Beaches and leisure holidays is the perfect activity to round off a dusty and adventurous safari on the Tanzanian mainland or an exhausting climb up Mt Kilimanjaro is in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Tanzania’s approximately 1,400 km long coastline is blessed with amazing beaches and leisure holidays which are perfect for relaxing your mind. But if you are looking for a tropical paradise and some of the most beautiful, pristine beaches and leisure holidays in the world, the archipelago of Zanzibar is your perfect choice. These islands are located off the Tanzanian coast, not far from the largest city in Tanzania, the metropolis of Dar es Salaam.
Zanzibar boasts amongst the best beaches in the world, with coconut palms and powder soft coral sands washed by shimmering clear seas. The beaches in Zanzibar are paradise, scattered with picturesque fishing villages, where people live a simple way of life, unchanged over the years. There are more than 25 fantastic beaches, and some are so peaceful and remote that the only noise breaking the silence is the ocean.
The Zanzibar archipelago is reputed to have some of the best diving in the world. The waters around the island are awash with colorful marine life. Good visibility (20-60 metres) and a year-round average water temperature of 27°c ensure that you enjoy your Zanzibar diving experience.
Diving in Zanzibar isn’t restricted to beginners. Experienced scuba divers can enjoy exciting wall dives, night dives and drift dives. In deeper waters, lush coral gardens often stretch as far as the eye can see, and large game fish such as barracuda, kingfish, tuna and wahoo hunt together with large Napoleon wrasse, graceful manta rays and sharks.
Shallower waters are the playground of tropical fish, including a huge variety of Indo-Pacific marine fauna.
The beaches on the east coast include Matemwe, Pwani Mchangani, Kiwengwa, Uroa, Bwejuu and Jambiani. The sea is generally fairly shallow here – at high tide it can cover the beach and at low tide it almost seems to disappear.