Spicy Island of Zanzibar 585

Zanzibar Island is the most well known of the islands in this area, but the archipelago also consists of the lush Pemba to the north and numerous smaller islands and islets poised in luxuriously turquoise seas in the south. The beauty of this area has tempted travellers, traders, slave-traders and colonists for centuries, but there are still many areas on these islands that remain unexplored, pristine and untouched!

Forodhani gardens
Zanzibar is famous for once being the commercial centre of East Africa and has been known as "the Spice Island" because of its many spice plantations and spice tours. It combines ancient Islamic ruins, noble Arabic houses with miles of white sandy palm fringed beaches and coves.

The ocean offers warm clear blue waters with excellent reefs for; snorkelling and diving, fantastic deep sea fishing, water sports and delicious fresh fish! The activities available on Zanzibar include: spice tours, dhow trips, diving, deep sea fishing, sailing, walking safaris, ballooning, bird watching, dolphin-watching, and visiting a number of interesting sites such as Jozani Forest, Chumbe Islands, or the historical ruins of Mbweni Palace.

Beach Activities

Diving and snorkelling can be extraordinary in this part of the world. The seas around Zanzibar, Mafia, Chole Bay and the Pemba Channel are considered among the best waters for diving in the Indian Ocean. Chole Bay is part of a protected marine park, with an unbroken reef running the length of the Mafia Island.

The diving here is spectacular and includes colourful coral gardens, walls at various levels and many shelves and coral heads. The coral keeps many colourful fish, including hawksbill and sea turtles - for exceptional diving opportunities and experiences. Mafia is a perfect destination for divers seeking adventure and beauty, or for those who just want to relax in this idyllic tropical setting.