Tanzania is an adventurer’s paradise. Not only does it have endless wildlife, scenic landscape, mighty National Parks and rich cultural heritage, but it also has numerous beach destinations where you can just relax and blow off some steam. For the adventure seekers, Tanzania’s beaches offer an interesting variety of sports activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking, and many others.
Before we go on to discuss the top 10 beach destinations in Tanzania, let’s first discuss what actually makes an ideal beach destination.
The Ideal Beach Destination
When we talk about the ideal beach destination, a lot comes to the imagination. Bathing under the sun while sipping on cocktails and other exotic drinks, with your feet dipped in white sand as the sound of the water crashing against the shore calms your nerves.
The ideal beach destination has ample Sun exposure, a peaceful and calm ambiance, plenty of white sand, pretty palm trees, and interesting activities like swimming or other water sports available!
Now that we’ve discussed what the criteria of a good beach are, let’s go on to see the top 10 beach destinations in Tanzania!
Located on the outskirts of Dar e Salam, Kipepeo is a popular weekend getaway. This white sand beach with its laidback atmosphere is ideal for relaxing. As the day draws to an end, the beachgoers make their way to the beachside bars to enjoy cocktails while watching the sunset. The water is shallow and clear, making it a great beach destination!
This is the liveliest tourist spot in Zanzibar, known for its nightlife, especially the monthly Full Moon Parties. Beyond the nightlife, there are other activities you can enjoy which include snorkeling and scuba diving. You can even take a dip in the gentle waters. Kendwa beach is a bit noisy sometimes, so if you’re looking for fun and adventure, this beach is for you but if you want a peaceful and relaxing time, there are tons of other beaches in Tanzania for you.
These warm waters are great for swimming, kayaking, snorkeling and a sunset dhow cruise. Take a stroll on the beach during sunset to witness a dazzling display of colors. To make it more picturesque, a fleet of dhows prop against the waters for night fishing and their sails stand out against the sunset.
The sleepy village at Paje Beach is a perfect peaceful getaway. At low tide the water retreats right to the horizon, so you can walk for kilometers into the Indian Ocean with the water reaching just up to your ankles! It’s a great place to relax and de-stress.
Also known as Changuu, the beach is small and quiet and is perfect for a relaxed walk along the coast and spotting wildlife especially the Aldabra giant turtles, some of which are well over 100 years old!
Contrary to its name, Mafia Island is extremely inviting. A hidden gem, it is perfect for underwater activities. The main attraction is the marine park and if you’re up to the challenge, visit the more difficult to reach beaches along the south-eastern coast of the main island.
A perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The Stingray City is a fascinating dive site; you’ll find hundreds of stingrays gliding around. Take a local cooking class, go for a cultural tour to learn more about traditional life in the village, or head to Jozani Forest, where you’ll get to see monkeys playing amidst the trees.
Tanzania’s best kept secret, this large secluded bay of white sand was previously unknown. While you’re there, check out the mangrove forest, spot dolphins off the coast and take a boat to the nearby Maziwe Island.
A private island, away from the overcrowded public beaches, the Mnemba Island is just a mile further from Zanzibar. With white sand and calm blue waters, this beach is not one to miss. The ten reed and palm bands are well-spaced for privacy. You can even enjoy diving and snorkeling activities here.
One of the most remote and secluded beaches in the world, it can only host up to 12 visitors at a time. Your time at the island will be intimate with nature. A rich fauna, year-round dolphin visitors and Robinson Crusoe vibes are just some of the things you can expect from Fanjove Island.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and visit these wonderful beach destinations! While you’re there in Tanzania, don’t forget to check out the Arusha Food Guide so that you can taste Tanzania’s delicious cuisine during your stay!