the best beaches in zanzibar

The best beaches in Zanzibar

24 July 2018

There are so many amazing beach destinations in the world – and Zanzibar is right up there with the best of them. This little island might only be 100km long and 40km across, but it sure makes the most of its gorgeous coastline! Check out the east coast for ivory white beaches protected by an impressive barrier reef. Head up to the north coast for laid-back vibes and gentle tides. Then wander down south where super-secluded beaches provide your own slice of paradise.

Nungwi beach (north coast)

It’s not hard to see why Nungwi Beach gets the title of best beach in Zanzibar. Translucent blue water and powdery white sand create the picture-perfect setting for an island holiday. Sway the day away in a hammock. Float along on gently rolling waves. And catch some rays on the sun-drenched shores. A lively collection of backpackers and hotels line the beachfront, so ice-cold cocktails and tasty snacks are never more than a few sandy footsteps away.

Kendwa beach (north-west coast)

Within walking distance of Nungwi, Kendwa has a beauty all of its own. This rare gem offers all the ivory white sand and glittering azure water of its neighbour but with a more remote vibe. One great claim to fame for Kendwa is its colourful full moon parties held every Saturday after the full moon. Hosted in relaxed Hakuna Matata style, these evenings are super fun but way more laid back than the wild party vibes of Thailand.

Matemwe beach (north-east coast)

With views over the picturesque island of Mnemba, secluded Matemwe Beach has plenty to offer beach lovers in search of an escape from the crowds. This long, unspoiled beach is perfect for sunset strolls, while greeting friendly locals from the fishing village along the way.

Kiwengwa and Pongwe beach (east coast)

Sometimes called ‘Little Italy’ due to all of the Italian-run resorts along its beautiful coastline, Kiwenga is perfect for relaxing in the clear blue waters at high tide. Pongwe Beach offers a truly secluded experience popular with couples and honeymooners looking to get away from it all.

Kizimkazi beach (south coast)

While not particularly developed from a tourism point of view, most visitors to Kizimkazi beach go for the amazing swimming and snorkelling. At high tide, lucky visitors may even have the beach all to themselves – it’s like having your own private paradise!

Bwejuu and Dongwe beach (the south-east coast)

A privacy-lover’s dream, Bwejuu in the south and Dongwe further north offer endless white beaches only interrupted by the odd fisherman bringing his dhow boat to shore. Bars and restaurants are few and far between, instead spend your days enjoying swimming, snorkelling and sun tanning in ultimate peace.

Paje beach in the (south-east coast)

This one’s for the adrenaline junkies. Easily the best island for diving, kite surfing and sailing, Paje draws plenty of thrill seekers to its gorgeous shores. The water’s not great for swimming at low tide, so rather swing by one of the great bars and restaurants to grab a drink and tasty meal while mingling with fellow travellers.

Grab your flip flops, slather on some suntan lotion and slip on your sunnies, it’s time for the beach! Book your beach holiday in Zanzibar now. 

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