Zanzibar Spice Island
Is a Jewel in the ocean, Known as the Spice Island, the beautiful island of Zanzibar is surrounded by beaches that rate among the finest in Africa’s and the in world. The Island is bursting with culture and history, seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white-sand beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze. Together this makes Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore as well as a dream to relax and unwind.
”The biggest dilemma occurs which beach on Zanzibar to choose”
Located on the west coast of Zanzibar. Nungwi beach is always vibrant. The coast is blessed with coral reefs ideal for diving, snorkeling, and swimming. You may be fortunate to spot dolphins, shark and green turtles at a certain time of the year. Nungwi beach has numerous resorts, bars, and restaurants with a variety of nightlife entertainment. You can also go for a sunset cruise on a traditional dhow sailing boat. Because of its lively ambiance, Nungwi Beach may be a great destination for solo travelers.
Located just few miles before the Nungwi Village, a long stretch of sand extending down the west coast about 3km south of the tip of Zanzibar Island. Not surprisingly, this idyllic location means a string of resorts, hotels and guesthouses, but there is still lots of space on the beach. Other attractions include a range of water-based activities, and favourable tidal patterns that ensure swimming at all hours.
The idyllic beach at Matemwe has some of the finest sand on Zanzibar, and in this sleepy village life still moves at its own pace, despite the hotels and guesthouses nearby. Of all the coastal destinations on Zanzibar Island, this area seems to have the most ‘local’ atmosphere. For tourists, this tranquil unhurried ambience means Matemwe is definitely a place where it’s easy to switch off. Powdery sands, taste of village life.
Pongwe’s arc of sand is dotted with palm trees and about as close to the quintessential tropical paradise as you can get – it’s at the far southern end of the more famous Kiwengwa beach. Tranquil atmosphere, lack of crowds.
Thanks to its wonderful beach of white sand and shallow waters, Paje has changed from a sleepy fishing village to a busy resort town with plenty of places to stay and a lively atmosphere. In recent years it has become very popular as a kitesurfing destination, to such an extent that it’s sometimes hard to go for a swim. Kitesurfing mecca, lively buzz.
Jambiani is a long village stretching over several Kilometres on a stunning stretch of coastline and one of the best places on the island to gain an insight into local life. The village itself (actually several villages grouped together as Jambiani) is a sunbaked collection of palm-thatch huts and the sea is an ethereal shade of turquoise – even by Zanzibar standards – dotted with fishing boats, while on the beach women tend seaweed farms. Waters of otherworldly turquoise shades.