Which is the best beach in Zanzibar?

Unsurprisingly this is not a straight forward question. Like everything in life this very much depends on your preferences, however, it would be fair to say Zanzibar has some of the best beaches anywhere in Africa and arguably the world, the most popular of which are to be found along the east coast in the northern part of the island. The beaches in this region are protected by offshore coral reefs and have fine white coral sand, perfect for relaxing with the kids or surfing the waves strapped to a kite.

All beaches on Zanzibar offer something slightly different from one another, so check out our quick reviews of the most popular:



Matemwe Baharini Villas (1)

This is a long idyllic stretch of coast, offering fine sand and a great base from which to go snorkelling or diving. Guests to this part of the Zanzibari coast will also witness the traditional ways of the local village. Each morning the women harvest seaweed, whilst the fishermen string up their catch to be dried in the sun.

Best Places To Stay:
Matemwe Beach Village
Matemwe Lodge




Pongwe beach is about as close to the quintessential tropical island paradise as you can get. It is set in a small cove along the palm-lined coast which protects it from debris and seaweed being washed up on the shore. This is a good spot on the East coast, not too far from any of the islands other attractions although probably best suited for couples and romantics.

Best Places To Stay:
Pongwe Beach Hotel




This is a large village on the northernmost tip of the island. It is a lively fusion of traditional and modern styles and is a destination in itself. The beach again boasts beautiful white sands and idyllic setting, whilst only a few steps back you will find a host of guesthouses, bars, and restaurants. Nungwi definitely has the party atmosphere and is considered by some as the only place to be, however, others may choose to give it a wide berth in favour of more tranquil parts of the Island.

Best Places To Stay:
The Z Hotel




Kendwa is about 3km southwest of Nungwi and has a distinct atmosphere. It’s mostly quiet and laid-back unless there is a full moon, then the party goes all night. By day this is a long wide stretch of coast offering lots of activities and accommodation choices, slightly more spread out than Nungwi.

Best Places To Stay:
La Gemma dell Est
Star of the East

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