If you are more the authentic side of Zanzibar, Jambiani Beach is the place for you. This beach is significantly less touristy than some of the other beaches, making it somewhat of a hidden gem.

Tourists who do venture here boast that it is one of the best places to visit in Zanzibar. This small fishing village is home to friendly locals, happy kids, and fresh, flavorful food. The quintessential beach town, Jambian Beach, has emerald green waters gently colliding with powder-like sand.

The beach is excellent for relaxing or biking around around the village, but there is plenty to do if you are feeling a little bit more adventurous. You can snorkel or dive with the “real” locals, like the octopus, several varieties of tropic fish, sea horses, and stingrays, or take a deep-sea fishing trip to catch the big trophy fish. If you want to pick up a new sport, kite and windsurfing are also popular.


If you are traveling solo or looking for of a social vibe. Nungwi Beach could be the right fit for you. With resorts and hostels lining the beach and bars and restaurants lining the streets, it is an easy place to meet new people and get travel tips on other epic places to see.

This beach town is known to have an energetic and lively nightlife where you can find good food, great drinks, and dancing. If you are not into nightlife but prefer natural adventures instead, mellow sunset cruises on traditional dhow sailboats are offered.


In Swahili, Nakupenda means “I LOVE YOU”, and this lovely beach will surely make you feel warm inside and outside. During low tide, long stretches of sand are visible, and it is the perfect place to find sun and solitude.

The sun here is extra strong, so you will want to have a good quality beach umbrella to protect you from its intense rays. When visiting Nakupenda Beach, most people pair it with a trip to Changuu Island.

If you decide to book a tour, you well be provided with a full and fresh seafood lunch.


Changuu Island flourishes, especially underwater. You can go snorkeling and swim with turtles and other fabulous sea life amongst the thriving coral reefs.


Paje Beach is one of the best beaches for water sports. Kite surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving are the biggest attractions for both tourists and locals here.

The translucent waters make it deal for underwater exploration for divers and swimmers. Surfers can even find a fun break or two to catch some fun waves. If you are already certified to scuba or free dive, you can opt to take your gear out to the dive sites.

If you have never gone scuba diving before, or you are still working towards your certification, there are top-rated dive schools to take you to these great sites.

If diving is not your thing, snorkeling offers a glimpse into this fascinating alternate world.


Secluded and Serene, Pongwe Beach is ideal for a romantic getaway or anyone needing a quite, solo holiday.

There are only a handful of places to eat and sleep at here, giving it a different feel than the previous two beaches.

You will have to book far in advance to guarantee a spot on the remote beach.


Bwejuu Beach is specially beach for kite surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving are the biggest attractions for tourists and locals here.

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