Zanzibar is a small and beautiful island with pristine turquoise waters and white powdered sands. The island offers the best beaches, interesting activities like snorkeling, visiting spice farms and wonderful seafood delicacies for food lovers.
Here are the top 11 places to visit in Zanzibar:
1) Stone Town – The place is the cultural hub of Zanzibar. You can explore the ancient streets with lots of jewelry and craft shops. If you are tired shopping then hit the coffee shop for a wonderful and aromatic coffee.
2) Nungwi beach – Nungwi is a small village with very low population. This is one if the top beaches in Zanzibar. There are lots of quality restaurants and hotels in this region. It’s a place to relax and see the sunset. The sea water is crystal clear and warm which makes this place the finest beach in Zanzibar.
3) Prison Island – It takes a 20 minute boat trip to reach Prison Island from Zanzibar. If you would like to explore the history of this region where people were used as slaves then you can visit this place. Right now this place is widely known as a nature reserve for giant tortoises reaching ages of over 200 years.
4) Forodhani market – This night market is an absolute ‘must’. If you’d like to experience some of the best street food, it is here. Zanzibar style. You can find fresh fish, vegetables and other food items. If you are a seafood lover then this is the place to go to.
5) The Rock of Zanzibar – Many people visit Zanzibar just to eat at this world renowned restaurant.Set in the middle of the sea, you can reach there by walk in low tide but during high tide you require a boat to reach the Rock. The same group that owns The Rock also own Kichanga Lodge where you can stay and enjoy the best Zanzibar beach accommodation.
6) Palace Museum – It’s widely known as Sultan’s Palace. It’s one of the oldest buildings in Stone Town. The museum was built in the 19th century just overlooking the ocean.
7) Spice Tour – You are in the best part of the world if you are a spice lover. The spices are locally grown and sold in streets by local merchants. There are lots of varieties of spices available in this place and you can feel the wonderful aroma when you visit this place. Zanzibar is also known as “Spice Island”.
8) The Old Fort – One of the oldest buildings in Stone Town. Its located on the seafront, it was built in the 17th century. You can shop local produce in the courtyard.
9) House of Wonders – A historical building in Stone Town where exhibitions are held about the Zanzibari and Swahili culture. It’s the tallest building just opposite the seafront.
10) Jozani Forest – This is one of the last indigenous forests left in Zanzibar. You can reach by bus or hire a taxi. It is famous for the red Colobus monkey. Its spread in an area of 2512 hectares. A wonderful experience for sightseeing and photography.
11) Mnemba Atoll – Ride on a slow sailing Dhow boat, a trip which you will never forget. This place is the perfect destination for snorkeling enthusiasts which hosts many species of fish like barracuda, eels, snappers etc.
Popular beach activities to do in Zanzibar
Zanzibar Island is the place to be if you love the sand, sun and sea. With many stretches of scenic beaches and miles of powdery white sand, an island is a perfect place for you to indulge in some fun activities. You can enjoy beach sports with your family and friends – a great opportunity to bond and have fun during the holiday. The popular beach sports include football, tennis and volleyball. Many waterfront resorts such as Dongwe Ocean View and Kichanga Lodge provide some sport facilities for their guests. Beach games are a favourite pastime in Zanzibar and the locals always look out for the opportunity to engage willing tourists. Game time is always a fun time on the Zanzibari beaches!
Scubadiving is an adventurous activity to try out on your visit to Zanzibar. The first time you take a breath under water will be a memory for ever. Scuba diving opens a whole new world – that of the world under the ocean. You can dive in the ocean if you’re an experienced diver. If you’re not, you can take classes at a number of certified dive centers dotting the island. Usually PADI certified, these dive schools teach and train hundreds of people interested in diving to dive for the first time, providing an appreciation of the safety and rituals of good preparation and communication. There’s a small group of 6 divers per guide and you will be able to escape the large crowds and still have fun diving in the ocean. The Rising Sun Dive Centre, as well as Buccaneer Diving are located on the South East of the island, easily accessible from both Kichanga Lodge and Dongwe Ocean View Hotel.
This surface water and wave-riding sport is a favourite past time on Zanzibar beaches. Lose yourself and have a refreshing experience surfing along the stunning shoreline. Steady and often gentle breezes make Zanzibar an ideal place to try for the first time. Tidal movements can create strong currents, so first-timers may want to slow down and kite-surf with experienced surfers. The beach is always colourful and filled with people kite-surfing or participating in other related activities.