Where to stay while in Zanzibar Island.

Travelers often ponder the question: “Where should I stay in Zanzibar?” Your dream vacation in Zanzibar deserves the right accommodation. Understanding the different parts of Zanzibar is essential, as each offers unique experiences. Here’s an insight into various regions:

Zanzibar’s Northwest Beaches: Nungwi & Kendwa

Nestled close, these popular beaches offer stunning beauty and activities like jet skiing, parasailing, and scuba diving. Nungwi is famous for its active atmosphere, while Kendwa is known for its full moon parties. However, these areas can be crowded and may have higher prices.

Why Nungwi?

  • Variety of water activities.
  • Socially active environment.
  • Party-like atmosphere with bars.
  • Turtle sanctuary.
  • Favorable tidal patterns for swimming.
  • Drawbacks:
  • Less peaceful, with potential harassment by beach merchants.
  • Higher-priced resorts (except Kendwa).

Kendwa Beach:

  • Adjacent to Nungwi with similar characteristics.
  • Hosts Kendwa Rocks Beach full moon parties.
  • Activities: snorkeling, scuba diving, water sports, etc.

Zanzibar’s Eastern Beaches:
Less crowded, these beaches like Paje, Jambiani, Matemwe, and others are characterized by low tides. They offer kite surfing and are more budget-friendly.


  • Matemwe beach, the longest in Zanzibar.
  • Pongwe beach, a non-tidal beach, great for privacy and luxury.
  • Kiwengwa beach, family-friendly.
  • Michamvi’s beaches, beautiful and remote.
  • Bwejuu beach, quiet and peaceful, offering various activities.

Zanzibar’s Western Beaches & Stone Town:

A blend of African, Arabic, and colonial styles, Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along with local beaches, it offers historic sites and is a prominent tourist attraction.

Zanzibar’s Southern Beaches:
Home to fishing villages and small coves, the south side like Kizimkazi and Mtende offers an authentic atmosphere. Dolphin tours are quite popular here.

Tanzania Exclusive & Private Islands:
For those seeking privacy, Mnemba Island, Chumbe Island Coral Park, Chapwani Island, and Fanjove Island offer exclusive stays.

For example:

  • Mnemba Island: A private paradise with 10 bandas, perfect for honeymoons.
  • Chumbe Island: Offers 7 pastoral Eco-bungalows for an eco-friendly stay.
  • Chapwani Island: A small private island with 10 rooms and a special Sunset Villa.
  • Fanjove Island: A six-bed private island with beautiful beaches.

In Conclusion:

Zanzibar offers a diverse range of experiences from lively parties at Nungwi to peaceful relaxation at the private islands. Booking accommodations at selected hotels like Zuri Hotel, Doubletree Resort, or others may even include round-trip airport transfers. Make your choice based on your preferences and budget, and immerse yourself in the Zanzibar experience. Whether you’re after vibrant parties, water sports, or serene solitude, Zanzibar has something for every traveler.

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