Exotic Zanzibar is a true paradise island with white, powder-like sand, thatched parasols, swaying palm trees and crystal-clear waters.
But where should you stay on the island? And what about the tides?
With its picture-postcard beaches, Zanzibar welcomes you to the most wonderful beach holiday in fairy-tale surroundings, no matter which beach you choose to stay at.
Below, you can read about the tides and the beaches at our resorts in Zanzibar.
Tides in Zanzibar
We get a lot of questions about the tides in Zanzibar and which beach to choose based on this. It is important to point out that the entire island is affected by tides, i.e. the change between high tide and low tide.
The extent to which a beach is affected by the tides is determined by the seabed, which indicates how far you can walk out before it gets deep.
On the beaches that are least affected by tides:
- It gets deep relatively quickly,
so even when it’s low tide, you can still swim.
This is especially true of the northern beaches, such as Kendwa and Nungwi.
On the beaches that are most affected by tides:
- The seabed is flatter,
so when it’s low tide, you have to walk out a long way before it gets deep, making it very child friendly.
- It is a really special experience to walk far out on the sea bed and find starfish, small fish and coral.
This is especially true of the beaches in the east, and also in the south and west to a certain extent
Note that the tide is a continuous process, so it will not be low tide all day.
Just three kilometres from the northernmost tip of the island, in the north-western part of Zanzibar, is Kendwa Beach. The beautiful beach enjoys an idyllic location and offers a wide range of activities as well as a festive vibe in the evening.
- The beach in Kendwa is not as affected by tides as some of Zanzibar’s other beaches, as the water gets deep relatively quickly. This means that you are guaranteed the best conditions around the clock if you dream of swimming all day long in the lovely sea.
- If you like a challenge and speed, you can take kite surfing lessons. On the beach in Kendwa, you have every opportunity to enjoy a fun, active and experience-packed day.
- Located in the north-east, Kendwa is known for its legendary sunsets, so if you’re dreaming of a romantic moment on the beach, Kendwa is the best choice for you.
The resort we use at Kendwa:
At the northernmost tip of Zanzibar is Nungwi Beach. Nungwi Beach is not only one of Zanzibar’s best beaches, but one of the most beautiful in all of Africa, too.
- It is possible to swim around the clock at Nungwi Beach as the beach is not as affected by the tides due to the sea bed. This makes for ideal conditions for beach guests who like to bathe.
- Snorkelling at Nungwi Beach is also good. Explore the colourful underwater world and be enchanted by the amazing life beneath the ocean’s waves.
- Nungwi Beach is popular and one the island’s most lively areas, which means lots of activities with restaurants and bars and, at times, a lot of people, too.
The resorts we use at Nungwi Beach:
Matemwe Beach is located in the north-eastern part of Zanzibar. The exotic beach stretches for almost three kilometres.
- Matemwe Beach is quieter than the other northern beaches. Explore the beach on a pleasant stroll in the white, powdery sand or immerse yourself in the tranquillity that the area has to offer.
- Should you feel the need for a little action, you can go on a boat trip and breathe in the fresh sea air. Here, you can enjoy some great snorkelling in the wonderful, crystal-clear waters, where you will encounter impressive, colourful fish.
- If you’re more into scuba diving, you will also find diving centres at Matemwe Beach. They can help arrange exciting diving trips promising a great diving experience in the Indian Ocean.
The resort we use at Matemwe Beach:
Kiwengwa Beach is a beautiful, long beach in north-east Zanzibar. It is also known as “Little Italy” due to the cosy Italian atmosphere that prevails there.
- On the beach, you will find several different water sports activities, such as windsurfing and kayaking. Here, you have every opportunity to swim in the sea, be active and have fun.
- If you fancy scuba diving and experiencing the fascinating undersea world, several different diving centres offer diving tours. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or experienced diver, there’s an adventure-packed dive for you.
- In addition to activities at sea, Kiwengwa Beach also offers pure relaxation and enjoyment. Soak up the warm rays of the sun as you read a good book or look out over the beautiful, long beach.
Resorts we use at Kiwengwa Beach:
The gem of a beach that is Pingwe Beach is located on the Michanwi Peninsula on the east coast of Zanzibar. Unlike many of Zanzibar’s beaches, Pingwe Beach is a more remote beach which is not overrun with amenities.
- Pingwe Beach is a veritable oasis of relaxation where you can enjoy a lovely beach holiday and wind right down. When the tide goes out, you can go for a lovely, long walk in the soft sand.
- When visiting Pingwi Beach, you should try the famous restaurant, “The Rock”, located on a rock in the water off the beach. At low tide, you can walk through the shallow water to the restaurant, while you may need to swim there or take a water taxi at high tide.
- Like many of Zanzibar’s other east-facing coasts, Pingwe Beach offers excellent conditions for water activities, such as kite surfing. At Pingwe Beach, you can enjoy a fun, action-packed day in the waves of blue.
The resort we use at Pingwe Beach:
The beautiful Paje beach is located in south-east Zanzibar. The beach has excellent wind conditions perfect for fun and challenging water activities.
- It is a veritable paradise for kite surfers. If you love being active and would like to learn to kite surf, this is the best place. The beach’s many kite schools are ready to help you learn the entertaining sport and enjoy an unforgettable experience.
- The beach in Paje also offers other fun water activities such as stand up paddle (SUP), snorkelling and kayaking. You have every opportunity to try some challenging and enriching activities on and in the azure waters here.
- If you’re more into relaxation and sunbathing, Paje is, of course, ideal for that, too. Enjoy the beautiful beach, the stunning views and the sound of the ocean waves. You can also go to the beach in the morning and experience some amazing sunrises.
The resort we use at Paje:
South of Paje is the 7-kilometre-long sandy beach, Jambiani Beach. Like the beach in Paje, Jambiani Beach is ideal for those who want to be active on the water. This is due to the good conditions offered by the tides and wind here.
- At low tide, you can enjoy a pleasant stroll along the beach and cool your feet off in the shallow water as you go.
- If you like being active, you can enjoy the sea at high tide and the beach’s typical side winds, which provide optimal conditions for wind or kite surfing, or sail out on the beautiful sea in inflatable boats.
- The sea off Jambiani Beach is ideal for snorkelling or scuba diving in the crystal-clear waters. Put on your snorkelling gear and explore the beautiful undersea world.
The resort we use at Jambiani Beach:
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