Zanzibar is magical: the spice-scented, quintessential Indian Ocean idyll. Tropical, turquoise waters lap miles of palm-fringed, sandy beaches.
For hundreds of years, traders and travellers have eulogised about Zanzibar’s intoxicating aroma of spices, its beautiful beaches and the bustle of its Moorish capital, Stone Town. It’s name alone – as evocative as Timbuktu, Casablanca or Kilimanjaro – is alluring enough for many to dream of visiting.
Just a short hop across the water from mainland Tanzania – of which Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part – is this lush array of islands. It’s impossible not to be enchanted as you approach from the air: clear, sparkling waters, darkened only by patch reefs, and punctuated by the billowing triangular, white sails of passing dhows.
On land, chic beach retreats, intimate converted palaces, private island villas and fun family-friendly resorts offer warm welcomes and totally tropical experiences. Be it trailblazing models of responsible tourism or world-class sophistication, the options are myriad.
The capital’s heart, ’Stone Town’, is an UNESCO.
Heritage Site: a labyrinth of narrow winding alleys dotted with bustling markets, eclectic souvenir shops and fine merchant houses hidden behind intricately carved doors. It’s an exotic urban backdrop and a fascinating insight into the islands’ Omani heritage.
For many, it’s the Indian Ocean beach experience that has the greatest lure: palm-lined stretches of powder-white coral sands, warm waters and coral gardens teeming with marine life. From adrenalin sports to simple seaside fun; sipping sundowners to deep-sea diving; some of the islands’ most magical moments definitely centre on the sea.
Above the waves, kite-surfers showcase their aquatic aerobatics, snorkellers ply the shallow lagoons and traditional dhows take fishermen in photogenic flotillas beyond the reef. Below the surface, tropical fish and turtles entice divers of all abilities, and starfish-studded intertidal walks are fascinating. And from the shoreline, watching golden sunsets melt into the sea make for perfect ends to laid-back island days.
activities in Zanzibar
diving and snorkelling in Zanzibar
The Zanzibar archipelago is surrounded by coral reefs, hidden in the sparkling blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Many are very beautiful, and so great places for snorkeling and diving – but here we aim to highlight the best.
Top of our list must be the huge reef around Mnemba Island, which is vast and dwarfs the island by comparison. (Just zoom out from the satellite view of Mnembato see what we mean!) As well as the top-end Mnemba Island Lodge itself, most of the lodges in north and north-east Zanzibar will do many of their dives here, so it’s not a quiet reef.
Deep Sea Fishing
As you will learn on your fishing trip to Tanzania, it is typically conducted by trawling with two to seven lines trailing from the boats but if you would prefer to try fly fishing or bottom fishing like at Leven Banks and off the reef around Nungwi, you can discuss it with your boat captain. The boats also have a collection of lures for you to try.
Other techniques like spinning, jigging and popping are all possible. With Redunca Safaris, you could plan your angling holiday in Zanzibar year round with varied fishes caught like barracudas, wahoo, king and queen mackerel, giant trevally, kingfish and many more. August to November are the months for the yellowfin tuna and a good way to pinpoint their location is by looking for flocks of marine birds flying over sections of the ocean to dive and catch the fish that the tuna passed up on.
Spice and stone town Tour
On this excursion you’ll find tropical fruits, spices and other rare species of plants are among the different vegetation. The Spice Tour in Zanzibar is not only an excursion but a rare experience to prove out why Zanzibar is referred to as the Spice Island.
The cooler months are from June to August and the hotter months are from December to February. They in turn have created a grand ecosystem of their own where an amazing variety of marine creatures proliferate. Some of the underwater locations around Zanzibar are ideal for snorkeling because of their shallow depths and excellent visibility.
This is a morning excursion, the main attraction of the Dolphin Tour Zanzibar being able to swim close to the dolphins, actually its swimming with the dolphins. Being very social themselves you can even get to play with them.
Swimming with Dolphins
Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of the Bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins, which are sighted following a short boat trip from the village. The dolphins are very friendly and playful. The best part is getting into the water and play with them.
The prison – which is now owned by a hotel – was built in 1893 and was originally intended to house violent prisoners from the mainland and sick people.
You will get the opportunity to visit the tortoise sanctuary, which contains a large colony of giant tortoise imported from the Seychelles in the late 19th century. The average weight of these creatures is 200 kg, and many of them are said to be over 150 years old. There will be a chance to touch the tortoise and take photos. The island is also a home to a colony of beautiful peacocks.
Safari Blue Tour in Zanzibar is the Zanzibar number one full day trip, this is a sea adventure safari starts from Fumba fishing village, south west coast of the island, the major attraction is to swim, snorkeling, sea foods and sailing within the traditional dhow, the history of traditional dhow dated back to the 15th and 16th centuries, the ages of the monsoon winds and the Arab movements,
we inboard into sailing dhow at 9:00am ahead to sandbank for the relaxation, swimming and beach walking, Tourist will have great time to test the tropical sea foods including octopus, calamari, lobster, shrimps, shark, shell fish, tuna fish, baracuda etc.