Find Zanzibar beaches with its fabulous sunsets, palm-bordered beaches, turquoise waters, and vivid coral reefs. Zanzibar is one of the world’s most excellent islands. Its name summons a romantic past. To the shores of these islands came Sumerians, Assyrians, Hindus, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Arabians, Chinese, Malaysians, and the Portuguese, all cruising in on Monsoon winds. From these shores, the incomparable European pilgrim’s Burton, Speke, Livingstone, Krapf, Rebman, and Grant set out on their journeys of discovery into the East and Central African hinterland.
“The Place of Wonders” and the narrow streets of the Old Stone Town are just some of the vivid reminders of the island’s long and colored history.
The top Zanzibar beaches
1. Nungwi beache
Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar runs along the western coast to the northern tip of the island so it is witness to astonishing sunset views, which will without a doubt score points for those who need to get online media-commendable photographs. Tourists can appreciate a drink on the rooftop bar as the sun sets over the tropical skyline. Locals also offer a sunset cruise on a Dhow boat. This is one of the reasons that make Nungwi a popular romantic destination for couples.
2. Kendwa Beach
Kendwa Beach is a long stretch of sand reaching down the west coast about 3km south of the tip of Zanzibar Island. It’s conceivable to stroll there from Nungwi at low tide and you’ll find a similar white sand and turquoise waters, but with less crowds. Since the waters off Kendwa get profound rapidly, there is to a lesser extent a flowing reach here than on the eastern beaches, making it ideal for swimming no matter of the hour of day. Its western area also implies that for beautiful sundowners, there’s no better spot to be. Different operators offer snorkeling excursions and Kwenda town visits, while Kwenda Rocks resort is known for its month to month Full Moon Party.
3. Jambiani Beach
Jambiani has a lovely 7 km long beach with influencing palms. In opposition to certain beach in the north, the beach has powdery white sand and barely any stones or ocean imps. The barrier reef lies a couple of kilometers out, with a wonderful crystal turquoise tidal pond in the middle. The expansive tidal pond of swallow water is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving and offers an amazing perspective on the marine. Thanks to its steady sideshore winds, Jambiani is also an ideal spot for wind- or kitesurfing. A high tide it’s ideal to swim in the Indian Ocean and at low tide you can appreciate a nice beach walk.
Located off the coast of Tanzania, Paje is situated on the island of Zanzibar, which can succinctly be summed up as Indian Ocean amazingness (yes, I’m using that word!)
Situated on the east bank of this awesome island, Paje is basically an enormous, long portion of white sand bordered by a small village on one side and an assortment of beachfront accommodation services and eateries, as well as turquoise waters on the other. There’s a huge tidal range here and frequently a good breeze, so Paje is quickly turning into a famous hub for water sports… yet not yet!
Indeed, right now, the Paje is brilliantly serene and quiet; and keeping in mind that it is on the guide numerous travelers incline toward the busier, more developed north beaches of Zanzibar.
Nakupenda (In swahili implies I LOVE YOU) is the name of an astonishing sandbank found just off Stone town. This is a beautiful spot to swim or snorkeling; the turquoise waters are so welcoming, and it truly feels as though you’re on a heaven island. When going to Nakupenda Beach, make sure to carry a parasol with you, as there is no shade in sight on the sandbank. The language of the white sands and their alternative sea appear and disappear.
Unwinding in one of the beach bars watching the sun go down is an ideal way to end the day.
6. Prison Island
Prison Island also known as Changuu Island, is is simply off the shoreline of Stone Town, Zanzibar. Presently a vacation spot, Prison Island was before a spot where slaves were kept and at a certain point, it also served as a place of quarantine.
The boat ride from Stone Town takes 20-30 minutes and the seas at times can be a bit rough. Arriving on the island, there is a puzzling natural wooden bridge that floats a couple of meters over the water, jetting out into the ocean.
On one side of Prison Island is a refuge for giant sea tortoises, initially a gift from the Seychelles. A 5 minute walk across the island leads to the former prison ruins. Though in their successful days it was a torturous place to be, nowadays the ocean cliffs, the overgrowth of the plants on the stone walls, and the view of the turquoise ocean is gorgeous!. With a stunning beach on offer, awesome snorkeling simply offshore, and wonderful views to boot, Prison Island is well worth visiting when in Stone Town. The boat trip there and back is similarly entertaining as you skim across the waves to the secluded island.
Just a 30-minute flight south of Zanzibar, Mafia is the one island off Tanzania’s coast that truly encourages guests to explore its seaward islands and sand bars. There are very few hotels here which only adds to the attraction of Mafia as the beach destination for the adventurous traveler.
Mafia is primarily known for its sea wonder, the Marine Park which was created to protect its reefs. The snorkeling, fishing and diving here are the best in the whole region, limitlessly better than those to be found on Zanzibar. When Zanzibar holidays do not provide advanced diving, Mafia has plenty to challenge and reward the advanced diver – as well as numerous sheltered bays and coves that are great for novice to intermediate divers. Snorkeling is also magnificent.
The atmosphere of all the islands is one of adventure: days are spent fishing or exploring exposed sand bars and untouched reefs. Perhaps best for those mad keen on making diving the central focus of their Tanzania holiday.
5km off the north-east coast of Zanzibar. Ringed by a mile (1.6km) of delicate, powder-white coral sand, where turtles come to nest, this 12-hectare (30-acre) private island has at its heart a tropical forest that is home to nothing more dangerous than butterflies and cute suni antelope. Essentially, the entire island is a breathtaking ivory beach, studded with a patch of causarina pine forest and surrounded by protected coral reefs. Activities range from fishing to dolphin watching.
The privately-owned island is home to a luxury &Beyond beach resort, and use of the island is reserved exclusively for its guests. Non-guests are welcome to make use of the reef, but they’re not allowed close to the shore.
Pongwe Beach is a far off spot to unwind and relax. Free from the bustling and hustling of the more commercial beaches in Zanzibar, Pongwe is quiet and provides you with enough space to yourself. It is the ideal place to visit if you seek privacy and intimacy or on a romantic date. There are fewer restaurants here so you may have to depend on food from your hotel. If you are interested in snorkeling and diving, the destination is about an hour’s drive away.
Kiwengwa is an incredible beach for families with kids. Over the beach, there are major hotel establishments with standard swimming pools and facilities. There are also provisions for budget options – smaller lodges as well as Airbnb houses for rent. Swimming at Kiwengwa beach is not always conceivable, particularly at low tide, so in some cases, it’s better to stick to the swimming pool facilities in your accommodation. You can see Tanzania travel guide