Flight tickets from Pietermaritzburg to Pemba

Pemba Island is an incredibly under-the-radar island located off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. It's known for its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and lush, green vegetation. Beyond the obvious natural beauty of the island, Pemba has a wealth of things to do and see, from adventures in the wild outdoors to urban exploration of the island's culture and towns. In this text, we'll explore all of the incredible opportunities that the island of Pemba has to offer, so if you're looking for a unique off-the-beaten-path getaway, you've come to the right place.

Getting to Know Pemba

Pemba is a semi-autonomous island located off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. As of 2015, the population of Pemba was estimated at 641,121. Pemba is in the Eastern Africa Time Zone (UTC+03). The main language spoken on Pemba is Kiswahili, with some people also speaking Arabic. The official currency is the Tanzanian Shilling, although it is not always common and US dollars are often used instead.

Climate and Weather

The climate of Pemba is tropical and humid. It lies on the equator in the Indian Ocean and has two seasons - the wet season (November to May) and the dry season (June to October). The wet season is best characterized by heavy rainfall and strong monsoonal winds. The dry season is characterized by moderate temperatures and mostly clear skies. The average temperature in Pemba is around 25°C (77°F) with little seasonal variation. The warmest months are from December to March. The temperatures only dip slightly during June and July, when rainfall is also at its lowest. Pemba has a relatively high level of humidity, with an average of 83% throughout the year. The highest levels of humidity are generally seen during the wet season, when rainfall and wind are at their highest. Overall, Pemba enjoys warm temperatures and high levels of rainfall throughout the year, making it a popular holiday destination.

Touring Pemba: Airport and Transportation

There is only one airport in Pemba, known officially as the Pemba International Airport, located in the Chake Chake municipality. You can get from the airport to downtown in Pemba by taxi for a fee of around US $5-10 depending on the distance. No, you cannot change money at Pemba airport, however there are several exchange houses available nearby.

Exploring the Rich History and Culture of Pemba

  1. Pemba boasts a vibrant culture, steeped in ancient tradition and belief. Intricate wooden dhows, strong Arab cultural influences, and traditional fishing techniques are among the many unique aspects to explore
  2. Pemba Island is home to the ancient Geezer Ruins, which are amongst one of the oldest human built structures in the Indian Ocean. The archaeological site dates back to the 5th century A.D and includes a palace, mosque, and temples
  3. With a backdrop of some of the most beautiful beaches in East Africa, the colourful marine life of the island makes it a key attraction for snorkeling, diving and fishing. Traditional fish markets can be visited and the friendly local people are always there to share stories and welcome visitors

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