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About Chwaka

Chwaka is a fishing village located on the east coast of the island of Zanzibar, about 31 kilometers from the Stone Town. It is on the way if you are going to Uroa and Pongwe beach.

Chwaka is known for its idyllic surroundings and tranquil atmosphere. The village is surrounded by lush vegetation, palm trees, and beach. It is an unpopular destination for tourists but if you are looking to stay away from the busier areas of Zanzibar, you can book your stay in Chwaka.

The main attractions in Chwaka are Jozani Forest and the Chwaka Bay, which is a large shallow bay with mangrove forests and a diverse marine ecosystem. The bay offers opportunities for SUP Tours, Kayaking, and boat tours to explore the rich biodiversity of the area. 

This travel guide to Chwaka will cover all you need to know about this beach.

Chwaka Beach Images

Best Restaurants in Chwaka

Here is the list of best restaurants you can try in Chwaka

Chwaka Village Location

Best things to do in Chwaka

Here are the best things you can organize while staying in Chwaka beach!

Where to stay in Chwaka?

Here are the best Hotels and places to stay in Chwaka beach.

How to get to Chwaka Beach

To get to Chwaka Beach, you’ll first need to travel to Zanzibar Island, which is located off the coast of Tanzania. The easiest way to reach Zanzibar is by flying into Zanzibar International Airport, Kisauni.

From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a shared shuttle to Chwaka. The journey takes approximately 40 – 50 minutes depending on traffic. Another option is to arrange for a private transfer with your hotel or tour operator in advance. Organizing your private transfer in advance is the best option if you visit for a Holiday, price ranges $35 – $40.

If you’re traveling from mainland Tanzania, you can take a ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar, which takes approximately 2 hours. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a shared shuttle to Chwaka.

Some travelers use Chwaka Daladala from Darajani because it is a cheap option, but be prepared for an uncomfortable ride, especially if you’re prone to motion sickness. It’s recommended to choose a more comfortable mode of transportation, such as a taxi or private transfer, to make your Holiday more enjoyable.

Getting around Chwaka Village

Best Chwaka Holiday Packages

These packages you can customize if you would like to stay in Chwaka beach.

Zanzibar 3 Days 2 Nights Package

Zanzibar 4 Days 3 Nights Package

Zanzibar 5 Days 4 Nights Package

Zanzibar 6 Days 5 Nights Package

Zanzibar 7 Days 6 Nights Package

Zanzibar 8 Days 7 Nights Package

FAQ About Chwaka Beach

What is Chwaka Beach known for?

Chwaka is known as a fishers village, close to Jozani forest, Chwaka bay, tranquil atmosphere, budget accommodation and the local life experience of the villagers. This is the best stop if you are from Stone Town to your Hotel in Uroa or Pongwe.

When is the best time to visit Chwaka?

The best time to visit Chwaka and Zanzibar as a whole is during the dry season, which runs from June to late March. The weather is warm and sunny during this time, and the waters are calm and clear.

Please check our guide on the best time to visit Zanzibar Islands.

Are there accommodations available at Chwaka Beach?

Yes, there are some budget-friendly guesthouses to mid range resorts. You can choose the one that suits your budget and preferences.

Is Chwaka Beach crowded?

Chwaka Beach is not crowded compared to other popular beaches in Zanzibar. If you want to stay away from noisy but few touristic activities, then this is one among the options.

What would you expect to eat in Chwaka?

Chwaka is just like other beaches of Zanzibar, it is known for its fresh seafood, which is often grilled or cooked in a traditional Swahili style. There are also many restaurants and cafes that serve a variety of international and local dishes including vegetarian options.

What should I pack for a trip to Chwaka?

It depends on what you are looking to do during your vacation, but in general, you should pack light, comfortable clothing, swimwear, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera for taking photos. If you plan to go snorkeling or diving, you don’t need to bring your equipment as it is included in the tour packages.

Read our guide on what to pack for Zanzibar Islands holiday.

What currency should I take while visiting Chwaka?

The local currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling, but US dollars are widely accepted in Zanzibar. It’s a good idea to carry some cash for purchases at local markets and smaller establishments. 

You may read our guide on the currency in Zanzibar.

Can I use Credit card in Chwaka?

You can use credit cards in the Hotel, but it’s always a good idea to carry some cash in case you need to pay for something that doesn’t accept cards.

Is there internet access at Chwaka beach?

Yes, like other popular destinations in Zanzibar, if you are in the Hotel you can get a WiFI, or you can buy a local sim card from the Airport. 

Is it safe to swim at Chwaka Beach?

Yes, the waters at Chwaka beach are safe for swimming especially during the high tide. But it’s always important to be careful if you visit with a kid.

Can I go on a day trip to Stone Town from Chwaka?

Yes, you can easily arrange a day trip to Stone Town from Chwaka village. You can also combine Stone Town, Spice Fam, and Prison Island. It will depends on your interests.

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