This guide is for you if you are looking for the best beaches in Zanzibar!
Zanzibar is a Tropical archipelago found just a few miles from Tanzania mainland. Now, Zanzibar is becoming a most popular destination for tourists from different countries around the world.
Some travelers are coming from Tanzania Mainland after having their long Safaris, and others are coming with direct flights to Zanzibar from their countries. All these travelers have something in common, they all looking for the best beaches to spend their vacation in Zanzibar. In this guide we have listed best beaches you can choose to stay or go to visit.
Read More: Things to Do in Zanzibar For Your Vacation.
Here is a list of 24 best beaches in Zanzibar islands.
This beach is located on the North West part of Zanzibar (Unguja Island). About 66.2 km from Zanzibar Airport and 61.7 km from Stone town.
Kendwa beach is considered as the best beach in Zanzibar Islands and Tanzania as a whole. The perfect beach for swimming, snorkeling, diving and Sunbathing and many more! The beach is the home of different colored starfishes which make an unforgettable snorkeling experience for snorkelers. The ocean tides at Kendwa beach dont change compared to other beaches, this is the unique feature of this beach.
If you ever heard about Full Moon Party, then you can also find it here in Zanzibar. Kendwa beach is known for its Full Moon Party which takes place eachh month at the Kendwa Rocks Hotel, which is considered among the best full Moon Parties in the World.
How to get to Kendwa beach?
You can book a transport here to take you to Kendwa Beach from the Airport!
Cheap places to stay at Kendwa beach
Luxury Hotels at the Kendwa Beach
Nungwi beach is located on the North part of Zanzibar (Unguja Island). It is about 67.4 km from Zanzibar Airport and 62.9 km from Stone Town. It has been listed among the best beaches in Africa by CNN Travel for the year 2017.
Nungwi beach is the most famous and legendary of the beaches in Zanzibar. Many people and activities; Night clubs, Restaurants, and adventurous activities like swimming, Snorkeling, Swimming with turtles, Horse riding, Kayaking, Sky dive, and Diving, Nungwi is a popular place for dive centers in Zanzibar.
And if you are a solo traveler, Nungwi beach is a place to start meeting new friends. Masai and Beach boys call this place office, they sell their hand works and tours to the tourists. Also at the west part of Nungwi beach, you can experience the best sunset especially when you go to Sunset cruising with Dhow or Catamaran.
How to get to Nungwi beach?
Cheap Places to stay in Nungwi beach
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Matemwe beach is located on the North East coast of Zanzibar. It is about 53.2 km from Zanzibar Airport and 48.7 km from Stone town (Zanzibar city).
If you are looking for the best snorkeling spot in Zanzibar, then you should go to Mnemba Island snorkeling trip at Matemwe beach. This place is famous for snorkeling. Fishing at this place is forbidden, that is why you can see different beautiful sea creatures like Green turtles, Indo-pacific sergeant, Titan triggerfish, Twobar anemonefish, Moorish Idol and so on.
You can also spot dolphins while snorkeling, but it is not hundred percent, and you have to go early in the morning. Matemwe beach is not huge and famous like Kendwa beach, Nungwi or Paje and Jambiani beaches. But this is an amazing beach in Zanzibar for snorkeling!
How to get to Matemwe beach?
Here you can now book a transport!
Cheap places to stay in Matemwe beach
Luxury Hotels in Matemwe beach
Pwani Mchangani Beach
Pwani Mchangani beach is located on the North East part of Zanzibar Island. About 47.8 km from Zanzibar Airport and 43.3 km from Stone Town.
This is the windiest beach in Zanzibar which is perfect for Kiteboarding activities. You can also do other things like swimming, sunbathing, going game fishing and diving.
But, even Though Pwani Mchangani beach is a perfect place for kiteboarding, We highly recommend you to stay on Paje beach if it is your interest to do Kiting. This is because there are more kiting schools than Pwani Mchangani.
How to get to Pwani Mchangani beach?
You may click here to book a transport!
