Grave Island Tour
It is also a perfect place to bring your family - its safe, and easy to keep an eye on the kids as they splash about in the shallows.
The woods and groves which cover the island are full of all sorts of creatures from fruit bats to antelopes.
Grave Island (also called Chapwani Island) is one of several very small coral islands located a short distance off the coast of Zanzibar and is accessible by privately hired water transport, a journey of 15 to 20 minutes (and usually means getting your feet wet).
Take a small boat from Stone Town across to Grave Island. On nearing the island a long low white wall will be visible with steps in the centre. Land near here and climb the steps into the neglected naval cemetery. To the rear and over the boundary wall will be seen the CWGC plot complete with a central memorial to the 24 casualties who have headstones on either side.
On 20th September,1914 the German Cruiser “Konigsberg”, firing from just off Mbweni, attacked and sank H.M.S. “Pegasus”, lying in Zanzibar Harbour; 24 petty officers died on board and were buried on Grave Island the same day. Others died of wounds later and were buried in the English Cemetery at Ziwani. They were later exhumed and removed to the Common wealth Cemetery in Dar es Salaam by the War Graves Commission. It should be noted that there are no landing stages and visitors will normally have to wade out to, and in from, the boat. Visitors at low tide will also have to walk 50 metres or more across mud and very slippery rocks. Appropriate dress and beach shoes should be worn.