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About Matemwe

Matemwe is one of the best beaches of Zanzibar Islands, located on the northeast coast of Zanzibar Island. It is known for its stunning coral reefs, and breathtaking sunrise in the morning. Matemwe Beach is a perfect place for tourists looking for a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

Visitors to Matemwe Beach can participate in various activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, Dolphin Tours, and Kiteboarding. One of the unique attractions of Matemwe beach is its famous Mnemba Island, which is a popular diving and snorkeling spot in Zanzibar.

Accommodations in Matemwe range from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxury resorts, and there are many restaurants and cafes serving fresh seafood and other local and international dishes including vegetarian options. 

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

Matemwe Beach Images

Best Restaurants in Matemwe

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

Matemwe Village Location

Best things to do in Matemwe

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

Where to stay in Matemwe?

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

How to get to Matemwe Beach

To get to Matemwe 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 Matemwe Beach. The journey takes approximately 1 hour, 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 – $45.

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 Matemwe Beach.

Some people use Daladala because it is a cheap option, but be prepared for an uncomfortable ride, especially if you’re prone to motion sickness.

Getting around Matemwe Village

Best Matemwe Holiday Packages

These packages you can customize if you would like to stay in Matemwe 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 Matemwe Beach

What is Matemwe Beach known for?

Matemwe Beach is known for its long stretch of pristine white sand and crystal clear water at Mnemba Island, sunbathing, and water sports activities like Kiteboarding for some days. It is also known for its beautiful coral reefs, making it a popular spot for snorkeling, diving and dolphins.

When is the best time to visit Matemwe Beach?

The best time to visit Matemwe Beach 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 Matemwe Beach?

Yes, there are many accommodations available at Matemwe Beach, ranging from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxurious resorts. You can choose the one that suits your budget and preferences.

What are the Luxury Resorts in Matemwe?

There are several luxury resorts in Matemwe Beach, including Kasha Boutique Hotel, Emerald Luxury Resort, Zanzibar Queen Hotel and Sunshine Marine Lodge.

What are the budget Hotels in Matemwe?

For budget-friendly accommodations, you can check out Mbuyuni Beach Village, Kasha Boutique Hotel, and Zanzibar Queen Hotel. But there are many other unpopular guesthouses that offer cheap rooms.

Is Matemwe Beach crowded?

Matemwe Beach is less crowded compared to other popular beaches in Zanzibar, but it can still get busy during peak season. However, there are many spots along the beach where you can find some peace and quiet.

What would you expect to eat in Matemwe?

Matemwe Beach is known for its fishing activities, therefore fresh seafood are common, 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 vegetarians option.

What should I pack for a trip to Matemwe Beach?

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 Matemwe?

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 cards at Matemwe Beach?

Many places in Matemwe Beach accept credit cards, but it’s always a good idea to carry some cash in case you need to pay for something that doesn’t accept cards.

Can I go kiteboarding at Matemwe Beach?

Yes, its possible to go kiteboarding, but if you are looking for the best place for it, then Paje is the best place to visit. It is possible to visit Paje while staying in Matemwe.

Is there internet access at Matemwe Beach?

Yes, there are many cafes and restaurants at Matemwe Beach that offer free Wi-Fi, and many hotels and guesthouses also offer internet access.

Is it safe to swim at Matemwe Beach?

Yes, the waters at Matemwe Beach are safe for swimming, best time to swim is during 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 Matemwe Beach?

Yes, you can easily arrange a day trip to Stone Town from Matemwe Beach. You can also combine Stone Town, Spice Fam, and Prison Island

Can I Go Scuba Diving At Matemwe Beach?

Yes, Matemwe Beach is a great spot for scuba diving, with many dive shops offering equipment rentals and guided dives. If you are looking to go diving near the Mnemba Island while staying in Zanzibar, then Matemwe is for you!

Is There A Local Market Near Matemwe Beach?

Yes, there are several local stores near Matemwe Beach where you can buy fresh produce, seafood from local fishermen, local Zanzibar foods, souvenirs, and tropical fruits of Zanzibar. These markets are a great place to experience the local culture and try local foods of Zanzibar.

Can I Go On A Safari From Matemwe Beach?

Yes, while staying in Matemwe, you can still organize safaris to Tanzania mainland, such as Mikumi National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. 

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