Sample the turquoise waters and golden sands of Zanzibar

Sample the turquoise waters and golden sands of ZanzibarThe islands of Zanzibar located off the east coast of Africa, offer holidaymakers an exotic island destination steeped in culture. Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, and makes for a great sole destination or an addition to Tanzania holidays.

The brilliant beaches are the prime draw to Zanzibar, and whatever your ideas of a beach paradise, you won’t be disappointed by what you will find.

Golden white sands lapped by the beautiful turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, fringed by palm trees and surrounded by small picturesque fishing villages; you will have to go a long way to find scenery like this anywhere else.

Nungwi, in the north of the island, is not only a beautiful beach lined with coconut trees and banana palms, but the centre of dhow production on the island.

These traditional sailboats can be seen around the island, going out fishing or maybe taking curious tourists out for a trip.

Mangapwani beach on the west coast is very popular and worth a visit, and the beaches of Kiwengwa, Jambiani, Uroa and Matemwe are all popular spots with beautiful sands on the east coast.

With the beautiful waters of the Indian Ocean lapping at the beaches, it’s not surprising that diving and snorkelling are popular pastimes around Zanzibar.

From novices to professionals there is a dive spot suitable for everyone, so don’t be afraid to go to one of the dive schools around the island while giving it a try for yourself.

Complete a dive to witness the beautiful coral reefs and abundance of marine life. You might spot tropical fish, rays and even sharks. Diving and snorkelling provide excellent visibility and an average water temperature of 27°C so it’s certainly a tempting prospect.

In the unlikely event that you’ve had enough of those beaches, or you just want to see what else Zanzibar has to offer, then make the fascinating Stone Town your first stop.

The capital of Zanzibar is a World Heritage Site. You can spend hours wandering the old, winding streets admiring the Arab-infused houses with their beautiful carved windows and doors, and taking in the atmosphere.

Stop at one of the bazaars and pick up some great souvenirs and local produce. To venture a bit further into the island, pay a visit to one of the spice plantations that were and still are the source of Zanzibar’s wealth.

If you want to get closer to nature, visit the Jozani Reserve – home to the rare Red Colobus Monkey and elusive Zanzibar leopard. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to spot one.