1. Swim in the ocean and laze on sandy beaches
An early morning swim? Float in the sea? Snooze in a hammock? Read a book? Worship Hyperion? We highly recommend doing them all when in Zanzibar!
Bwejuu – a palm-lined beach that's one of the island's quietest. Kendwa – a wide beach that's not effected by the tides and has epic sunsets. Nungwi – the best beach for night life. Kizimkazi – the coastline is raised and drops down to form lovely coves. Jambiani – a beautiful, quiet, palm-lined beach. Michamvi-Pingwe – a remote sequence of picturesque coves. Matemwe – the longest beach in Zanzibar and it has traditional fishing villages where the land meets the sand. Pongwe – a beautiful beach that's an arc and offers maybe the best swimming conditions because the nearby reef keeps the water really calm and safe.
Is the water warm throughout the year?
The sea water around Zanzibar is perfect for swimming all year round. It never gets too cold, even for fussy swimmers!
2. Go on a guided tour of historic Stone Town
The history of Stone Town has been shaped by many cultures, including the British, Indians and Persians. But the main influences have been Arabic and Swahili.
3. Explore Stone Town on your own
4. Go on a spice tour
During its heyday in the spice trade, Zanzibar earned the nickname the Spice Island.
5. Make some space for street food
6. Visit beautiful Uzi Island
Uzi Island can be reached by road at low tide, or by boat at high tide.
7. Take a boat ride to Prison Island
8. Spot wildlife in Jozani Forest
Zala Park and Zanzibar Butterfly Centre
9. Eat at the Rock Restaurant Zanzibar
10. Snorkel and dive the coral reefs
Zanzibar's clear, calm waters are perfect for snorkelling, diving and scuba diving.
Note that the island's western beaches aren't much affected by tides, while the eastern beaches are quite tidal.
11. Go scuba diving
Nyange Reef near Stone Town is gorgeous and the cheapest reef to access. The barrier reef off the southeast coast is full of soft corals. The heart-shaped Mnemba Atoll off the northeast coast of Unguja has a host of reefs, and there's a good chance of spotting turtles here. Leven Bank is an undersea mountain in Pemba Channel (just north of the island) where you could well spot barracudas and moray eels. The blue lagoon near Michamvi village is ideal for beginners as the coral gardens here are shallow and sheltered.
12. Interact with wild animals at Cheetah's Rock
13. Go on a dhow cruise
14. Visit the seaweed farms of Paje
15. Stay on Pemba Island
Pemba has been dubbed the Emerald Island.
Pemba Island is very, very different from Unguja Island.