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Tanzania Beaches - Where to Go

The Tanzania Coast

Sprawling, bustling Dar es Salaam is perhaps not an obvious choice for a beach holiday but its international airport and central location means that this city is the logistics hub for the Tanzania coast. There are however great beach hotels and resorts within a 2-hour drive of the city while the unique Saadani National Park, tucked away in a wild coastal forest some 150km north of Dar es Salaam, makes for a great safari and beach combination.

Zanzibar & Tanzania Islands


Zanzibar Island

The crown jewel in Tanzania's coastal treasure chest and most famous for its idyllic holiday resorts and boutique beach hotels (not to mention outstanding scuba diving), Zanzibar is more diverse than you might think. Stone Town, the historical quarter of the island's capital Zanzibar Town, offers the inquisitive traveller the chance to explore twisting alleys, mosques and markets while scattered around Zanzibar are tiny, off-the-beaten-track islands, ideal for honeymooners and get-away-from-it-all vacations.

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Mnemba Island

A tiny island paradise lying a kilometre north-east of Zanzibar Island, Mnemba is the epitome of exclusivity and privacy. Its legendary reef makes for some of the best diving and snorkelling in the Zanzibar Archipelago.

Pemba Island

Set 50km from Zanzibar and long in its shadow, those who do travel to Pemba are seldom disappointed. Covered in forest and spice plantations and ringed by great beaches, it's still early days for tourism to Pemba which makes it perfect for people looking for a Tanzania beach holiday without the crowds.

Mafia Island

Lying a hefty 160km north of Zanzibar, Mafia has managed to remain under the radar for decades. It's a classic Indian Ocean island with a genuinely serene tropical ambience and is home to one of the world's best dive sites.

Chumbe Island

An uninhabited island 12km south of Zanzibar Town and home to a pristine coral reef and private marine reserve, Chumbe makes an ideal day trip for keen divers and snorkellers.

Chole Island

a tiny scrap of land barely a kilometre long and accessible only via a 15-minute boat ride from Mafia Island. Chole lies at the heart of the Mafia Island Marine Park; its shallow-water reefs teem with life and you're assured of an exceptionally exclusive and private experience.

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