Idyllic beaches with soft white sand and sapphire waters; exotic honeymoons await

Wander the picturesque beaches of Thanda Island

Zanzibar is an exotic island paradise, encircled by some of the world's most amazing beaches. Lounge on the sugary white sand, swim in the crystal waters, and dive and snorkel through the stunning coral reefs; Zanzibar is the perfect way to end an adventurous holiday in Africa.  

The country is a haven for honeymoon trips, family holidays and those in need of some rest and relaxation after the action-packed safaris of the outback. We can recommend a wide variety of luxury hotel options, ranging from honeymoon hideaways to boutique beach lodges. 

For those looking for more adventurous wildlife experiences, Zanzibar's oceans are brimming with an incredible array of marine life. World class snorkelling and diving provide the opportunity to swim with shoals of dazzling fish, float alongside the giant whale sharks that frequent the waters, and see pods of playful dolphins frolicking nearby.  

Beyond the palm-fringed coastline and clear blue skies, Zanzibar is an historical and cultural gem. With an eclectic mix of African, Arabic, Indian and European influence, its towns are vibrant hubs of food, markets and attractions.  

Explore the world heritage site of Stone Town, the most important trading port in the Indian Ocean. The maze of alleyways are filled with colourful bazaars of clothing and spices, and you'll discover why Zanzibar is nicknamed 'the Spice Islands'.  

Turn a corner to see the amazing Sultan's Palace, the Portuguese Fort or the house of David Livingstone, before spending the afternoon soaking in a steaming Persian bath. 

It's worth spending some time on the more relaxed islands of Pemba and Mafia, two breathtaking destinations that remain untouched by mass tourism  

Pemba Island is cloaked in alluring forest and lush valleys, offering an authentic Swahili experience away from the crowds. Since Pemba receives fewer tourists than Zanzibar's main island, the locals are just as curious about your life as you are of theirs, and you'll have the opportunity to experience some special cultural exchanges. 

Mafia Island is completely laid-back, unspoiled and often described as how Zanzibar was, 30 years ago. Its unbelievably crystal blue waters are rich in wildlife, and the diverse array of marine, mangrove and coral reef ecosystems are protected within a spectacular marine park. 

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Where to go in Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a breathtaking archipelago made up of several islands. Zanzibar Island (known as Unguja) is the main island where you'll find historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a cultural melting pot of architecture, food, and alluring bazaars. Kick of your shoes and wander down the soft sandy beaches to see the Maasai, Swahili and Indian traders dressed in traditional attire as they go about their daily lives.  

Venture to the outer islands of Pemba and Mafia and be transported back in time, as you enter a tranquil world that remains untainted by mass tourism. These idyllic islands are absolutely pristine, boasting some of the finest beaches in the world and incredible marine life in protected marine reserves. Explore the lush jungle, traditional Swahili culture, and dive the gorgeous coral gardens to meet whale sharks, dolphins, turtles and huge shoals of luminous fish. Near Mafia Island is The Pinnacle, an impressive rock formation, home to moray eels, lobsters and occasionally manta rays. 

Where to stay in Zanzibar

Our fantastic lodge relationships in Zanzibar and its neighbouring islands, mean you get preferential treatment as a Wayfairer client & access to our excellent rates. View a selection of our favourites below.


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