“Hakuna matata” – the “no worries” lifestyle of Zanzibar, a beautiful island surrounded by clear azure blue waters off the coast of Tanzania. There is never a need to rush here, and you’ll soon realise that neither does anyone else. Just order yourself another Kilimanjaro beer and kick back on one of the hundreds of pristine white sandy beaches dotted around the island.
But how do you decide which beach is the “best”?
My honest answer – I don’t think you will unless you go around the island yourself. I spent hours researching “the best beaches of Zanzibar” and all I really learnt was that the north was more popular (with more entertainment and more hotels) and the south (and east) where more relaxed with less entertainment and less tourists. In the end I think it was the quality and price of the available hotels that swayed my decision more than anything else.
If you really do want to read more about which beach to choose in Zanzibar, then head over to Google and just type in “the best beaches of Zanzibar” and you will get plenty of articles to read.
Where did I stay?
We stayed at Milele Beach Resort which we booked through www.booking.com. It is a small privately run hotel, with around seven rooms but the proximity to the beach is amazing – and the early morning view from the ‘family room’ was breathtaking.
One important point to note though… If you don’t have a car, accessing this hotel or venturing anywhere else on the island from the hotel will be difficult to near impossible by public transport and taxi costs will add up very (very) quickly.
What was the beach like?
At high tide it was one of the best tropical beaches I have ever seen. The water was warm and the beach was deserted. It gave the dictionary definition of paradise a new meaning.
At low tide the sea basically disappears into the horizon leaving behind a shallow pool to virtually an empty puddle stretching out for hundred of meters – swimming becomes impossible except off the end of Dongwe Club’s pier. This dilemma was named by Mehri as “sea problems” – an issue she claims doesn't exist in France*.
* I should probably mention that she is head over heals in love with France to the point that it's an addiction!!
My solution to this "sea problem" was to check the tide forecast and swim when it was high tide and explore the island, or just sit back and have a beer at low tide.
Where did we explore at low tide?
Stone Town – a UNESCO heritage town and a cultural melting pot of East African and Arabic influences.
Snorkelling – starfish and corals just a few minutes from the beach by boat (check out my Flickr 2018 – Tanzania album for photographs).
Other nearby options that we didn’t have time to visit…
Jambiani – a traditional fishing village and Jozani Forest – home to around 1000 Red Colobus monkeys.
Where to eat?
The Rock – a unique restaurant built on top of a lone standing rock, it is only accessible by boat at high tide.
I don’t have many pictures of Zanzibar’s beaches, but I do promise that if its sun, sea and sand you are after, a Zanzibar holiday will not disappoint. For the few photographs I do have, that have not been added to this journal page, just visit my Flickr 2018 – Tanzania album.
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