Chumbe Island Coral Park (CHICOP)

The Chumbe Island Coral Park is a privately established and managed nature reserve recognized by the Zanzibar Government from 1994, and UNEP-WCMC from 1995. The park is located on and around a small formerly uninhabited coral island west of the larger island of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania. The park includes a 30-hectare marine reef sanctuary and a coral-rag forest reserve covering most of the island's 22 hectares. Founded in 1992 to establish and manage the reserve, Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd. (CHICOP) won management contracts and a lease from the Zanzibar government (GoZ) to create and manage the park, which has become both a successful ecotourism destination and an internationally recognized conservation success. Training and employment of local fishermen as park rangers by volunteers proved cost effective and facilitated direct partnership with local fishing communities. Chumbe is recognised and classified as a Class II protected area under IUCN’s WDPA listings. For more information about the marine park and the environmental education programme, please visit

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Chumbe Island Coral Park (CHICOP)
P.O. Box 3203
Phone: +255-777-413582