Best beaches on Zanzibar

Best beaches on Zanzibar

Tanzania has a lot of amazing places to visit. It is not just safari parks, it also has a lot of amazing beaches. More specifically, Zanzibar has a lot of them. Zanzibar is a little island that belongs to Tanzania and when it comes to beaches, it has a lot to offer. So here is my list of best beaches on Zanzibar.

Best beaches on Zanzibar


Jambiani is one of the more calm beaches ideal for a family vacation

Jambiani is a small but very beautiful village, where the beach is the main thing to do. There aren’t too many people here, so sometimes, especially in low season, you can have the beach just for yourself. And also because of it, there aren’t too many people who would try to sell you some things. Basically you can be here and just relaxing without any bigger disturbance. It has a downside. Fewer people also means fewer places to eat. It is not like you will be hungry all the time, but while other places have more possibilities, this one has just about 5 restaurants. Either way, Jambiani is a very nice and relaxing beach and definitely belongs to one of the best beaches in Zanzibar.

PajePaje - beast beaches on Zanzibar

Although Paje is just 5 km from Jambiani, the feeling from the beach is very different. Paje is also a small town, where people are enjoying beach life and bungalows. However, Paje is a little bit wilder than Jambiani. First of all, the main thing that people doing at the beach is kite surfing. So if you want to just go and jump in the waves – it is entirely possible, but you will have to watch your back, so people won’t run you over with kite. And second of all, there are a lot of parties in the evening, so if you are looking for party beach with sport possibility, here it is.


Nungwi beach
Nungwi beach by Matt Keiffer

Nungwi beach is on the northwest of Zanzibar. It is a place that is well known which means it is not as cheap as all the other beach resorts that are not as popular. However, there is a good reason why is this beach so popular and that is that water here is very clean and moreover, you can bathe here any time of the day, which is not always possible in the other beaches.


The famous Rock reastaurant
The Rock – not the actor but the restaurant.

Michamvi is a bay close to the famous Rock restaurant. This place is in particular great for watching sunsets, as it is one of the few places on east Zanzibar, where it is possible to do so. This beach is also one of the best beaches on Zanzibar because you can bathe there all day long. Mainly because the tides don’t change as rapidly in the bay.

Kendwa – one of the alternatives among best beaches on Zanzibar

Kedwa beach
Kendwa is alternative to Nungwi but still one of the best beaches on Zanzibar

Kendwa is located on the north of Zanzibar close to Nungwi. But a lot more lowkey than Nungwi. The beach is still beautiful and clean and for the most of part, it is surrounded by wild nature, which is perhaps the best of it. There are some resorts nearby but it is not as commercial as it is in Nungwi, so it could be a great alternative.

Like Kendwa, a lot of other beaches are lowkey and you might want to bring your own Beach chair. If you are interested in that, here is a guide to buying beach chairs.

All you need to know about best beaches on Zanzibar

Best beaches on Zanzibar
Low tide on one of the beaches

Zanzibar seems like an ideal tropical place with white sand beaches. And it is. But there are some important things to know about it.

First of all, perhaps the most beautiful beaches are on the east coast, but that has its downside. Which is the fact that usually, you cannot swim here until afternoon. The low tide is so low, that it is entirely possible to go about one kilometer to the sea. Tides are changing around midday so around 2 pm it is possible to swim here again.

Another important info: if you choosing one of the busier beaches, make sure that there is someone who will watch over your staff. Petty crime is quite common here.

But otherwise, all of the beaches here are amazing, very clean and I very much recommend them.

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9 Replies to “Best beaches on Zanzibar”

  1. The beaches in Zanzibar look wonderful! Good to know about being aware of petty theft and the ones on the east coast having low tide in the morning. Nungwi beach looks gorgeous, I can see why it might not be as cheap as other beaches.

  2. Well, I’d happily visit any of these beaches in Zanzibar. Tanzania hasn’t been in my travel list but after seeing and hearing how lovely these beaches are I’d definitely visit one day. Is transportation easy there or do you need your own vehicle?

  3. I was in Tanzania many years ago but sadly never made it to Zanzibar. The beaches are incredible, especially Nungwi, and truly somewhere I’m sad I missed. I’ll bookmark your post should I ever return.

  4. Just got back from Zanzibar, Literally only had 30 hours (was in Tanzania for work) and decided to stay in Jambiani but stopped in Paje on my way there. I’d love to return and check out Nungwi as well. The waters in Jambiani …absolutely stunning, could see to the bottom of the ocean pretty clearly.

  5. Oooh, Zanzibar only hit my radar recently but I’m really keen to go! We are planning a safari in Tanzania for our honeymoon and I think a little beach time afterwards would be absolutely perfect! Saving this for our resources. 😉

  6. I’ve never visited Zanzibar but your post just inspired me to add it to our bucket list. The white sandy beaches look incredible, especially Kendwa which seems more peacefull and off-the-beaten-path. Thanks for all the details.

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