Zanzibar Archipelago
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Our most recommended Zanzibar Archipelago Island Tours

  • Stone Town & Prison Island Private Tour (Transfers & Lunch)

    1. Stone Town & Prison Island Private Tour (Transfers & Lunch)

    See the National Museum of Zanzibar (rebuilt in 1883) and the Arab fort while passing along bazaar streets towards the famous Freddie Mercury house. See the old slave market, fruit market, and spice market — don’t miss the classic Zanzibar curved doors decorating the stone town.  After you have explored Stone Town, you’ll have an opportunity to take a short break and have lunch before heading to Prison Island. Prison Island is also known as Changuu Island, the nickname came from the island being used by some sultans of Zanzibar to detain enslaved people. While you are on this island, you can swim, snorkel and take pictures with giant tortoises.  See the colorful schools of black snappers, orange lined triggerfish, spotted garfish, barracudas, longfin bannerfish, emperor angelfish, rabbitfish, clown triggerfish, and many more.

    We had a very nice walk in Stone Town and then with a boat to Prison Island. It was indeed very interesting and fun. The snorkling spot, wasn´t the best though. Not much to see, but I guess you can´t combine everything at one. If you´re more into snorkling then there are other trips worthy for you. The lunch in the typical african restaurant was also very interesting and the place was really full. Enjoy!

  • Prison Island: Private Half-Day Tour

    2. Prison Island: Private Half-Day Tour

    This private guided half day tour can begin any time from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Meet your well-trained guide and boatman as your board your steam-engine wooden boat. Head to the prestigious island and enjoy the 30-minute journey.  Listen to the history of the island and discover the past centuries through the historical buildings, which have served many purposes over the years including a prison, chapel, and hiding place for slaves after the abolition.  Enjoy a swim or snorkel around the colorful coral rocks and turquoise waters. Play with giant tortoises and you may take photographs with these old precious creatures. If you do not have much experience or confidence in the water, you will be provided with a life jacket. 

    It was nice and beautiful very professional Guide, Good knowledge and English speaking

  • Zanzibar: Prison Island Tour with Lunch on the Sandbank

    3. Zanzibar: Prison Island Tour with Lunch on the Sandbank

    Your Zanzibar adventure begins with a visit to Prison Island, purchased in 1893 by Lloyd Mathews, the British First Minister of Zanzibar at the time. Mathews constructed a prison complex on the island which is still visible today, however no prisoners were ever housed on the island and instead it became a quarantine station for yellow fever sufferers. On the island, spend some time exploring the area and discover the collection of over 50 tortoises that live here, some of which are more than 100 years old. Learn about why the tortoises call the island their home, as well as taking photos and feeding them too. The island is also home to peacocks and small antelope too. Once you’ve explored the island, enjoy the opportunity to cool off from the hot weather with a refreshing dip in the surrounding crystal clear waters. Spend some time snorkeling in the water just off the island and search...

    Great experiencie. Great kidness. very fexible on time and leen to help taking a lot of pictures. Very nice food in the amazing sand bank. Guide sprint some extra time to show souvenir shops back in the town after the trip.

  • Zanzibar: Spice Farm Tour with Traditional Cooking Lesson

    4. Zanzibar: Spice Farm Tour with Traditional Cooking Lesson

    Visit an organic spice farm on this 3-hour guided tour to learn about one of Zanzibar’s most popular industries: spices. Discover how the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, and more. See why the Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, is sometimes called the "Spice Islands".   When you arrive, the spice farm guide will describe how the spices are grown and used as medication and flavor in dishes. See spices like vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg, and many more. You’ll be able to touch, smell, and taste the spices and herbs directly from plants—you’ve never smelled spices as fresh as these before. Along with these fragrant plants, there will also be some fresh tropical fruits to see and taste.     Later, take the opportunity to join a cassava leaf harvest, make coconut milk, and practice some cooking. Then, a coconut tree climber will pick some fresh yo...

    Again an awesome trip. The cooking ‍ class was very good and the lunch afterwards was great. The guide was very well educated and gave as great info and explanations.

  • Zanzibar: Mnemba Atoll Marine Reserve Snorkeling Tour

    5. Zanzibar: Mnemba Atoll Marine Reserve Snorkeling Tour

    After pickup at your hotel on Unguja, Zanzibar, hop in your private boat toward Mnemba Island. Depending on conditions, reach the coral reef of the Mnemba Atoll Marine Reserve in up to 20 minutes. Once there, explore a reef that is big enough for everyone so you won't feel crowded, even on busy days. Keep your eyes peeled for yellow snapper, barracuda, turtles, and much more. After snorkeling, enjoy a snack stop on a sandbank. Relax under the sun as you savor seasonal fresh fruit and other small bites. Later, head back to shore on Unguja. See local fishermen coming back from the sea and selling their day's catches before being transferred back to your accommodation.