Cheap places to stay in Pwani Mchangani
Luxury Hotels in Pwani Mchangani beach
Kiwengwa beach is located on the East part of Zanzibar (Unguja island). It is about 45.7 km from Zanzibar Airport and 43.3 km from Zanzibar city.
This is among the best beaches to stay in Zanzibar, the whitest and longest beach on the west of Unguja Island. Perfect beach for swimming, sunbathing, kiteboarding etc.
Kiwengwa beach is sometimes called the “Little Italy” because the beach is occupied by Hotels and resorts which receive a lot of tourists from Italy. You will find so many local beach boys selling some goods to the tourists on the beach.
How to get to Kiwengwa beach?
Cheap Hotels & accommodation at Kiwengwa beach
Luxury Hotels and Resorts at Kiwengwa beach
Uroa beach is located on the East part of Zanzibar (Unguja Island). About 40.7 km from Zanzibar Airport and 38.3 km from Stone Town.
If you are planning only staying in the Hotel or just walking around the hotel’s beach, it might be option for you,
Uroa beach is a very quiet beach, the wind here is so relaxing and amazing!! There are not too many beach activities, like other beaches.
But, if you are really interested in beach walking, meeting new friends, doing some activities like Nightclubs, Diving, Snorkeling etc. this may not be the best option for you. You should go to other beaches like Kendwa and Nungwi beaches.
How to get to Uroa beach?
You can get your private transport here!
Cheap Hotels at Uroa beach
Luxury Hotels at Uroa beach;
Pongwe beach is located next to Uroa beach before you arrive at Kiwengwa beach. It looks similar to Uroa beach, its village’s occupations are the same; they are small-scale fishers, they use traditional ways of fishing. Pongwe beach is where you can find Rock Restaurant like The Rock Restaurant in Michamvi. Which is called The Island.
Michamvi beach village is found on the Michamvi peninsula East Coast of Zanzibar (Unguja Island). About 64.6 km from Zanzibar Airport and 63.7 km from Stone Town.
Because of its peninsula, Michamvi beach is divided into two parts; Michamvi Pingwe on the East part and Michamvi Kae on West,
Michamvi Pingwe beach is where the famous The Rock Restaurant is found. The Rock Restaurant is the popular restaurant in Zanzibar which is found on the rock, during high tides, it is surrounded by water and during low tides it becomes dry and you can’t even imagine if the water will surround this beautiful rock.
The restaurant is famous on instagram photos about Zanzibar. They have both tables for Vegetarian and non Vegetarians, you only need to book your table before you arrive at this Restaurant.
And, Michamvi Kae is the west part of michamvi peninsula, this is the only beach in Zanzibar South East where you can see the sunset. If you have enough budget you can book your stay at Isaraya Water Villas at Konokono Beach Resort, These are the luxurious overwater villas which are only found at Michamvi beach in Zanzibar.
How to get to Michamvi beach?
You may book a transport here.
Cheap Hotels to stay at Michamvi beach
Luxury Hotels at Michamvi beach
Bwejuu beach is located western part of Unguja Island (Zanzibar), between Michamvi beach on the north and Paje beach on South. About 52.9 km from Zanzibar Airport and 52.0 km from Stone Town (City).
Bwejuu beach is a best choice if you want to visit Zanzibar for relaxation, this is the quietest beach, no too many activities compared to other populated beaches.
This is the ideal beach when you are coming from Mainland for Safaris, and now it’s a time for relaxation with family, friends, or couples. Also, if you are coming to Zanzibar for Honeymoon, Bwejuu beach is a choice for you.
How to get to Bwejuu beach?
Here you may book a transport.
Cheapest Hotels/ accommodation at Bwejuu beach
Luxurious Hotels at Bwejuu beach
This beach is located on the South East coast of Zanzibar Island (Unguja). Located between Bwejuu beach and Jambiani beach. About 49.8 km from Zanzibar Airport and 49.0 km from Stone Town.
