Zanzibar Activities

What to do on this island.

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Sports, Tours, Excursions, Safaris

Zanzibar, renowned as the Spice Island, beckons with a wealth of captivating experiences and activities. From cultural immersions to encounters with nature and a myriad of adventurous pursuits, this enchanting island caters to all tastes. As you sojourn at The Zanzibari, you’ll discover that some of these experiences are easily accessible, while others may necessitate arrangements. Be assured, our dedicated concierge team stands ready to curate and facilitate your preferred Zanzibar activities, ensuring an unforgettable stay.

Scuba Diving
Sunset Cruises
Stone Town Tour
Jozani Forest Tours
Village Visits


Snorkelling in Zanzibar is an experience of a lifetime. The many varieties of coral around the island provide a home to thousands of colourful and exotic creatures, including blue ribbon tail rays, fire fish and clown fish.

Stay Safe

Don’t go snorkelling by yourself. Always let someone know that you’re going snorkelling, and give an estimated time that you’ll be back.


Know your gear and check all your equipment is working before heading out.

Know Yourself

If you’re having any doubts about your ability, don’t go without talking to one of our managers first. Be honest with yourself about your fitness level.

Plan Ahead

Always plan ahead for coming back to shore – remember that you have to swim back the same distance you’ve gone out and you may have to battle against winds and tides

Outside Conditions

Use sun cream and hydrate yourself before heading out – the sea is warm and you will be sweating without noticing.

Discover Mnemba Island

Take a dhow to Mnemba Island, fishing as we go. Then swim amongst the fish and other sea life (we provide fins and snorkel!) . And finally, head back to the hotel under the power of the dhow sail (winds permitting!). Trip starts around.

Here Is How It Works

There is no charge for snorkeling from The Zanzibari but you will need to bring your own equipment. Talk to one of our managers about the best times and places to see fish and anything else you should be aware of, such as tides, currents and general weather conditions.

Handy Tips And Safety

Ask us for the best times to go snorkelling in the Indian Ocean – depending on your experience level there are a number of different things you can do. Ideally you should wear a rash vest as well if you’re going out for longer than an hour – the water reflects and magnifies the sun so you will be getting twice the dose! Please be aware that all snorkelling is at your own risk.

Scuba Diving

The nearby Mnemba Atoll is one of the best diving spots in Zanzibar and world renowned. With warm waters averaging 27°C (80°F) 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. We and Fun Divers Zanzibar offer divers between 20% – 30% off when booking a Scuba Package.

Mnemba Atoll
Overall, Mnemba Atoll is a paradise for divers, offering a combination of warm waters, incredible visibility, and an abundance of marine life that makes it a must-visit destination for anyone looking to explore the underwater world’s beauty. Whether you’re there to admire the vibrant reef fish or hoping to catch a glimpse of magnificent whale sharks, it’s an experience that will leave you in awe of the ocean’s wonders.
Big Wall
The Big Wall is a notable dive site for experienced divers, known for its dramatic drop-off and the opportunity to encounter dolphins and turtles. However, the surrounding area offers a diverse range of dive experiences, from drift diving to exploring unique lunar landscapes and vibrant coral reefs. These sites collectively make this region a paradise for divers of all skill levels, with something to offer for those seeking both adventure and beauty beneath the waves.
Leven Bank

Leven Bank is an exhilarating dive site, offering experienced divers the chance to encounter big game fish, reef fish, moray eels, and explore a diverse underwater landscape. The combination of depth, marine life, and challenging conditions makes it a thrilling destination for underwater adventures in this part of the world.

Sunset Cruise

Experience the magic of Zanzibar’s sunset like never before! Join us for a captivating Dhow Cruise as the sun paints the sky with breathtaking hues. Stay tuned for an unforgettable journey where nature’s beauty meets the charm of traditional Zanzibari sailing.

Get On Board
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.
Set Sail
We hoist our sails and you will 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. You will also be able to snorkel for 15-20 minutes while the sun prepares it masterpiece.
Unwind In The Splendor Of Nature

A Zanzibar sunset dhow cruise combines relaxation, natural beauty, and the creation of cherished memories, making it a must-do experience for anyone visiting this idyllic island paradise.

Stone Town Tour

Stone Town is an UNESCO heritage site. During the tour you will witness a wide variety of sights, smells and sounds. The City Tour takes 2 – 3 hrs, and is also a good opportunity to hone your haggling skills when picking out souvenirs from the brightly coloured and adorned shops. 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.

House Of Wonders

The House of Wonders, or Beit-al-Ajaib as it is also called, was once East Africa’s tallest structure and functioned as Sultan Barghash’s ceremonial palace. Presently it is being renovated as a museum that offers a window into the rich history and culture of Zanzibar.

Palace Museum

Once the official residence of the Zanzibar Sultan, this museum showcases artifacts and exhibits that provide an insight into the lifestyles of the island’s past rulers.

Dr. Livingstone´s House
This residence carries historical importance as it is linked to Dr. David Livingstone, a celebrated Scottish missionary and explorer who actively campaigned against the abhorrent practice of the slave trade. It stands as a poignant reminder of the island’s troubled history.
Arab Fort

Constructed by the Omani Arabs during the 17th century, this fortress served as a defensive stronghold against potential invaders. Presently, it functions as a cultural center and provides breathtaking panoramic vistas of Stone Town.

The Old Slave Market

The Old Slave Market is a somber location that once played a pivotal role as a major trading center for enslaved individuals. It stands as a poignant testament to the hardships endured by countless people during this dark chapter in history.

House Of Tippu Tip

This dwelling belonged to Tippu Tip, a notable Arab figure involved in the slave trade. It offers a sobering glimpse into the dark history of Zanzibar’s involvement in the slave trade.

Anglican Church of Christ

The Anglican Church of Christ, constructed by the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa, serves as a poignant representation of the abolitionist cause and the struggle against slavery.

Carved Doors Of Zanzibar

Rectangular Arab doors feature elaborate carvings of lotus flowers and palm leaves, adorned with prevalent Arabic inscriptions. Similar to doors in the Indian style, these pieces are distinguished by their rounded tops and embedded brass studs. These doors were a strong indication of a household’s wealth and stature.

Zanzibar´s Central Markets

Dive into the lively ambiance of the bustling Central Market, where local vendors offer a diverse array of fresh produce, spices, and handmade crafts. This is a fantastic chance to partake in haggling and acquire some memorable souvenirs.

Spice Farm

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. We recommend combining this tour with a visit to Stone Town.

Zanzibar Spice Farms


Zanzibar’s landscape is adorned with numerous spice farms where farmers cultivate a diverse array of spices and herbs. Observe, interact with, and savor the fragrances of these spices in their native settings. Expert guides will accompany you, elucidating the cultivation techniques and the multifarious applications of each spice.

Aromas That Tantalize The Senses
Medical And Culinary Usage

Jozani Forest

Famed for its rare Red Colobus Monkeys (Piliocolobus kirkii), Jozani Forest is a unique destination that should be on everyones to do list when visiting Zanzibar.

Endemic Vegetation
How It Works
Unique Formations

Nungwi Village

Visiting the fishing village of Nungwi provides a captivating opportunity to observe the local culture and daily life. A twenty minute stroll from The Zanzibari along the beach will land you in the village. You can either explore village life by yourself or with a guide who will give you a wealth of local knowledge.

Nungwi Fish Market
Nungwi Aquarium
Nungwi Boat Building