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Zanzibar is an archipelago composed of islands in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of mainland Tanzania. The largest of these is Unguja, known popularly as Zanzibar. This magical place is the stuff of fairy tales; pristine beaches, clear ocean waters, hidden forests with rare monkeys, enclaves favored by dolphins, and an ancient town with narrow, stone streets, steeped in history are the main highlights in Zanzibar.

Zanzibar beaches

Zanzibar offers the world’s most beautiful beaches. Soft white sandy beaches surrounded by colorful coral reefs and the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar island has about 25 beaches, sprinkled with fishing villages. Should you stay north or rather choose the south or east coast of Zanzibar?


Zanzibar’s best beaches are on the north and east coast of the island, all with crystal white sand and colorful coral reefs. Nungwi and Kendwa are one of the most popular beaches since they do not have to deal with high and low tides. It has a chilled atmosphere with a number of restaurants, bars, and accommodation options. So, if you seek real peace and privacy you should visit another part of the island (like the east or south). The north is home to villages like Uroa, Pongwe, Kiwengwa, Nungwi and Kendwa.


On the east coast of the island, you will find the most idyllic beaches. Along the eastern coastline runs a beautiful coral reef, a top world spot for snorkeling and diving. You can immerse yourself in the abundance of marine life, such as sea horses, turtles, and many tropical fish. The beaches on this east coast are very tidal. During low tide, you can take a walk on the beach and enjoy the ocean views. If you love wind- or kite surfing this is the right place for you. Matemwe beach is the longest and one of the most beautiful ones on this site of the island. Like in the north, there is a wealth of accommodation options.


This part of the island is known for its long stretch of soft sandy beaches. It is the best spot on the island for sailing or kite- and windsurfing, thanks to steady winds. Hop on a traditional wooden sailboat (dhow) and sail the ocean, or go swimming with dolphins at Kizimkazi (south). Here you will find little villages like Jambiani, Paje, and Bwejuu. These small fishing villages have a nice timeless atmosphere with friendly people. One of our favorite villages is Jambiani. Check out why we think Jambiani is the place to be in Zanzibar.


The southwest coast is a bit more remote with fewer lodges and deserted beaches. The beaches in the west and south of Zanzibar are less popular, although there are some beautiful beaches with gentle tides. If you visit the south, do not forget to go to Menia Bay Conservation Area. This is a spectacular underwater world for divers. The western coast is home to the fascinating old Stone Town, the cultural and historical Centre of Zanzibar.

Excursions during your Zanzibar holiday

The tropical island of Zanzibar is known for its beautiful white sandy beaches and coral reefs. But Zanzibar does not only offer laid-back beach life and watersport activities but also a colorful culture and history. The opportunities are endless, there is a lot to do for everyone in Zanzibar.

Spice tour

Visit a spice farm and learn how spices, herbs, and fruits grow and are used as medicine.

Kite surfing

Thanks to its steady seashore winds, Zanzibar is an ideal spot for wind- or kitesurfing, especially the beaches at Paje, Kiwengwa, and Nungwi.

Mountain bike tour

If you like some exercise and adventure go on a biking tour to explore the island. It offers you a nice insight into the daily way of life and beautiful nature.

Walking tour in Stone town

The old Stone Town is the historical Centre of Zanzibar and an amazing mix of food lovers and culture enthusiasts who can visit interesting cultural places like Sultan’s Palace, the House of Wonders, the Slave Market, and Darajani or Forodhani food markets. You can ever dinner at Freddie Mercury’s former house, who was born in Zanzibar.

Prison Island

Visit the deserted island that was once used as a place where slaves were detained. Nowadays Prison Island is a place to relax at the lovely white beach. It is ideal for snorkeling, swimming, or sunbathing. You can also see the old prison ruins and about a hundred giant land tortoises.

Safari Blue

Enjoy the natural beauty of Zanzibar on a traditional wooden sailboat (dhow). Visit 3 beautiful islands where you can swim, snorkel and enjoy a delicious barbecue. Another popular snorkeling trip is to Mnemba Atoll, one of the most beautiful snorkel spots in Zanzibar.

Jozani Forest

Go on a walk through the last indigenous forest and mangroves in Zanzibar. The huge palms in this forest are impressive and you will see lots of monkeys like the rare Red Colobus Monkeys.

Restaurant the Rock

This restaurant is built on a rock in the ocean. An awesome place to eat and enjoy the views.

Chumbe Island

This uninhabited small coral island is a true snorkeling paradise. It is the first private marine park in the world and has only 7 beautiful eco-friendly bungalows, surrounds by pristine nature.

Best time to visit Zanzibar

The most popular time to visit Zanzibar is during the dry season, from June to October and from December to February. However, Zanzibar Island is a great beach destination all year round. Even during the wet season (mid-March, April, May, and November), it is beautiful since the rain showers don’t last much longer than 30 minutes and the temperatures still remain around 28 C. February is the hottest month in Zanzibar (average 28 C), while July (average 24 C) is the coldest. Given its tropical climate, it’s always a good time to visit Zanzibar.

Zanzibar Hotels

Zanzibar offers a wealth of lodges, hotels, and resorts. It has everything ranging from basic accommodation to ultra-luxury. Kilele Climb knows most of the accommodations in Zanzibar so you can always contact us for advice.