Destination Review – The Spice Island of Zanzibar

Just as exotic as its name would suggest, the Island of Zanzibar is a wonderful destination for those looking for a tropical beach paradise in the Indian Ocean.

Destination Review - Island of Spice Zanzibar

Nestling just a short hop from mainland Tanzania, the archipelago of Zanzibar holds prime position along East Africa’s coastline, and with its eclectic mix of nationalities, cultures and religions, it really does have something to offer everyone.

From the chaotic markets and labyrinth of narrow cobbled side-streets of Stone Town, to the long stretches of pure white sand in Kiwengwa, Zanzibar Island is just about as diverse as the people who live there, which makes it even more enchanting and inviting to those looking for a truly unique holiday experience.

There are several hotels to be found in Stone Town, but as it homes the islands main shipping port, the swimming possibilities are limited.  Those looking for picture-postcard perfect beaches need to head to the northern or eastern coastlines of Nungwi and Kiwengwa, where sunshine and powdery white beaches fringed by coconut palms come as standard.

Destination Review - The Island of Spice Zanzibar

Nungwi is a popular resort with travellers, and is one of the only beach areas in Zanzibar that does not have to deal with changing tides.  Kiwengwa is where you will find the islands luxury five-star hotels, and while the tides change throughout the day, the water is never more than a short stroll away.

Luxury Five Star Hotels in Zanzibar

The food found in Zanzibar is fresh, fragrant and quite simply delicious due to the fresh fish and seafood, exotic fruits, and herbs and spices that grow in abundance on or around the island. Influences from India, Africa, Persia and Arab lands have put a new twist on traditional recipes, and you never have to walk far to find your next mouth-watering meal.

Destination Review - The Island of Spice Zanzibar

When it comes to excursions and activities, Zanzibar has plenty going on.  A divers and snorkelers paradise, it offers beautiful reefs, crystal clear waters, and as it is nearly always sunny, the visibility is excellent.  Most day trips dock just off the private island of Mnemba, and if you cannot afford the $1,500 dollars per person per day to stay there, you can at least get some great pictures from the boat!

Destination Review - Island of Spice Zanzibar

A trip to one of the Spice Markets is a must, and while you will probably pay more for your herbs and spices here than you would in Stone Town, the tour is informative, fun, and will have you smelling like an explosion in a spice factory before you leave.

With friendly locals, beautiful hotels, and delicious cuisine, we believe Zanzibar is one of the world’s best beach holiday destinations, so why not head on down and taste the Island of Spice yourself!

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Called in at Zanzibar when we moved to the UK from Africa by boat in 1969. It was fabulous then but guess it might have changed a little 😉

    1. Wow! I am sure it has changed since then!! You need to go back and check it out 😉

  2. Worked in an orphanage for a couple of weeks in Ilula,Tanzania and then went to Zanzibar for a few days. Just stayed in Stone Town and never saw the beautiful beaches. I must go back.

    1. Wow, what a great experience! Yes, you must go back… 😉

  3. I believe I may have to go!

    1. Go, go, go! It’s beautiful

  4. Jane Sadek says:

    Sounds like a real treat for all the senses!

    1. It really is Jane – well worth a visit!

  5. cav12 says:

    Gorgeous. I will have to add it to my list of places to go. 🙂

    1. Please do! It is amazing…!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. Debra Kolkka says:

    We went to Zanzibar a few years ago and absolutely loved it. I would love to return one day.

    1. It is amazing isn’t it!! Thanks for visiting our blog 🙂

  7. Bianca says:

    Been there twice. Just beautiful for a couple of days, snorkelling, scubadiving, etc.

    1. Equatours says:

      Isn’t it beautiful Bianca! I can’t wait to go back… Thanks for stopping by our blog 🙂

  8. Miia says:

    Hello! A nice post. Where were the photos taken; which hotel?

    I worked in Tanzania in 2000 so went to Zanzibar every other weekend. Fantastic! Also visited Mnemba 🙂 Then when I got married 2010 my husband really wanted to go to Zanzibar (he had never been). I was afraid that it had changed a lot and I would be disappointed, but this was not the case. In fact I think the Stone Town is restored in a nice way (it has not become a Disneyland) and most of the beaches still feel very nice. Some very authentic.

    I cannot wait to go back!!! 🙂

    1. Equatours says:

      Thanks Miia, we love Zanzibar too! The photo’s were taken at the Melia Zanzibar hotel in Kiwengwa. Like many people, we visited after climbing Kilimanjaro, and like you, cannot wait to go back! 😉

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