Zanzibar Coastline

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Zanzibar's Coastline

Zanzibar’s coastline offers some of East Africa's finest beaches, but sand and surf vary depending on which side of the island you’re on. The east coast offers the most pristine beaches, while west Zanzibar offers gentler tides. On the northern coast of Zanzibar, the diving is superb. The south coast is home to the Menai Bay Conservation Area.

Wedding in the Serengeti

All the planning and conversations we had prior to our trip proved to be invaluable.

Justin and Tracy

Featured itineraries

Ngorongoro, Mahale, Selous and Zanzibar

10-day luxury Tanzania safari visiting Ngorongoro Crater, Mahale Mountains National Park, Selous Game Reserve, and the spice island of Zanzibar. This programme can be extended to 14 days to include the Serengeti. NB. Availability in Mahale is limited and seasonal - please contact our office for current rates and availability.


  • Zanzibar
  • Tanzania


  • Safari and Wildlife Holidays

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Baraza Resort and Spa

A classic Zanzibar beach holiday retreat, Baraza Resort occupies a stunning spot on Bweju Beach on the south-east coast of the island.

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Bluebay Beach Resort

Bluebay Resort is a medium-sized resort located on the eastern coast of Zanzibar, in Kiwengwa. One of our preferred four-star hotels on the island, it occupies an extended stretch of beach in an uncrowded area.

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Breezes Beach Club

Breezes Beech Club is one of Zanzibar's original five-star beach resorts, and it remains one of the best. It enjoys a marvellous location on Bwejuu Beach, on Zanzibar's quiet south-eastern coast.

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Fumba Beach

Fumba Beach is an small, stylish lodge situated on the little-visited Fumba Peninsula. It's a lovely, intimate retreat, with its own PADI dive centre.

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Gold Zanzibar

Gold Zanzibar is a medium-sized 5-star resort with an enviable position on one of Zanzibar's finest and least tidal beaches, Kendwa.

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Hotel Riu Palace

Opened in 2013, the Hideaway of Nungwi is one of Zanzibar's best upmarket beach resorts, offering stylish accommodation and a wonderful location on the north-west coast of the island.

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Situated in the fishing village of Kizimkazi, within the Menai Bay Conservation Area, Karamba Resort is a discreet retreat that stands out from the mega-resorts that dominate much of Zanzibar's coastline.

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Kilindi is an intimate boutique resort located on Zanzibar's north-western coast. Once owned by Björn Ulvaeus (of Abba!), its stylish design combines Scandinavian cool with traditional Swahili motifs.

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Matemwe Beach Village

Matemwe Beach Village is one of Zanzibar's very best mid-range resorts, with a wonderful location on the north-eastern coast of the island, and its own PADI dive centre.

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Matemwe Bungalows

Matemwe Bungalows (now Matemwe Lodge) occupies a wonderful location on the north-eastern coast of Zanzibar, on a high coral cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean and, in the distance, Mnemba Island.

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Matemwe Retreat

Matemwe Retreat is located on a beautiful stretch of private land opposite the Mnemba Atoll, with access to marvellous beach and reefs. This highly exclusive retreat has just four villas.

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Mbweni Ruins

Mbweni Ruins is an intimate resort situated in the upmarket garden suburb of Mbweni, 6km - or a 10 minute drive - from Stone Town.

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Mnarani Beach Cottages

Mnarani Beach Cottages are located on Zanzibar's quiet northern coast, just outside the village of Nungwi. One of Zanzibar's best low-cost options, Mnarani offers lovely rooms and great beach access away from the crowds.

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Ocean Paradise Resort

Ocean Paradise Resort is an upmarket beach resort with a fine location on Zanzibar's North East Coast, offering comfortable makuti-thatch rooms and a wealth of amenities.

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Pongwe Beach Hotel

Pongwe Beach Hotel enjoys a peaceful location in a secluded cove on Zanzibar's less-developed eastern coast. A simple, unpretentious beach lodge, it enjoys access to a beautiful stretch of beach.

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Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel

Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel occupies a marvellous location on Zanzibar's northernmost tip, where it enjoys privileged beach access and great diving from its on-site dive centre.

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Shooting Star Lodge

Shooting Star Lodge is a stylish yet unfussy beach retreat situated on a coral cliff overlooking Kiwengwa Beach on Zanzibar's eastern coast. Family owned and run, it has a relaxed, easy atmosphere.

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Sunshine Hotel

The Sunshine Hotel is a lovely, low-key beach resort situated on Matemwe Beach, on the north-eastern coast of Zanzibar.

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The Palms

The Palms is one of Zanzibar's most luxurious beach lodges, a lavish 6-room private beach retreat situated on the southeastern coast of the island, between sister lodges Baraza and Breezes Beach Club.

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Unguja Resort

Unguja Resort is a small, discrete beach lodge situated in Kizimkazi, on the southernmost tip of Zanzibar, an area otherwise known as the Bay of 1,000 Dolphins.

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Wonderful wildlife in Costa Rica

The holiday was wonderful. We cannot praise the organisation and smooth-running of the itinerary enough.

Felicity and Isabel