The Perfect Island Getaway: Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Pristine beaches, crystal blue waters, tall swaying coconuts trees, and the mouthwatering Swahili food all make Tanzania's Zanzibar island stand out from all other African islands. It’s indeed the perfect island getaway.
Here are some of the best reasons to choose Zanzibar as your next getaway destination.
Although the mainstream Zanzibar beaches are very popular for their events and dynamic parties, there exist a few beaches that have not yet been discovered by many tourists. Beaches like Matemwe, Jambiani, and Bewejuu are hidden gems. The balmy weather and the scenic views of these remote beaches fill the travelers with a sense of tranquility. These beaches are not very far away from the main ones hence, allow tourists a hassle-free and peaceful ride. Secluded from the crowds and away from the hustle and bustle of city life, these beaches are ideal for unwinding yourself and reconnecting with nature.
If you’re looking for lively beaches filled with vibrant watersports activities like scuba diving, snorkeling and kitesurfing, you can visit the more popular beaches of Zanzibar, including Nungwi, Stone Town and Paje beaches.
The main island of Zanzibar is considered the ‘hub of culture’ in Tanzania. It has got everything under one roof. From amazing food to friendly people to the eye-catching architecture, each and everything reflects its vibrant culture. It’s home to 'Stone Town,' a UNESCO World Heritage site. Narrow alleyways, catholic churches, beautiful mosques, and Omani palaces speak volumes about the unique blend of this country's cultural mix. Old houses made of coral limes with their plasters peeling off make up for aesthetically pleasing photos - a paradise for photographers and Instagram influencers!
Zanzibar’s Swahili food is to die for! Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island due to its huge farming and processing of rich and flavorful spices. Black pepper, lemongrass, nutmeg, cinnamon, and many more aromatic spices make Swahili food one of its kind. Cooked with fresh herbs and spices and seafood straight out of the ocean, the traditional food of the Zanzibar Island will satisfy all your spicy food cravings and will keep you wishing for more! Stroll through the markets of the island and munch on the delicious samosas, bhajia, and mandazi.
Best Water Activities
Zanzibar provides the perfect under-water destination for world-class water activities. It is the ideal spot for backpackers and adventurous divers with tons of beach activities waiting for them. The diverse, spectacular, and well-preserved aquatic lives make the waters a paradise for divers. Whether you choose to shore dive or reef dive, both of them would be an unforgettable experience. Zanzibar offers an extensive list of water activities to water sports enthusiasts. Activities like windsurfing, kiteboarding, water-skiing, and island hopping will keep you entertained throughout your stay. Every dawn brings with itself a new adventure here, so come prepared!
The Best Beach Parties
Zanzibar islands are known for their raving beach parties. People from all around the globe have chosen Zanzibar’s beaches as their top spot for beach parties. Witness the loud music, jolly crowd, fantastic food, and best cocktails at the world’s most happening beach parties. The island knows how to get the party started as it is the top spot for new year celebrations and star-studded summer parties!
Luxurious Hotels and Resorts
Relax and enjoy top-notch services alongside the shore in Zanzibar's most luxurious resorts and hotel rooms. Known as an amazing romantic getaway, the secluded rooms and palatial hotel suites that open into the ocean give you the best opportunity to spend some quality time with your better half. The beautiful sunsets and the unending shores are perfect for long walks and romantic dhow cruises.
So, what are you waiting for? Visit the paradise island and have a great vacation!
Don’t forget to check out the Expert Guide on Selous Game Reserve while you’re in Tanzania!