Chumbe Island Coral Park
In the 13 years since Chumbe Island Coral Park was designated Tanzania's first managed marine protected area, it has earned a reputation as one of Zanzibar's most diverse reefs. Thank the island's park rangers, who educate locals about marine ecology and prevent illegal fishing—and its sole resort, which helps to fund the ranger program. Chumbe's rooftop rainwater-collection system and solar-powered lights keep the resort in harmony with its surroundings, while its seven open-air bungalows, with their cavernous living rooms and African artwork, make it a favorite among honeymooners.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.