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Zanzibar see + do

Sightseeing in Zanzibar is the logical end to Tanzania's classic bush-to-beach safari. After a week of bumping along on game drives in the Serengeti or climbing Kilimanjaro, a few days of lazing on the islands' pearl-white beaches feels like a hard-earned reward. But visitors taking their first trip to the "Spice Islands" might be surprised by all they have to offer. Take a few days to explore Stone Town, where the weathered facades still recall the city's 19th-century prominence as one of the region's most important ports, then visit the island's sprawling spice plantations or a lush forest sanctuary that's home to one of Africa's rarest primates.

Oh, and about those beaches: Zanzibar is awash in dazzling stretches of sand. But some of the archipelago's greatest rewards are offshore, where world-class coral reefs lure divers and snorkelers to explore a colorful underwater kingdom. Spend some time diving the dramatic shelf off the coast of Pemba or snorkeling the spectacular coral gardens around Mnemba and Chumbe.

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Water Sports

Thanks to the warm Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is the perfect spot to frolic in the water. You can windsurf, water-ski, sail, or fish (this is, after all, one of the...more

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Stone Town, Stone Town

During the 19th century, when its Omani rulers were at the height of their powers, Stone Town was home to a colorful collection of scheming sultans, greedy...more

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Spice Tour

In the 19th century, when Zanzibar was at the height of its economic prominence, its sprawling plantations dominated the global spice market—as well as...more

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Pemba

A short flight from Unguja—the island commonly referred to as "Zanzibar"—will bring you to this tropical gem, a lush, hilly emerald isle where time...more

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Jozani Forest

A leafy oasis about an hour's drive from Stone Town, Jozani is a good place to break up the monotony of long, lazy days on the beach. Hard-core hikers might be...more

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Diving in Zanzibar

Zanzibar's dive scene is striking and diverse, from sunken ships off the coast of Stone Town to dramatic, plunging walls ringing Pemba and colorful coral...more

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Chumbe Island, Chumbe Island

A pristine, coral-ringed island off the south coast of Stone Town, Chumbe is the site of one of Zanzibar's most ambitious—and...more

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