Zanzibar is a vibrant island that’s full of life! It has immense historical significance and has been an important trading center. Many different ethnic groups settled here, all of which have their influences over the island.
Here are the best 10 things to do when you visit Zanzibar island:
- Go kitesurfing
Kitesurfing is an extreme water sport activity that gives you an adrenaline rush! For all the adrenaline junkies out there, make sure you don’t miss the chance to go kitesurfing at Zanzibar!
It’s one of the best kitesurfing destinations in the world with consistent, strong winds.
Best beaches for kitesurfing: Paje, Jambiani and Nungwi.
- Explore Stone Town
Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site owing to its historical significance! Its narrow streets and ancient architecture give off amazing tourist vibes!
Here are some of the best places to explore in Stone Town:
- Palace Museum
- Old Fort
- Darajani Market
- The Old Dispensary
- Taste delicious local food
The local Swahili cuisine of Zanzibar tastes delicious! You’ll long for more once you’re back home. Try to enjoy every bite of the local food you have because you won’t get it back home. The Forodhani Gardens Food Market in Stone Town has delicious street food like Zanzibar Pizza, mishkaki, and Chipsi Mayai. For the best local seafood, head over to the Rock Restaurant, which is surrounded by the Indian Ocean on all sides and literally located on top of a rock!
- Go scuba diving or snorkeling
There are many rewarding scuba diving and snorkeling spots in the Indian Ocean around Zanzibar island. Try these activities and explore the beauty of the underwater world!
Some of the best scuba diving/snorkeling spots include:
- Shane’s Reef near Nungwi
- The Great Northern near Stone Town
- Ukombe Reef
- Dolphin Wall
- Kendwa Reef
- Dhow sunset cruise
Take a dhow sunset cruise in the Indian Ocean! Dhows are traditional Swahili boats that have been around for centuries! Don’t worry, they’re safe.
A sunset cruise is a one-of-a-kind experience that will relax your mind and give you peace. Watch the sunset as it paints the sky with beautiful colors!
- Jozani Forest
Jozani Forest has many medicinal plants and trees! Try to walk with a guide so that he can tell you the medicinal purpose of each tree. You can also spot rare wildlife species here including the Zanzibar syke’s monkeys and red Colobus monkeys!
Don’t forget to take the mangrove boardwalk at the Forest! It walks you through the canopy of the forest via suspended bridges and brings you closer to the monkeys and birds sitting on the trees!
- Explore Prison Island
Take a ferry from Stone Town and reach this pristine island in just 30 minutes! It is called Prison Island because it was used as a prison for rebellious slaves in earlier times. However, the island is now a sanctuary for giant tortoises! Some of them are even older than a hundred years!
The island also offers excellent snorkeling spots.
- Spice tour
Zanzibar is also called the Spice Island owing to the spice trade that took place here. As many different ethnic groups settled in Zanzibar at different times, spices were introduced in the area. Zanzibar now grows many spices! You can take a spice tour to spot plants of various spices. You can even purchase fresh spices from the spice farms!
- Go fishing
The north of Zanzibar offers the best fishing experience. Giant trevallies, kingfish and barracudas are found here! There’s nothing better than eating fresh barbecued seafood on your boat.
- Chill at Nungwi beach
Nungwi is one of the most beautiful beaches in Zanzibar! Head over to Nungwi and relax at the beach! The sound of the ocean waves crashing against the shore will soothe your mind and give you peace! There are a lot of other activities available here like scuba diving and snorkeling.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Zanzibar and have a great time!