  • Zanzibar: Changuu Island and Stone Town Tour with Lunch

    6. Zanzibar: Changuu Island and Stone Town Tour with Lunch

    The tour begins with a private boat trip to Changuu Island, also known as Prison Island or Turtle Island. The island earned its name after it was purchased in 1893 by the British First Minister of Zanzibar who constructed a prison complex here. Although no prisoners were ever housed on the island, it was eventually used as a quarantine station for yellow fever sufferers, and later became home to more than 50 tortoises who still live there today. On the island, enjoy some free time to explore the beauty of this wild paradise, and get up close to the tortoises that roam freely. Some of the tortoises here are more than 100 years old, and you can even get close enough to feed them and take photos. You can also find peacocks and antelope on the island, then cool off in the crystal clear waters during a snorkel session in search of marine life, colorful fish, and coral reef. After your visit...

    The tour was great! Communication about the meet-up could be improved (I just had a random person come to me and hand me the phone to talk to the people who’d booked the trip in Dar); but overall I enjoyed the prison island and stone town tours. There are two separate guides, both very kind and friendly!

  • From Stone Town: Dhow Sailing Island Tour with BBQ Lunch

    7. From Stone Town: Dhow Sailing Island Tour with BBQ Lunch

    The trip begins at the fishing village, Fumba, in the southwest of the island, following hotel pickup and a 35-minute drive from Stone Town. Set sail on a custom, wooden sailing dhow directly to the some of the most fascinating natural sites in the tropical Indian Ocean.  The first stop is for snorkeling at the Kwale coral reef, which promises an overwhelming abundance of corals and colorful fish. Afterwards, relax on a paradisiacal sandbank with a snack of tropical fruits.  The next stop will be on Quail Island, where a beach barbecue seafood buffet awaits, consisting of octopus, lobster, grilled fish, calamari, one soft drink, and more tropical fruit. All the seafood you can imagine will be available to taste. Additional activities on the island include a short jungle walk to see and climb a 500 year-old Baobab tree, and a swim in a mangrove lagoon before sailing back to Fumba Villa...

  • Zanzibar: Full-Day Protected Chumbe Island Tour w. Lunch

    8. Zanzibar: Full-Day Protected Chumbe Island Tour w. Lunch

    Snorkel in the most colorful underwater world with a huge variety of fish, corals, turtles and other fascinating sea creatures. Learn about the marine life, forest, and nature reserve from professional guides. Enjoy a tour of one of the eco-bungalows available for overnight guests, and taste the delicious Swahili cuisine for lunch. The Chumbe Island Coral Park is an award-winning private nature reserve and one of the last pristine coral islands around. It is the home of many rare and endangered animals that are protected here. The park includes a fully protected coral reef sanctuary and forest reserve, a visitor and education center, nature trails, historical ruins, and eco-bungalows for overnight guests. Snorkeling gear and wetsuits are available to borrow before your experienced guide and a professional marine biologist take you on the most beautiful snorkeling tour you may have ever...

  • From Stone Town: Private Tour to Prison Island

    9. From Stone Town: Private Tour to Prison Island

    Visit Prison Island on a private 3-hour tour, and discover the rich history and beautiful natural surroundings of this location. Meet your guide in Zanzibar, or select the option including hotel pickup, then enjoy the ride to the island on a traditional dhow. Learn how this small island gained its name and explore the place that is now home to more than 50 tortoises, some over 100 years old.   Feed the tortoises and take up-close pictures with them, as you keep a look out for the peacocks and antelope that also live there. After discovering the island and its history, take the opportunity to snorkel in the clear waters off the coast amongst tropical fish and colorful coral. At the end of your tour, return to Zanzibar, where you’ll be dropped off in the city center, or at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Zanzibar Archipelago

A fun morning out with Khamis (Thursday) and Juma (Friday) it was fun knowing that. Highly recommended outing... But not with just any old guide. These guys are hilarious and Khamis knows all his fruits in Afrikaans! He even knows what "fokken duur" means (you're welcome for the free information my friend ). You'll also notice that I'm in most of the pictures because Juma is a great photographer. Handed him my phone and had the opportunity to really enjoy myself instead of taking pictures! I had a 4year old randomly latch on to me... Just confirmation that I am in the right line of work!! I was allowed to participate and try out whatever I wanted... Also didn't follow instructions and cut myself on the coconut cutter. Pavarotti Batman grabbed us some coconut from a tree top while performing (wow, the voice ) All I can say is, fresh is better. Literally every smell and flavour I experienced was ou

We had a very nice walk in Stone Town and then with a boat to Prison Island. It was indeed very interesting and fun. The snorkling spot, wasn´t the best though. Not much to see, but I guess you can´t combine everything at one. If you´re more into snorkling then there are other trips worthy for you. The lunch in the typical african restaurant was also very interesting and the place was really full. Enjoy!

Again an awesome trip. The cooking ‍ class was very good and the lunch afterwards was great. The guide was very well educated and gave as great info and explanations.

Haji was great. We knew very little about the area and learned a ton about the country from him. Having lunch included was a great perk!

Our tour guy was really prepared, helpful and ready to every question we had.