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Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, and 6° south of the equator. Zanzibar Island (known locally as Unguja, but as Zanzibar internationally) is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, occupying a total area of approximately 650 square miles. It is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town – said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.

Zanzibar’s brilliant white beaches lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean provide the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun and take a break from some busy sightseeing.

The beaches in Zanzibar are a paradise, interspersed with picturesque fishing villages, where the people live a simple way of life, unchanged over the years. There are more than 25 fantastic beaches in Zanzibar, and some are so peaceful and remote that the only noise breaking the silence is likely to be the ocean.

At the northern tip of the island is Nungwi, approached by a road lined by banana palms, mangroves and coconut trees. This is the dhow building capital of Zanzibar island, so it is a good place to see traditional craftsmen at work.

On the west coast of Zanzibar, Mangapwani beach is worth a visit, and to the east are the beaches of Matemwe, Pwani Mchangani, Kiwengwa, Uroa, Bwejuu and Jambiani, all with stretches of beautiful white sands.

Zanzibar also boasts several small offshore islands which are ideal for a day-trip. Prison (or Changu) island is the most popular with tourists because it is only a short trip from Stone Town. Originally, it was used by Arabs to detain recalcitrant slaves, and then a jail was built by the British, but it was never actually used. Visitors to Zanzibar will notice a large population of ancient Aldabra tortoises. Other islets near to Stone Town are Chapwani, Chumbe and Bawe.

Zanzibar is the ultimate Indian Ocean experience, with its fascinating historical Stone Town and magnificent beaches.

Best Choice Holidays aim to reveal more of what's on offer, and contains lots of useful, accurate and up-to-date information for visitors, including accommodation, maps and information on our fine weather.

With Best Choice Holidays, you can learn more about this island paradise, and plan an unforgettable holiday online. Quality hotels and tour operators are represented in the relevant sections, and with Zanzibar still an unspoilt paradise, this is the best place to see what you're missing out on!

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Zanzibar's Indian Ocean offers world class watersports including scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing and sailing on traditional local dhows.

Property Location Centrally located in Zanzibar Town, The Market Lodge is minutes from Anglican Cathedral and Livingstone's House. This hotel is within close proximity of House of Wonders and Old Fort.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 16 air-conditioned..
Mbuyuni Beach Village is located on the east cost of Zanzibar, 50 km from Zanzibar town and international Airport. Complex facilities include reception, bar, restaurant, swimming pool and garden. All rooms are basic and features ceiling fan, private shower,..
Mbuyuni Beach Village is based on the lovely thatched -palm roof beach bungalows that are set in the lovely tropical gardens,close to the white sandy beach. Is ideal place for couples,friends and families alike who are looking for affordable sunny holiday..
Property Location With a stay at The Seyyida Hotel And Spa in Zanzibar Town Stone Town, you'll be minutes from House of Wonders and Forodhani Gardens. This hotel is within close proximity of Old Fort and Anglican Cathedral.Rooms Make yourself at home..
Property Location With a stay at The Swahili House, you'll be centrally located in Zanzibar Town, steps from Anglican Cathedral and minutes from House of Wonders. This hotel is within close proximity of Old Fort and Forodhani Gardens.Rooms Make yourself..
This small hotel is located 150 m from the beach and 60 km to Stone town, Zanzibar Facilities and services include: bar, restaurant and outdoor parking facilities The complex consists of a beachside and a hillside (stairs leading to the hillside) The..
Property Location With a stay at Al-Minar Hotel in Zanzibar Town Stone Town, you'll be minutes from Stonetown Beach and Old Fort. This hotel is within close proximity of Forodhani Gardens and House of Wonders.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the..
Facilities and services include a restaurant, lounge bar, outdoor pool and sundeck, wireless Internet in public areas and parking. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, telephone, safe box, hairdryer and mini bar. *Please note that some of the..
Property Location When you stay at La Madrugada Beach Hotel in Makunduchi East Coast Zanzibar, you'll be within the vicinity of Jambiani Beach. This beach hotel is within the region of Kizimkazi Beach and Paje Beach.Rooms Make yourself at home in one..
Located next to the beach in Makunduchi, 70 km from the International airport of Zanzibar Facilities and services include restaurant, bar, swimming pool, children's pool, wireless Internet access in public areas, safe at reception, parking and TV room...