Zanzibar is the ideal destination for a beach holiday - either as a relaxing extension to an exciting big-game safari, or simply as a holiday in its own right.
What makes Zanzibar particularly appealing is that, in contrast to many other similar tropical paradises, most budgets can be catered for here. The price per night that you might pay may vary by a factor of ten or more - but the quality of your experience will lie within much closer bounds than this.
In addition to relaxing on the beach, or in the hotel pool, you can undertake a variety of watersports here, together with fishing, boat cruises, tours of the island and more. Even the island's capital - Stone Town - well repays a visit, with its fascinating, and sometimes dark, history (Zanzibar used to be the centre of Africa's slave trade).
We guarantee that you will want to return after spending time on one of Zanzibar's idyllic beaches.
Not a classic beach destination, Chumbe Island retains its coral reefs intact, offering outstanding snorkelling opportunities (although scuba diving is not allowed).
Mafia Island is an unspoilt destination noted in particular for the watersport activities and deep-sea fishing that it hosts.
With just one exclusive hotel, Mnemba Island is almost your own private retreat - and has been described as one of the world's top three most romantic beach locations.
Pemba Island remains a largely undeveloped agricultural destination, with voodoo healing and professional level watersports among its attractions.
The effective capital of Zanzibar, Stone Town offers a fascinating glimpse into the past, including reminders of the infamous slave trade.
As an alternative to travelling over to Zanzibar Island, why not consider a night or two on an equally idyllic mainland beach? And in Saadani you can also go on safari.
If it's a largely tourist-free beach location that you're after, just wanting relaxation, then the various resorts on Zanzibar's East Coast will give you this.
Zanzibar's Northern tip is where it's all happening - the watersports, the night life and the maximum density of other tourists. Depends what you are after - activity or quiet.
Very similar to Zanzibar's East Coast, it's Southern coastal stretch offers the opportunity to simply relax on a perfect beach, in reasonable solitude.
Many visitors seem to be unaware that Zanzibar's West Coast offers equally good beach and watersport facilities to other areas, together with much closer proximity to Stone Town and the airport.