Paje beach is considered as the best beach for Kiting in Zanzibar Islands. If you are interested in kiting for your Holiday, we highly recommend you stay at this beach. Not only Kiting sport, but also a great place for Snorkeling, diving and other activities. There are plenty of local stores where you can go and buy fruits, local foods, or hand works like sculptures and paintings.
Paje beach is among the best Holiday destinations for Kiting in Africa Continent. Also, you can buy different tours & excursions; Jozani Forest, Snorkeling trips, Stone town tour, Spice tours and so on.
How to get to Paje Beach?
Here you may start booking a transport.
Cheap Places to stay in Paje beach
Luxurious Hotels in Paje Beach
Jambiani Beach is located on the South East coast of Zanzibar Island (Unguja). About 55.6 km from Zanzibar Airport and 54.7 km from Stone Town.
Clean and white sand beach with various local restaurants you can find at this beach.
Beautiful beach for swimming during high tides but it is difficult during low tides. Ideal beach for Snorkeling and diving, there are different species of tropical fishes like Seahorses, Coral trout, Jobfish, Trevallies etc.
Jambiani beach is featured with seaweed women farmers, you may find them when you walk on a beach especially during low tide time. Cuza cave is the must visit place when you stay at Jambiani beach Zanzibar. This is the ancient limestone Cave with crystal clear turquoise water for swimming. You can participate in various activities in the cave like local drumming, dancing, and traditional cooking class. This place is visited by different tourists from different other beaches, not just Jambiani beach.
How to get to Jambiani beach?
Here you can book a transport.
Cheap Hotels at Jambiani Beach
Luxurious Hotels in Jambiani Beach
Kizimkazi beach is located on the Southern part of Zanzibar Island (Unguja), at Kizimkazi Fishers village. About 60.2 km from the Airport and 59.3 km from the Stone Town.
Kizimkazi beach is a famous beach in Zanzibar for swimming with Dolphins, so many tourists book their boat trips to swim with the wild dolphins and snorkeling. If you are looking for a less touristy beach in Zanzibar, then Kizimkazi beach is for you. This is the local fishermen village with not too many Hotels, Bars, or restaurants compared to all other beaches in Zanzibar.
Also, the history of Dimbani Mosque at Kizimkazi village is another thing that Kizimkazi is known for, this Mosque was built in 1107 by Shirazi Settlers.
How to get to Kizimkazi Beach?
You may book a taxi here.
Cheap Hotels at Kizimkazi beach
Luxury Hotels at Kizimkazi Beach
This is the smallest beach in Zanzibar found at the Eden Rock Zanzibar Hotel in Makunduchi, at Mtende Village. Here at Zanzibar World, we receive different bookings to provide transport for the Travelers who want to go to this beautiful and tranquil beach. We actually, We take them in the morning and back to their Hotels during the evening. But, if you are thinking of staying at this beach, then you can book your room at the Eden Rock Zanzibar Hotel.
Mnemba Island Beach
Mnemba island is a private Island located on the northern east coast of Zanzibar Island (Unguja), in Matemwe village. The beach is private, with super white and clean sands.
Swimming with Dolphins, Whale sharks; Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing, Sun bathing; all you can do at Mnemba Island.
If you have enough money and are looking for an unforgettable honeymoon with privacy, then Mnemba Island is best for you. You can book your stay at Mnemba Island via the AndBeyond website. Price for Mnemba Island starts at $1270 Price includes all other activities in the Island.
If you are only interested in snorkeling near this beautiful coral private Island, we have a daily trip to Mnemba Island for Snorkeling.
This is the beach near Forodhani Garden in Stone town. The popular beach in Zanzibar for locals who live around Zanzibar City, it is crowded with young locals, children and Tourists especially during the weekend and every evening before the sunset.
You can go watch local boys performing acrobats and capoeira during the evening. It’s free and they are very friendly with tourists. Forodhani beach is a departure place to the Prison Island.
Nakupenda Sandbank is about a 20 minutes boat trip from the stone town. Nakupenda beach is listed on Top Travelers Choice Beach in Africa – TripAdvisor 2020. This is one among snorkeling spots near Stone town. Best place to chill for couples, Families, Friends.
