Tanzania: Best beaches in Zanzibar

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Whenever the thought of Tanzania crosses anyone’s mind, one always thinks of its many spectacular beaches. Zanzibar has been nominated in 2017 World Travel Awards under the category of Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2017. If you are a beach lover on vacation, or you want to treat your loved one to a luxurious gateway, explore some of the best beaches in Zanzibar and book one of its numerous beach hotels.

Before you decide on which beach to visit in Zanzibar, Jumia Travel has compiled a list of some of the best beaches in Zanzibar that you can discover, the fun activities that you can engage in and the various Zanzibar beach hotels offering utmost luxury.


Nungwi Beach is one of the best beaches in Zanzibar. It is located in the northern-most part of Zanzibar Island in Tanzania. Nungwi beach is a beautiful white powdery sandy beach with turquoise water and relaxed atmosphere. It was recognized in CNN’s list of the “100 best beaches of the world” back in 2004.

Activities: Some of the activities that you can enjoy while at Nungwi Beach include snorkelling, swimming, scuba diving, beach volleyball games and walks around the beach. Nungwi Beach also has a great night life.

Where to stay: Some of the best Nungwi beach hotels that you can stay in during your vacation in Zanzibar include Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa. This luxury 5 star hotel in Zanzibar has been nominated in Africa’s Leading Beach Resort 2017 category in the 2017 World Travel Awards. Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est (also nominated) and Essque Zalu Zanzibar are other top luxurious Nungwi hotels.

hotel in best beaches in Zanzibar

A luxury suite with ocean view


Kendwa Beach is a fine white sandy beach with turquoise blue water, and has a breathtaking sunset. It is located in the northern coast of Zanzibar. It is situated in Kendwa Village and about 3 kilometres from Nungwi. Thus, you can walk to this beach from Nungwi Beach during the low tide or take a sunset cruise.

Best beaches in Zanzibar

Lounges at Kendwa Beach

Activities: Swimming, snorkelling, boat cruise with wooden dhows and a Kendwa Village Tour,

Where to stay: Kilindi Zanzibar and Palumbo Kendwa.


Paje Beach is located in Ungunja Island in Zanzibar, Tanzania. It is situated in Paje Village which is popular due to its long stretch of sandy beaches and winds that make it a perfect destination for kite and wind surfers. There are kite-surfing schools available for beginners. Visit this beautiful tropical paradise for a great beach vacation.

Activities: Kite-surfing, windsurfing, swimming, diving, snorkelling, fishing and sunbathing.

Where to stay: Arabian Nights Suites and Villa Serenity.

Best beaches in Zanzibar

Kite and wind surfing at Paje Beach


Matemwe Beach is known to be the longest beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania. This beach is located in Matemwe Village, which is situated in the north-eastern part of Unguja Island in Zanzibar.

Activities: Snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming, fishing and sunbathing.

Where to stay: Kasha Boutique Hotel, Matemwe Retreat and Tamani Villas.

These are just but a few of the beaches that you can visit in Zanzibar. Treat yourself or loved ones to a vacation in some of the best beaches in Zanzibar.


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