A beach stay in Tanzania is about far more than sun, sea, and surf. Yes, you can relax on soft golden sands, dozing to the sound of the waves lapping against the shore, but there’s so much more to the archipelago than this. For a start, there’s the wonders awaiting you beneath the waves. Mafia Island is renowned for diving. Its marine park has some of the richest reefs in the world, so pull on your flippers and paddle amongst the coral, whale shark, and angelfish. The water in Chole Bay is especially calm and clear, and there are more than 400 species of fish!
Back on dry land, you can imagine yourself as Robinson Crusoe, casting away on Mnemba, your very own private island. This exclusive barefoot paradise accommodates a maximum of 24 guests and overlooks a pristine atoll. Walking through the trees you can spot Ader’s duiker and Suni antelope, and once the sun goes down nothing beats heading to the beach to see turtle hatchlings making their way down to the ocean. Fundu Lagoon on Pemba Island is yet another beach paradise; Stay in a safari style tented bungalow, relax by the pool, and be entranced by the intense colour and beauty of the sunsets.
The archipelago boasts incredibly diverse and rich cultural experiences, too. These spice islands were heavily influenced by sailors from across the Indian Ocean, who brought with them the tastes of home. Exploring the vibrant streets of Stone Town’s UNESCO listed Old Town in Zanzibar, you’ll see architectural influences from India and Arabia. Listen out for snatches of Swahili and Arabic, and feast on the mouthwatering fusion of flavours in the cafes, restaurants, and bars. Be sure to pay a visit to the Hamamni Persian Baths: their 19th century architects came all the way from Shiraz in Iran, which is how they got their name.