Beyond this, walking is the only option, unless you have arranged prebooked transfers.
For those seeking an adventure, Pemba is a fascinating and beautiful island to visit