How to Go to Nakupenda Beach?
If you are interested in going to Nakupenda Sandbank, you can start here.
Prison Island Beach
Prison Island is famous for the Giant Tortoises, but the beach is another thing that many people do not talk about. Small but perfect beach for sunbathing, playing with families, couples and so on. Also you can do snorkeling at the prison island in case you go with us.
After watching tortoises and snorkeling, most of our travelers decide to relax on the beach. If you want to visit the Prison Island, we may help you start here!
Chapwani Island Beach
Chapwani is a private Island surrounded by beautiful coral reefs, it is located near Stone town, about 20 minutes boat trip from the coast of Zanzibar Stone town. Chapwani island is also known as Grave Island, this is because of the existence of graves of Casualties from the First World War.
This is a private Island, so there is no crowd like any other beaches in Zanzibar. Best place for Swimming and Snorkeling, sunbathing. In order to get to Chapwani Island, you must first book your stay through their website.
Dongwe beach is between Bwejuu and Michamvi beaches in Zanzibar South east. This is a small beach which gives you a real indian ocean feel. Beautiful lined palm trees which give amazing relaxing shadows for travelers. This beach is so relaxing, there are huts you can go to relax and hide from the shiney sun during the day. You can also book trips to Snorkeling, Diving, Kayaking, Paddleboarding, going to Cuza cave, Jozani forest etc.
Chumbe island is a natural coral park Island of Zanzibar located on the South western coast of Unguja Island, about 8 miles from the coast. This is a 16 acre stunning marine island park which includes beautiful natural coral reefs sanctuary and forest. Its beach is not too big but there are a lot of other amazing things to do; like Snorkeling, Diving, Forest Walking, going to see coconut crabs during the night, intertidal walks during the low tide, Historical monuments.
Chumbe Island beach is a small beach of Zanzibar with a lot of activities. Also you can go relaxing on the beach, there are beach huts and swinging beds special for guests who relax on the beach. Even though the beach is small, Chumbe Island beach is not overcrowded because this is a private Island.
Bawe Island beach
Bawe Island is located about 5 miles off the west coast of Zanzibar Island. It is an approximately 30 minutes boat ride from Stone Town. Bawe has a heaven beach in Zanzibar Archipelago with pristine white sands, turquoise calm water, and lined with natural good looking trees.
A lot of fascinating fish species, coral reefs which give a paradise experience for snorkelers and divers. You can book Bawe Island with just one Villa or an entire Island. If you are visiting Zanzibar with a group of friends, families, then Bawe Island is best for you.
Located on Fumba peninsula, west coast of Zanzibar Island (Unguja). This beach is famous for Safari Blue Trip and here is a starting point where tourists get on the Traditional boats and start their trip toward Menai Bay conservation area. There are so many activities on this trip like swimming, snorkeling, sandbank relaxing, visiting Kwale Island and having seafood lunch with tropical fruits.
This island is located near Chake Chake coast in Pemba Island. It is an isolated island from the tourists. If you are staying on Pemba Island and looking for the best place for snorkeling and diving, this is the best island to visit; a lot of sea creatures like green turtles, hawksbill turtles and varieties of sea species.
You can also go see Caves, Vervet Monkeys, coconut crabs, and other animal species, but there are no dangerous animals around the Island. There are no lodges or villas around this Island, but it is surrounded by the sandy beach that will make you feel like home. You can ask your Hotel to organize you to visit this island, all Hotels in Pemba will be able to take you there.
Vuma wimbi Beach
Clean and tranquil beach in Zanzibar which is found on the north western coast of Pemba Island, at the east side of Kigomasha Peninsula just a few miles from Ngezi Forest. Clear and crystalline water with white sands make this beach to be unique on the north part of Pemba Island.
Summary About Zanzibar Beaches
As you can see in the above list, we have mentioned about 24 beaches you can visit here in Zanzibar. But it must be hard for you to decide which one you should go to. So, here is a summary that will help you to decide which beach is for you to visit according to our experience.