Best Beaches in Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

Recognized as the “World’s Largest Producer of Cloves” specifically cinnamon, black pepper, and nutmeg, Zanzibar Island deserves to be part of your bucket list. This island is the ultimate getaway destination of both local and foreign tourists, as it houses several beaches for relaxation, meditating, seafood experience and water sports activities. [Check out our Tanzania Visa Application Guide]

Best Beaches in Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Zanzibar, Tanzania | Photo by DJ Hoogerdijk under creative commons

Here are the best beaches in Zanzibar Island and their uniqueness!

Nungwi Beach

Along the northwest portion of the island is the beautiful Nungwi Beach. It is a highly-popular destination because of the silver-white sand and stunning coral reefs where dolphins, green turtles, and whale sharks are frequently seen. This diving and snorkeling paradise is also home to incredible sunsets. As twilight slowly befalls, the setting sun paints the horizon with kaleidoscopic hues that will literally take your breath away.  If you want to level up the experience, go for a sunset cruise via dhow sailing vessel. Nungwi Beach is also famous for its lively night entertainment.

Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar
Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar | Photo by Matt Kieffer under creative commons

Kendwa Beach

This slightly laid back beach is one of the best beaches in Zanzibar Island. The tides in this place do not change, promising wonderful snorkeling, diving, and swimming experience in the turquoise waters. Strolling along the long stretch of white sand while waiting for the amazing sunsets in this part of Zanzibar will make your visit unforgettable. It is also famous for its monthly full moon party where everyone drinks and grooves to afro-beats until dawn. There are lots of bars and restaurants offering authentic cuisines and thirst-quenching beverage.

Kendwa Beach, Zanzibar
Kendwa Beach, Zanzibar | Photo by Yoni Lerner under creative commons

Pongwe Beach

In the northeast part of Zanzibar lies a secluded bay where the Pongwe Beach is located. It is the best place to visit if you want to escape the crowds, rejuvenate, and have a digital detox. An offshore reef shelters this place, offering great snorkeling or swimming experience in its crystal-clear blue waters. This tropical paradise is also a favorite destination of honeymooners who want a private sanctuary to celebrate their new life as husband and wife. 

Pongwe Beach, Zanzibar
Pongwe Beach, Zanzibar | Photo by Zander Martineau under creative commons

Paje Beach

One of the best beaches in Zanzibar Island is Paje Beach. It is the haven of backpackers and adventurers who love adrenaline-pumping water sports activities like windsurfing and kitesurfing. The challenging waves and optimal wind conditions between December and February makes it one of the top destinations of professional surfers. For beginners, they can practice on two sheltered lagoons nearby. When it is low tide, Paje Beach offers a striking sight of silver, soft sand accentuated with fishing boats and shellfish.  And when you just want to relax and chill, there are many beach bars nearby.

Paje Beach, Zanzibar
Paje Beach, Zanzibar | Photo by Andres Pozo Muñoz under creative commons

Matemwe Beach

Matemwe Beach is the longest beach in Zanzibar Island, which is famous for its extreme tide conditions that are best for kayaking, sailing, kitesurfing, and reef walking. The area around this beach is perfect for snorkeling and diving. Nearby is Mnemba Atoll, the world-renowned destination of professional scuba divers. With its remote and secluded location, Matemwe Beach offers an opportunity for you to relax, unwind, and commune with nature.

Matemwe Beach, Zanzibar
Matemwe Beach, Zanzibar | Photo by Olivier Lejade under creative commons

Exploring these best beaches in Zanzibar Island will truly make your trip to Tanzania more memorable, a wonderful post-Safari activity that makes you see the uniqueness of this amazing country. 

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