Zanzibar
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Our most recommended Zanzibar Viewing Points

  • 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!

  • Zanzibar: Quad Bike Tour and Visit to Local Village

    2. Zanzibar: Quad Bike Tour and Visit to Local Village

    You will be picked up from your hotel. Starting from Kiwengwa (Kairo), you drive along the main road going to Pwani Majangani, for about 4 km. The tour usually stops for a few minutes in a local shop where you can buy some food to offer as a present to the village (flour, rise, biscuits for the kids). Clients are encouraged to support the local community. After this small pit stop, you leave the tarmac road to ride the quad off-road through the rice fields, where your guide stops for about 15 minutes to explain the economy, culture, and habits of the villages in the middle part of the island. After this explanation, the excursion goes ahead through the environment of the island to arrive at the local village. At the village, you stop for about 1 hour. Travellers will have the opportunity to stay with the children, play with them, and be in contact with the community of the village. Afte...

    Great guide and great rude on quads into Unguja Island inner villages. Great experience to have and to see. We also had stop at spices farm and saw many things that we use for cooking but never seen how they grow. Fantastic stuff.

  • Zanzibar: Parasailing Boat Trip with Flight Instructor

    3. Zanzibar: Parasailing Boat Trip with Flight Instructor

    Get the best panoramic views of Zanzibar and its coastline with an unforgettable parasailing adventure. Appreciate the views from 300 meters above including the sandy, white beaches of Nungwi and Kendwa, coral reefs, tropical trees, and local resorts and fishing villages. You can feel secure in the knowledge that your flight instructor will make sure you have a fantastic time in a safe way, with the activity being suitable for people aged 8 upwards. After some training in flying and safety instructions, your instructor will take you out in the parasailing boat. You will be secured into a safety harness when it is your turn and your instructor will slowly release you. At the end of the flight, the hydraulic winch system will gently reel you back in until you land softly on the boat’s platform. Feel the thrill of the flight as you float in the air behind the boat for approximately 10 -...

  • Stone Town: Private Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park Tour

    4. Stone Town: Private Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park Tour

    Take a private guided tour of Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park from Stone Town. After pickup from your Stone Town hotel, start the 35-minute drive to the national park. The 2,500 hectare park contains diverse habitats, including groundwater forest, coral rag forest, mangrove swamps, and salt marshes. Admire the different species of trees and look out for native wildlife, including rare red colobus monkeys. The park is home to many unique animals such as Ader's duiker, Sykes' monkeys, bush babies, over 50 species of butterfly, and 40 species of birds. At the end of your guided tour, you'll be dropped off at your hotel in Stone Town.

  • Kendwa: Introductory Scuba Dive on Tumbatu Island

    5. Kendwa: Introductory Scuba Dive on Tumbatu Island

    Embark on a half-day adventure through the Indian Ocean with this introductory scuba dive. After a thorough explanation of scuba diving equipment and the skills you’ll need to dive successfully, hop on the boat to head into the open waters. The waters surrounding Tumbatu Island are home to a diverse array of tropical marine life that group around the technicolor coral reefs; keep your eyes peeled for moray eels, cuttlefish, turtles, and if you’re lucky, dolphins or massive grouper. After some exercises to get you more comfortable breathing underwater, your expert instructor will lead you down beneath the surface to fully explore the environment below. After your dive, you’ll head back to the dock, having experienced a world only visible via scuba diving.

  • Stone Town: Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park Half-Day Tour

    6. Stone Town: Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park Half-Day Tour

    The 19-square-mile Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park in Tanzania is located on the island of Zanzibar and is the only national park in Zanzibar. Begin your visit with a walk through the natural forest, where the smaller trees and bushes create several sub-canopies under the highest canopy. Walk along the nature trail through the forest, which is an habitat for many animal species including the red colobus monkey, the spotting of which is a top priority for many visitors to the park. The natural forest and the nature walk are just a couple highlights of your day spent in the national park; explore the site with your guide, walk the boardwalk through the mangroves, and discover a turtle rehabilitation center.

  • Zanzibar: Speedboat Cruise to Prison Island

    7. Zanzibar: Speedboat Cruise to Prison Island

    Head to the island by traditional dhow sailing boat on a 20-minute ride from Azam Marina. Then, embark on an adventure around Prison Island with a private 2-hour speedboat ride.  Relax on the cruise while soaking up the sun and looking at the scenic views. Choose from a variety of activities, including snorkeling, swimming, or sunbathing on the beaches. Opt to visit a giant tortoise sanctuary and discover the local wildlife and ecosystems. Pack a picnic to enjoy on the island, bring your own barbecue goodies to throw on the grill, or explore the local restaurants and bars. Make use of the onboard refridgerator to cool your drinks during the cruise.

  • Kendwa: Discover Scuba Diving at Mnemba

    8. Kendwa: Discover Scuba Diving at Mnemba

    Your instructor will explain the basic rules of scuba diving and will take you for one dive in the open ocean where you will practice a couple of basics skills, followed by a tour around the reef.  Zanzibar offers many picturesque coral reefs and marvelous sea life for you to explore. Don’t miss this incredible experience. Don’t worry, it’s weird at first, but soon breathing underwater will become second nature to you. You will discover the underwater breathing and beauty of the underwater world of Zanzibar’s underwater flora and fauna.

  • Kendwa: 3-Day Open Water Diving Course

    9. Kendwa: 3-Day Open Water Diving Course

    Experience an unparalleled adventure and see the world under the waves, perfect for those who have always wanted to learn how to scuba dive. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course, the most popular and widely-recognized dive course in the world. Millions of people have learned scuba diving with this course and continue to discover the wonders of the aquatic world. During the 3-day course, learn how to use basic dive equipment, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, BCD, and dive bottle.

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What people are saying about Zanzibar

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 10 reviews

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!

Great guide and great rude on quads into Unguja Island inner villages. Great experience to have and to see. We also had stop at spices farm and saw many things that we use for cooking but never seen how they grow. Fantastic stuff.

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!

Haji was a great guide, real good tour of Stone Town, lots of useful information, highly recommended.

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