Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania
Jambiani beach, on the southeast coast.
All photos are by Nikki Dezmazure unless otherwise named.
Zanzibar is in the Indian Ocean and near the equator which makes for a very warm and generally month-by-month similar climatic conditions.
Best season: June-September
Temperatures normally range from low 20’sC (70’s F) to mid 30’sC (100 F), which is fine, though the humidity can get uncomfortable.
Coastguard station? Unique hotel room?
An exotic Zanzi bar with some very relaxing furniture.
Local soccer games sensibly start around dusk.
More Zanzibar destinations
Ras Nungwi, a relaxed fishing village on the north tip of Zanzibar is traditionally a dhow building spot that has morphed recently into Zanzibar’s favourite beach resort with swarms of tourists and humming concrete mixers putting up the latest low-rise resort, but still pleasant and with a full complement of warm, turquoise seas and broad bands of white sand, even if they are coated in seaweed in winter time (November-January).
Scuba, snorkelling, wind-surfing and sunset dhow cruises are all available around Nungwi, as is a lively nightlife much favoured by backpackers.
Kendwa beach, south of Nungwi is quieter and – at the moment – way less developed but nevertheless hosts a couple of solid, late night music scenes and a regular beach party/full moon party.
Pemba Island: north of Zanzibar. Just 50kms (31mls) separate the two islands, but few travellers get to Zanzibar’s smaller brother Pemba in spite of the relaxed but lively ambience, the ruins stretching back to 1200 AD, the pleasant old town Baixa that wafts with the scents of cloves and voodoo, some terrific beaches – particularly Wimbi (aka Wimbe), and Pemba’s raison d’etre, world-class reef or drift diving.