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In planning a beach holiday like this, you will be aware that there are many alternative destinations that you could choose. So how do you decide?
We believe that there are numerous reasons for choosing the absolutely idyllic Indian Ocean destination of Zanzibar. To find out why, click here.
We have created this interactive Google-map based guide to Zanzibar. Simply click on one of the highlighted areas for more information on each. You can also scroll around the map and zoom in or out using the keys in the top left hand corner of the map. This is necessary to see where places like Pemba Island and Mafia Island are located. For a photographic satellite view that reveals many interesting details click on the "Sat" box in the top right.
Where to start? To make matters easier we have broken down the island's coastline into four distinct regions - all of which offer perfect tropical beaches, water sports and relaxing accommodation.
In fact the term 'Zanzibar' strictly refers to the entire Zanzibar Archipelago. Its principal island - Unguja - is what we more usually refer to as 'Zanzibar' itself. Added to this, however, are the two quite sizeable islands of Pemba and Mafia, together with a range of much smaller islands. In this section we focus on those islands which are potential places in which one might actually stay overnight, rather than merely visit.
Zanzibar is not just about its beaches - wonderful though these are. Its capital, Stone Town, well repays a visit, or even a couple of nights' stay if you have the time.
It may well be that you only have a night or two to spare anyway - prior to your return flight following a safari for example, or while in transit. In these circumstances, getting over to Zanzibar and back might be too much hassle. Hence we thought that it might be useful to refer you to a number of beaches on mainland Tanzania - offering much of what the Island does - but within easy reach of Dar and your departure airport.