Uroa is one of the East coast beach villages of Zanzibar Island, known for its beach, local lifestyle and some stunning resorts. It is situated in the middle between Pongwe and Chwaka beach. From Uroa beach you can explore the real local Zanzibari way of life.
Uroa is not famous like other beaches of Zanzibar, but as a visitor you can organize many activities like Dolphin Tours, Snorkeling at Mnemba corals, Kiteboarding, Scuba Diving, and fishing trips.
Accommodations in Uroa range from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxury resorts. You can choose the one that suits your budget and preferences. But most places here are cheap to stay. If you are on a budget, then you can book your nights here and have day trips to other parts of the Island.
This travel guide to Uroa will cover all you need to know about this beach.
Uroa Beach Images
Uroa Village Location
Best things to do in Uroa
Here are the best things you can organize while staying in Uroa beach!
Where to stay in Uroa?
Here are the best Hotels and places to stay in Uroa beach.
How to get to Uroa Beach
To get to Uroa 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 Uroa 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 Uroa Beach.
Some people use Daladala of Uroa Pongwe 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 journey to Uroa more enjoyable.
Getting around Uroa Village
Best Uroa Holiday Packages
These packages you can customize if you would like to stay in Uroa beach.
FAQ About Uroa Beach
What is Uroa Beach known for?
Uroa Beach is known for its white beach, tranquil atmosphere, budget accommodation and the local life experience of the villagers. This is the best stop if you are from south to he north beach on the Island.
When is the best time to visit Uroa Beach?
The best time to visit Uroa 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 Uroa Beach?
Yes, there are many accommodations available at Uroa, 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 Uroa?
There are several luxury resorts in Uroa Beach, including the Uroa Bay Resort and Zanzibar Bay Resort.
What are the Budget hotels in Uroa?
For budget-friendly accommodations, you can check out Uroa Beach Lodge and Moonshine Hotel. But there are many other unpopular guesthouses that offer cheap rooms.
Is Uroa Beach crowded?
Uroa 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 Uroa?
Uroa 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 Uroa 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 Uroa?
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 Uroa?
Many hotels in Uroa 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.
Is there internet access at Uroa Beach?
Yes, like other popular destinations in Zanzibar, there are many cafes and restaurants at Uroa Beach that offer free Wi-Fi, and many hotels and guest
Is it safe to swim at Uroa Beach?
Yes, the waters at Uroa 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 Uroa?
Yes, you can easily arrange a day trip to Stone Town from Uroa. You can also combine Stone Town, Spice Fam, and Prison Island. It will depends on your interests.
Is There A Local Market Near Uroa?
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 Uroa?
Yes, while staying in Uroa, you can still organize safaris to Tanzania mainland, such as Mikumi National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.