East Coast of Zanzibar

Travel to the east coast of Zanzibar to experience powder-white beaches. Watch waves breaking over untouched coral reefs and sand bars about a kilometer offshore. Wait until low tide to explore magical pools of starfish and anemones.Head inland to a beautiful strip of coconut palms hiding small fishing villages and dreamy holiday accommodation.


Discover spectacular flat beaches on Zanzibar’s east coast. When the tide is out, the water retreats a long way into the ocean, making swimming from the beach quite difficult. Instead, paddle to the top of the exposed reef with a local guide for fascinating sight-seeing.


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.


Sign up for some amazing diving and snorkeling excursions – Matemwe and Shooting Star lodges offer accessible dive centers,taking guests to the reefs around Mnemba Island. Rent a bicycle to explore the island’s markets and villages or try the fantastic spice tour at the Jozani Forest. You may encounter the rare Red colobus monkey.


Find a special lodge here on the east coast, where accommodation is more spacious than that in the Nungwi area.

  • MATEMWE LODGE:Book into this secluded venue, situated above a picturesque white beach. Enjoy stylish spacious upgraded rooms,with a deep-rooted charm.
  • MATEMWE RETREAT:Not far away, guests can also experience the lodge’s sister resort. Choose from three villas boasting private plunge pools and incredible sea views.
  • PONGWE BEACH HOTEL:Maybe book a few nights at this simple and very popular accommodation. Alone in a private shady cove, this down-to-earth resort offers very good value for money.
  • SHOOTING STAR:Above the stunning Kiwengwa Beach, discover this firm favourite amongst seasoned travelers. Run by a charismatic Zanzibari man, Elly, it attracts a youthful crowd and many honeymooners into its lively social mix.

Explore Mnemba Island, definitely in a class of its own. Imagine an intimate lodge,for just 20 people,and a chic desert island experience? You really can go barefoot all day on this small island floating about 5km off the east coast. It may not be cheap but it offers excellent value and is almost always full- sometimes with celebrities.

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