Tanzania - Zanzibar Beaches

Zanzibar boasts amongst the best beaches in the world, with coconut palms and powder soft coral sands washed by shimmering clear seas. The beaches in Zanzibar are paradise, scattered with picturesque fishing villages, where people live a simple way of life, unchanged over the years. There are more than 25 fantastic beaches, and some are so peaceful and remote that the only noise breaking the silence is the ocean.

The Zanzibar archipelago is reputed to have some of the best diving in the world. The waters around the island are awash with colourful marine life. Good visibility (20-60 metres) and a year-round average water temperature of 27°c ensure that you enjoy your Zanzibar diving experience.

Diving in Zanzibar isn't restricted to beginners. Experienced scuba divers can enjoy exciting wall dives, night dives and drift dives. In deeper waters, lush coral gardens often stretch as far as the eye can see, and large game fish such as barracuda, kingfish, tuna and wahoo hunt together with large Napoleon wrasse, graceful manta rays and sharks.

Shallower waters are the playground of tropical fish, including a huge variety of Indo-Pacific marine fauna.

The beaches on the east coast include Matemwe, Pwani Mchangani, Kiwengwa, Uroa, Bwejuu and Jambiani. The sea is generally fairly shallow here - at high tide it can cover the beach and at low tide it almost seems to disappear.

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The Baraza Resort & Spa is one of the top-ranking boutique resorts in the region, located on a superb fine sand beach.
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Opened in May 2013, The Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa offers expansive ocean front accommodation, on what is reputedly the best beach in Zanzibar.
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This boutique hotel offers stunning accommodation and breathtaking views on a perfect romantic island getaway.
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Matemwe Retreat is situated just north of the Matemwe Main Lodge, surrounded by the best beaches and close to the Mnemba Atoll, which offers spectacular diving and snorkelling.
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The discerning traveller need look no further than The Palms for the ultimate reclusive getaway. The resort delivers all the luxurious comforts and amenities of a five-star hotel, in an intimate setting.
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The Residence Zanzibar, which opened in 2011, is the only member of 'The Leading Hotels of the World' in Tanzania.
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This friendly, family-owned hotel, on a pristine Zanzibar beach, is the perfect choice for a romantic tropical escape.
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The hotel is set in the midst of exotic and colourful tropical gardens inviting you to enjoy the pristine views over the Indian Ocean.
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The property is set amongst tropical gardens and offers a good choice of water sports and other activities.
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An intimate and elegant boutique hotel with first-class facilities, nestled in an idyllic natural cove overlooking the Indian Ocean. This is a family-friendly hotel which provides true luxury and personal service.
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The Gold Zanzibar is an oasis of luxury and elegance, where you can relax in the gentle laid back atmosphere. It is situated beside the Indian Ocean, on the beautiful white sand beach of Kendwa, one of the few non-tidal beaches in Zanzibar.
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Meliá Zanzibar is a luxury All Inclusive beach resort situated on the northeast coast of the exotic island of Zanzibar, also known as the 'Spice Island'. The hotel is built on a 40 acre estate with a beach of pearlescent white sand lapped by w...
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Zawadi Hotel sits on a cliff, with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, framed by swaying coconut palms and bougainvillea. It is a private, intimate beach retreat with only nine spacious villas, perfect for a romantic getaway.
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Matemwe lies on a coral rock, surrounded by the best beaches, and is right opposite the Mnemba Atoll, which offers spectacular diving and snorkelling.
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Carefully and tastefully decorated in a Zanzibari style with a wide range of facilities, the Bluebay is a great resort with a fine beach.
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Fumba Beach Lodge is a luxurious and peaceful hideaway, offering a perfect blend of casual elegance and friendly, first class service. Set in 40 acres of exquisite wilderness with three naturally sheltered beaches.
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This is a delightful resort on one of the best beaches on the east coast of Zanzibar. It is built in traditional island style and provides a relaxing stay together with great service and accommodation.
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The resort has been meticulously created, emulating traditional Zanzibar style, using the best in local design, interiors and furnishings, and meeting high international standards.
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A unique and enchanting resort, reflecting the traditional styles and charm of Zanzibar.
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Set in a tranquil location; the ideal place to relax and enjoy Zanzibar's distinctive, mellow pace. Dive into the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, or stretch out and soak up the sun on the beach.
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This attractive resort, on one of Zanzibar's unspoilt beaches, offers a lively and friendly atmosphere. The area is home to some excellent diving sites.
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An elegant, boutique hotel which blends contemporary design with traditional Zanzibari features. Set in tropical gardens with direct access to a white sand beach and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
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The Zanzibari is an intimate boutique hotel situated on a low coral cliff within easy reach of the sea. Peace and tranquillity are the bywords of this friendly, relaxed hotel.
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This is a spacious resort beside the Indian Ocean. The Paradise Beach Resort was built using materials which harmonise naturally with the environment, in an authentic African style whilst providing European comfort.
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A magical African resort with a choice of single-storey African style rondavel cottages nestled on the beachfront in wonderfully landscaped tropical gardens.
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Set on the east coast of Zanzibar, Mapenzi Beach Club blends with the natural environment of the surrounding landscape.

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