Everyone has a different idea about what makes the perfect holiday, and at The Zanzibari we have something for everyone.From snorkelling and scuba diving to forest walks and tours you’ll find an activity which suites you.
Snorkeling in Zanzibar is an experience of a lifetime. Unlike many other popular snorkelling destinations around the world it is still possible to find places that have never been explored along the coast. The many varieties of coral provide a home to thousands of colourful and exotic creatures, including blue ribbon tail rays, fire fish and for the “Finding Nemo” fans, clown fish.
Our guests often head out into the stretch of ocean outside the hotel and come back with stories of seeing a huge variety of sealife including puffer fish, damsel fish, stone fish and dolphins.
Paddling on crystal clear blue waters with an endless horizon in front of you and a white sandy beach behind you is something that needs to be experienced to truly appreciate the feeling it gives you.
From the beach in the front of The Zanzibari you can jump into one of our kayaks and discover this feeling for yourself.Depending on your level of experience you can either stay close to shore or paddle out to the edge of the reef where you can go kayak surfing, snorkelling or free diving.As you move through the water you will be able to look down into the ocean below and watch fish swimming underneath your kayak and be able to see coral, sea urchins and if you’re lucky a sting ray!
Keeping up to date with the tide, wind and weather forecast will ensure that you only head out to sea when the conditions are right. The majority of the time the conditions are calm within the coral reef and it is usually safe to go out, but during a high tide with strong wind conditions it can get quite choppy.We have collated information from a number of websites on this page which will help familiarise you with the conditions at The Zanzibari before you arrive, and you can visit this page using our internet facilities while you are staying at the hotel. Our managers keep up to date with the forecasts so don’t hesitate to ask them if you have any questions.
Knowing when the tides are coming in and out is very important when you are going kayaking, snorkelling or scuba diving. Mkokotoni Harbour is the nearest port to The Zanzibari (only a few kilometres away). You can visit EasyTide for more options.
Keeping up to date with the wind forecast will ensure that you only head out when the conditions are right. The wind can make the difference between an exhilerating, fun experience and a dangerous one. It will effect the size of the waves, the current and which direction you will need to head out, so whether you are kayaking, wind surfing or simply going for a swim you should always check the wind conditions first. You can visit WindGuru for more information.
The closeby Mnemba Atoll is one of the best diving spots on Zanzibar. With warm waters averaging 27C (80F) and good visibility, the waters around the island are awash with colourful marine life.
Due to it’s popular location the fish are used to divers which allows you to get very close and appreciate their beauty. It is a stunning diving location for experts and beginners alike.
The surrounding waters are teaming with an overwhelming number of beautiful tropical reef fish, and a wealth of marine creatures
Whether you’re on honeymoon, with your family or by yourself, going on a sunset cruise is the perfect way to wind down the day. You’ll be driven from The Zanzibari to a beach nearby where a traditional Dhow boat will be waiting for you.
Once on board the sail will be hoisted and you’ll silently carve your way through the calm seas of the Indian Ocean – the route will take you round the tip of the island of Zanzibar and along the north coast. It’s a great chance to see what else is along the coast as well as looking at what lies beneath the waves.
You’ll be able to go snorkelling for 15 or 20 minutes while the sun prepares its daily masterpiece.
Steeped in history, Stone Town in Zanzibar was once the biggest business center of East Africa. In it’s earlier days it was the hub for trading ivory, spices and slaves. Power has changed hands numerous times over the years; the Portuguese, Arabs, Sultans of Oman and English have all had their influence on this unique and fascinating town which has created an incredible mix of architecture and culture.Learn More
Zanzibar is famed for being the spice island due to it’s history of growing and exporting spices to the four corners of the world.
The tastes, smells and uses for the spices will surprise you; some are used for treating wounds while others add an extra kick to any meal.
Get in touch to organise a spice to with your stay.
Famed for it’s rare Red Colobus Monkeys (Piliocolobus kirkii), Jozani Forest is a unique destination that should be on everyones to do list when visiting Zanzibar. You will discover when you arrive in Zanzibar that the predominant type of plants are palms, shrubs and the occasional flame tree (as you would expect from a tropical paradise!), but Jozani forest steps away from the norm with it’s towering trees, unique plants and wildlife.Learn More
A twenty minute stroll from The Zanzibari along the beach will land you in the small fishing village of Nungwi. Here you will find the natural aquarium (home to sea turtles), a boat building yard and the fish market. You can either go by yourself or with a guide who will give you a wealth of local knowledge.
Nungwi Fish Market | Nungwi Aquarium | Nungwi Village | Nungwi Boat Building Yard
Visiting Africa wouldn’t be the same without going on safari and because of this we are offering a range of Safari and Zanzibar holiday combinations. We are also able to create a customised itinerary to ensure it’s the perfect combination for you. If you would like more informationLearn More