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About Nungwi

Nungwi is one among the best beaches of Zanzibar Islands, located on the northern tip of Zanzibar island. It is known for its stunning white sandy beach, tourist activities and breathtaking sunset in the evening, Nungwi Beach is a perfect place for tourists looking for a lot of activities and fancy places to stay in Zanzibar.

Visitors to Nungwi Beach can organize tours, including snorkeling, Dolphins tours, scuba diving, Stone Town, Horse riding and many more. One of the popular attractions is the natural aquarium, where tourists can swim with turtles and observe a variety of marine life up close.

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

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

Nungwi Beach Images

Best Restaurants in Nungwi

Here is the list of best restaurants you can try in Nungwi.

Nungwi Village Location

Best things to do in Nungwi

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

Where to stay in Nungwi?

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

How to get to Nungwi Beach

To get to Nungwi Beach, you’ll first need to travel to Zanzibar Islands, 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 Nungwi Beach. The journey takes approximately 1 and Half hours, depending on traffic and road conditions. 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 your Holiday, price ranges $35 – $45.

If you’re traveling from Tanzania mainland, 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 Nungwi 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 Nungwi Village

Best Nungwi Holiday Packages

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

What is Nungwi Beach known for?

Nungwi Beach is known for its plenty of tourist activities, white sandy beach, sunset, best restaurants and resorts, swimming with the turtles at the natural aquarium and Horse riding in the ocean. All these are the reasons why you should visit Nungwi beach.

When is the best time to visit Nungwi Beach?

The best time to visit Nungwi 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 Nungwi Beach?

Yes, there are many accommodations available at Nungwi Beach, remember that Nungwi is a popular beach of Zanzibar, Hotels ranging from budget-friendly, mid range to luxury resorts.

What are the Luxury Resorts in Nungwi?

There are several luxury resorts in Nungwi Beach, including the Essque Zalu Zanzibar, Riu Palace Hotel, Royal Zanzibar and Nungwi Beach Resort.

What are the Budget hotels in Nungwi?

For budget-friendly accommodations, you can check out Smiles Beach Hotel, Amaan Bungalows, Nungwi inn Cottages, the Flame Tree Cottages, and Kigwedeni Nungwi Villas. But there are many other unpopular guest Houses which offer cheap rooms.

Is Nungwi Beach crowded?

Nungwi Beach can get crowded during peak season, especially around New Year’s time. However, there are many spots along the beach where you can find some peace and quiet.

What would you expect to eat in Nungwi?

Nungwi Beach is known for its fresh seafood, which is often grilled or cooked in a traditional Swahili style. There are also many best restaurants and cafes that serve a variety of local dishes international and vegetarians options.

What should I pack for a trip to Nungwi Beach?

It depends on what you are looking to do during your vacation, 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, all are included in the tour packages. 

Read our guide on what to pack for your Zanzibar vacation.

What currency should I take while visiting Nungwi?

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 Nungwi Beach?

Many places in Nungwi 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 Nungwi Beach?

Nungwi is not the best for Kiteboarding, if you are looking for the best place for Kiteboarding, then Paje is the best place you can visit. It is possible to visit Paje while staying in Nungwi.

Is there internet access at Nungwi Beach?

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

Is it safe to swim at Nungwi beach?

Yes, hundred percent, the waters at Nungwi Beach are safe for swimming, and you can swim regardless of high or low tides. 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 Nungwi Beach?

Yes, you can easily arrange a day trip to Stone Town from Nungwi Beach, either by taxi or organized tour. You can also combine Stone Town, Spice Farm and Prison Island on the same day.

Can I go scuba diving at Nungwi Beach?

Yes, Nungwi 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 while staying in Zanzibar, Nungwi is for you!

Is there a local market near Nungwi Beach?

Yes, there are several local markets near Nungwi Beach where you can buy fresh produce, seafood, local Zanzibar foods, souvenirs and tropical fruits of Zanzibar.

Can I go on a safari from Nungwi Beach?

Yes, while staying in Nungwi you can still organize Safaris to Tanzania mainland, Such as Mikumi National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

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