Pemba - Getting There
The only sensible way to visit Pemba is with a scheduled charter flight, available daily mornings and afternoons. There are some sea ferries that operate from Zanzibar to Pemba but they are slow, and there is no regular guaranteed schedule.
Pemba is accessed via most airports in East Africa via Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam with direct local flights on several internal charter airlines that operate schedule flights on smaller aircraft.
The most frequent route is Zanzibar – Pemba. This is now serviced by at least these airlines.
• Zanair. 2 x Daily.
• Coastal Air. 1 x Daily.
• Dar es salaam - Pemba is also serviced daily, mostly via Zanzibar.
• Arusha – Pemba is also serviced daily, mostly via Zanzibar.
• Tanga – Pemba is currently operated by Coastal Air only. Daily afternoon return flight connecting with Zaznzibar and Dar.
Average cost 80.00$ each way.
Currently there are no direct flights from Nairobi or Mombasa to Pemba so you will need to fly via Zanzibar. Manta Reef can offer you a boat transfer from Shimoni in Kenya to Pemba if you arrive in Mombasa, or wish to travel in Kenya during your stay in Tanzania.
The rest of Tanzania, and all the parks, are connected to Pemba via these airports. See the schedules for the connections.
Nairobi and Mombasa to Pemba.
There are no direct flights to Pemba from Nairobi. Most early international arrivals in Nairobi can make a connection to either Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar.
International connections to East Africa.
Direct Flights to Zanzibar are now available with, Gulf Air, Ethiopian, Air Mauritius, Kenya Airways. Int. flights to Dar-es- salaam and Nairobi are several. British airways. Emirates, Oman Air. South African Airways. Kenya Airways. Swiss. KLM. Egypt Air. Air India. Air Malawi. Brussels International. Charter connections to Zanzibar via selected tour operators are available via Air Europe in Italy , and into Mombasa via Condor and LTU from Germany.
Boat transfers from Shimoni to Pemba
For Guests who are combining a trip to Pemba with the Shimoni Reef Lodge, we offer a private Boat service. This must be requested and pre booked, and is only available to clients of the Manta reef Lodge, not a public service.This year ( 2007) we are trying to offer a weekly, speed boat crossing to Pemba whcih should take just over an hour only from Shimoni.If you are 4 or more people ( max 8) we can guarantee most days.For individuals and couples, you need to find out our laetst weekly crossing dates.Costs will be around the same as flights.
Sea ferry service from Zanzibar
Definitely the cheapest way to travel between the islands is by ferry. Three times a week, the trusty Serengeti, operates between Zanzibar and Pemba . Departs Zanzibar 10pm, and arrives 06am cost about 10$ so don't expect much. It arrives in the southern port of Mkoani, and from there call us! 3 hours later we will see you, we don't recommend it.
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