Pongwe is one of the best beaches on the East coast of Zanzibar Island. It is located between Kiwengwa beach and Uroa. Pongwe Beach is an ideal destination for tourists seeking tranquil atmosphere on the beach. The beach offers stunning ocean views and breathtaking morning sunrises. Visitors can organize different activities while staying in Pongwe, such as Dolphin Tours to Mnemba, Snorkeling, Kiteboarding to Kiwengwa or Paje, Scuba Diving, and fishing trips.
Accommodations in Pongwe range from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxury resorts, catering to various budgets and preferences, although most of the accommodation here is economic because it is a less popular beach compared to beaches like Nungwi and Kendwa. The beach also boasts numerous restaurants and cafes serving fresh seafood, as well as local and international dishes, including vegetarian options.
This travel guide to Pongwe will provide you with all the necessary information about this beautiful beach.
Pongwe Beach Images
Best Restaurants in Pongwe
Here is the list of best restaurants you can try in Pongwe
Pongwe Village Location
Best things to do in Pongwe
Here are the best things you can organize while staying in Pongwe beach!
Where to stay in Pongwe?
Here are the best Hotels and places to stay in Pongwe beach.
How to get to Pongwe Beach
To get to Pongwe 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 Pongwe Beach. The journey takes approximately 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 Pongwe Beach.
Some people use Daladala of Uroa 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 journey to Pongwe more enjoyable.
Getting around Pongwe Village
Best Pongwe Holiday Packages
These packages you can customize if you would like to stay in Pongwe beach.
FAQ About Pongwe Beach
What is Pongwe Beach known for?
Pongwe Beach is known for its white sand beach, tranquil atmosphere, budget accommodation and the famous restaurant called the Island which is located in the Island Lodge. This is the best stop if you are from south to he north beach on the Island.
When is the best time to visit Pongwe Beach?
The best time to visit Pongwe 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 Pongwe Beach?
Yes, there are many accommodations available at Pongwe Beach, ranging from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxurious resorts. You can choose the one that suits your budget and preferences. Most of then are the cheap option.
What are the Luxury Resorts in Pongwe?
There are several luxury resorts in Pongwe Beach, including the Pongwe Bay Resort and Azao Resort.
What are the Budget hotels in Pongwe?
For budget-friendly accommodations, you can check out Pongwe Beach Hotel and Season Lodge. But there are many other unpopular guesthouses that offer cheap rooms.
Is Pongwe Beach crowded?
Pongwe Beach is not crowded compared to other popular beaches in Zanzibar. If you want to stay away from noisy, then this is one among the options.
What would you expect to eat in Pongwe?
Pongwe 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 Pongwe 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 Pongwe?
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 Pongwe?
Many hotels in Pongwe 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 Pongwe Beach?
You wont find kiteboarding in this beach, 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 Pongwe.
Is there internet access at Pongwe Beach?
Yes, like other popular destinations in Zanzibar, there are many cafes and restaurants at Pongwe Beach that offer free Wi-Fi, and many hotels and guest
Is it safe to swim at Pongwe Beach?
Yes, the waters at Pongwe beach are safe for swimming especially 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 Pongwe?
Yes, you can easily arrange a day trip to Stone Town from Pongwe. You can also combine Stone Town, Spice Fam, and Prison Island. It will depends on your interests.
Is There A Local Market Near Pongwe?
If you are looking for the place where you can buy fresh produce, seafood from local fishermen, local Zanzibar foods, souvenirs, and tropical fruits of Zanzibar. We recommend you visit Stone Town, Kiwengwa or Nungwi.
Can I Go On A Safari From Pongwe?
Yes, while staying in Pongwe, you can still organize safaris to Tanzania mainland, such as Mikumi National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.