Looking for adventure or relaxation?Zanzibar has a wealth of activities to satisfy even the most demanding explorers from drift dives and kite surfing to dhow sunset cruise and pampering. We believe that this is one of its key advantages over other Indian Ocean Islands along with its friendly nature and sensible pricing.
Below we have compiled a quick list of possibilities however the list goes on. Our expert advisers in the UK and our ground team in Zanzibar are uniquely placed to ensure you get the best from your Zanzibar holiday or honeymoon.
Talk to us and we can make it happen.
Top 10 things to do in and around Zanzibar:
Explore Stone TownStone Town is a World Heritage site and is the most atmospheric and vibrant of all the remaining traditional Swahili settlements. Architecturally it’s a fusion of African and Arab influences not dissimilar to the medinas of Morocco with its narrow streets, twists and turns. Culturally modern Stone Town is a lively melting pot that embraces visitors and manages to offer a selection of fine dining and curious attractions without compromising its old world charm. Consider one or two nights depending on your preferences. We would recommend the Zanzibar Palace or The Swahili House. Both offer excellent locations and consistently receive glowing feedback from our guests.
SnorkellingThe Safari Blue excursion offers full day sailing around mangroves and snorkelling along some of the best coral reefs Zanzibar has to offer followed by the best seafood barbeque you will ever have and an exotic fruit tasting session. Suitable for beginners and more experienced snorkelers alike and should be on everyone’s ‘must do’ list.
This trip can be done from anywhere although it departs from Fumba in the south west. (road transfers are provided) If you would prefer a less structured day then head to Matemwe. The snorkelling around the world famous Mnemba Island is amazing.
Dive the Mnemba AtollMnemba Island is an atoll set just off the northeast coast near Matemwe. Diving at Mnemba is stunning, on the inside it’s like being in a giant aquarium and the outside offers excellent wall and drift dives. The island itself is a breeding ground for turtles and they are often seen gliding by along with dolphins, huge schools of fish, whale sharks and humpbacks when in season.
Spice up your lifeFor those interested in culture and history, no trip to Zanzibar would be complete without a tour of a traditional spice farm. Over the years Zanzibar has been one of the largest exporters of cloves and other spices and has been used as a welcome stop over for the many merchants exploiting the trade winds on route to India.
Girl band not included. This trip can be done from anywhere.
Zanzibar Butterfly ProjectAs you have probably gathered from looking around our website we believe responsible tourism is the best way to improve standards for local people and wildlife. All of the properties we support play an active role in developing the local community and by staying there you bring much needed money into the area. Many of them will give you the option to go and see the various projects such as schools should you wish.
Zanzibar is also home to a few initiatives not belonging to any hotel with one of the best being the Zanzibar Butterfly Project. We would highly recommend you take a look.
Swim with Wild DolphinsZanzibar offers a unique opportunity to track and swim with one of the oceans most captivating creatures. This is a truly magical experience that will stay with you forever. Each morning the local pod of dolphins wake from their overnight spot in Menai Bay and prepare themselves for the day ahead, playing with the tourists is just part of their morning routine. This trip can be done from anywhere as long as you are prepared to travel to the south coast. If you would prefer to be nearby we would recommend Unguja Lodge.
Catch the breezeKite surfing has been a growing sport for some time and now Zanzibar has caught up. I imagine there are few places as magical as Zanzibar to practice however I need little excuse. Kite Surfing is immensely fun, hugely addictive and incredibly exhilarating. Sessions can be arranged at all levels from your first time up.
Equipment can be provided. Kite Surfing centres are located in the north at Nungwi and on the east, near Paje and at Matemwe.
Get marriedGetting married on Zanzibar is becoming more and more popular. Maybe it’s because of the warm azure water and the white powder beaches, or maybe it’s because of the guaranteed sunshine and the famous Zanzibari hospitality, or maybe it’s because you can hire your own private island for you and your party or take exclusive use of an entire resort; with so many good reasons to get married on Zanzibar it’s hard to pick one. Whatever you’re looking for talk to us and we can make it happen.
Pamper yourselfIf all the above sounds like too much like hard work then why not book yourself some serious ‘me time’ and enjoy one of Zanzibar’s world class Spa facilities found in some of Africa’s best boutiques and resorts. Fine food, excellent wine and glorious weather will complete the experience and leave you deliciously indulged.
Image: Breezes Beach Club and Spa For a luxury Spa retreat we would recommend Breezes, Baraza or Kilindi.
Do absolutely nothingSometimes there is nothing better than nothing. We spend so much of our time running around chasing the day at home and why would you want to do the same whilst away. Sometimes all you want is a good book and fantastic beach on which to chill out and unwind. Zanzibar is the land of the laid back and after a few days you’re guaranteed to slip into Zanzibari time.
Reserve your spot now. For some serious chill time we would recommend, Kilindi, Kono Kono or Pole Pole on Mafia Island.