North Coast of Zanzibar

Experience the breathless beaches of the north and north-west coasts of Zanzibar, renowned for their spectacular and numerous beach resorts. Focus on four major beaches if you want to get the most out of your island holiday: Nungwi, Kendwi, Kendwa and Mnemba Atoll. Tumbatu Island is completely different but equally lovely.


Spend your time resting and relaxing on exquisite beaches. Remember that most resorts in the region offer a variety of watersports, boat trips, diving trips, village tours and excursions to other parts of the island. Nungwi’s West Coast beach is the warm heart of Northern Zanzibar’s tourist industry.


Enjoy the beach, a busy yet peaceful and scenic tourist hub.Water babies can take to the shores and do water sports such as kayaking and surfing. Then try Zanzibar’s wildest nightlife -for those who are into discos and parties, party till you drop. Book a lunch table at world class restaurants offering delicious seafood with views of the ocean.


Take a trip into Nungwi village, the dhow-making capital of the country, just 2 hours’ drive from Stone Town and Zanzibar International Airport. Get a fascinating insight into the dhow-making industry, a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation for more than a century. Even the tools are still made the same way.


Appreciate a stop at the turtle sanctuary and aquarium or quench your thirst for culture and history with a tour of the Mangapwani Cave. This was a secret hideout from which slaves were illegally led out to the sea through a secret passage after the official closure of the Slave Market in June 1873.


Some holidaymakers prefer the smaller and less developed Kendwa,3 km south of Nungwi. Enjoy great swimming at this beautiful beach, growing more popular over the past five years.

  • WATER SPORTS: Try out some breath-taking scuba diving and snorkelling or find out about other water activities in the bay.
  • BOATING: Take dreamy boat trips on traditional dhows during the day or at sunset – an unforgettable experience.
  • FULL MOON FUN: Don’t miss the full moon parties and nightlife for which Kendwa is well-known – especially around the Kendwa Rocks Hotel. This location offers lovely beaches and a wonderful platform to meet people.
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