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Rift Safari
Travelling along the Rift Valley: Misali Island, Pemba
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Misali Island was set up as part of a conservation area in 1998. It is characterised by unique marine and terrestrial ecosystems of remarkable species diversity.

Over 300 fish species and 40 genera of hard corals have been recorded underwater and its reefs are home to resident pods of dolphins.
The endangered Hawksbill turtles nest on its beach nearby turtle beach and so do the green ones. The main nesting season for hawksbills falls during the northeast monsoon between December and April, for green turtles between February and July. Hatching occurs approx. 55 days after. In August and September the island lies along the migratory route of humpback whales.

The 1 sq. Km of terrestrial area supports populations of green monkeys, the endangered and endemic Pemba flying Fox, globally endangered coconut crabs and various species of birds. There are a few interesting trails in the island's virgin forest and at low tide you can walk along the inter-tidal zone leading to the caves of Misali.

No matter if you are a diver or just love snorkelling, Misali Island is something you should not miss. If you are planning to stay on the northern tip of the island we would recommend you add two or three days on the southwestern shores as well. The nearest lodge to Misali is Fundu lagoon from where the island can be reached by fast boat in about 20 minutes and even if snorkelling is not for you, Misali beach is lovely to sunbathe on and to swim.

If you are a diver don't miss the south west part of Misali Island Conservation area with its fantastic table corals 2 to 3 metres width. Most of them were not affected by the 1998 coral bleaching. The east African clown fish with the white tail is common here along with the shimoni grouper.

Misali Island eastern beach
Dolphins, between Fundu Lagoon and Misali Island, Pemba