If you go

Where to stay: Chumbe Island Coral Park (www.chumbeisland.com) offers eco-bungalows, Afro-Indian cuisine and snorkeling galore. Rooms from $260 per person per night, including all meals, activities and the boat ride to and from Zanzibar.

Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins (tinyurl.com/q6zt3kg), a friendly and atmospheric hotel near Zanzibar International Airport, is where you catch the boat to Chumbe. Rooms from $188 (double occupancy), including buffet breakfast.

More information: www.chumbeisland.com. For tourism information about Zanzibar, visit zanzibar.net