Zanzibar is an archipelago of islands in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania’s east coast. Unguja, also known as Zanzibar, is the largest of these. This magical island is the stuff of fairy tales, with pristine beaches, hidden forests teeming with rare monkeys, enclaves favored by dolphins, and an ancient town with narrow, stone streets steeped in history. The beaches on the north and west sides of the island are endless, with turquoise waters and coral reefs. Continuous waves in the southeast are popular with surfers and dolphin watchers.
Visitors can go on excursions such as visiting a spice plantation, walking through Jozani Forest, deep-sea fishing, or meeting the impressive tortoises on Prison Island, some of which are over 150 years old! Those looking for deep relaxation can indulge in a massage and sundowner drinks on the beach.
Zanzibar has a rich history, influenced by the Arab world, Portuguese traders, and neighboring India. Visitors will notice intricately carved doors and beds, as well as powerful spices that flavor everything from food to coffee. While Zanzibar may feel like another world, it is still a part of Tanzania and a must-see part of any trip to this incredible country.