Zanzibar, known for its stunning beaches and rich cultural heritage, offers a variety of unforgettable experiences. Here are five unmissable things and activities to do in Zanzibar Beach:
Visit Stone Town:
Begin your Zanzibar adventure with a visit to Stone Town, the island’s historic heart. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a labyrinth of narrow streets, vibrant markets, and ancient buildings. Explore the winding alleys, admire the Arabic-inspired architecture, and learn about Zanzibar’s fascinating history and cultural blend.
Zanzibar is famous as the “Spice Island” due to its history of spice cultivation. Embark on a guided spice tour to explore the island’s spice farms and learn about the various aromatic plants grown here, such as cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. Engage your senses as you smell and taste the spices, and gain insight into Zanzibar’s spice trade heritage.
Snorkeling and Diving:
Zanzibar’s crystal-clear waters are a haven for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. Discover the vibrant coral reefs teeming with colorful marine life, including tropical fish, sea turtles, and dolphins. The popular spots for underwater exploration include Mnemba Atoll, Chumbe Island, and the Menai Bay Conservation Area.
Take a boat trip to Prison Island (also known as Changuu Island), located just off the coast of Stone Town. Explore the island’s historical buildings, including the old prison, and get up close with the giant Aldabra tortoises that inhabit the island. You can even enjoy some beach time and go snorkeling in the clear waters surrounding the island.
Relax on the Beaches:
Zanzibar is renowned for its breathtaking beaches with white sands and turquoise waters. Whether you choose Nungwi, Kendwa, Paje, or any other beach, you can indulge in pure relaxation. Bask in the sun, take a refreshing swim, and soak in the tranquil atmosphere. You can also try water sports like kiteboarding or simply enjoy the picturesque sunsets that paint the sky.
Remember, Zanzibar offers much more than these five activities. You can also explore Jozani Forest, go on a traditional dhow cruise, visit local villages, or savor delicious Swahili cuisine. Embrace the island’s charm, immerse yourself in its cultural tapestry, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Comprising part of a Unesco World Heritage site, the House of Wonders, aka Beit-al-Ajaib, is fragile in places to the point of collapse (and indeed, a partial collapse happened in December 2020, prompting the Omani government to pledge millions of dollars towards repairs). The largest house in East Africa upon completion in 1883, it was the first to have a lift, hence the House of Wonders name. It was also the first on Zanzibar to have the luxury of electricity. It tops the list of must-see sights in Stone Town, despite the current crumbling plight; the intriguing exhibits include garments, fishing implements and a traditional Swahili dhow vessel.