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Beaches galore, spice plantation tours, and exploring Stone Town’s historic streets, all on the Zanzibar Archipelago’s largest island.

Simply uttering Zanzibar’s name conjures images of swaying palms and dazzling sands. The Zanzibar Archipelago’s largest island is firmly on people’s radars — and for good reason. Our specialists have explored from coast to coast and can help you make the most of your stay. They can arrange everything from snorkelling and diving trips exploring coral reefs to spice plantation tours, guided forest walks in search of red colobus monkeys, sailing trips to secluded sandbanks, and an evening food tour around Stone Town’s historic streets.

Depending on where you stay on the island, you can easily spend whole days enjoying Zanzibar’s beaches — swimming, sunbathing, and making use of your resort’s pools and rental bikes. But, we also recommend delving deeper to discover the island’s spice-trade roots and the mix of African, Portuguese, Omani, British, German, and Indian influences on its culture.

Our guides can take you on a walking tour of Stone Town to see significant buildings like the Portuguese-influenced House of Wonders and the houses where Freddie Mercury and Livingstone lived. They’ll also show you a darker side to the island as you visit museums that tell you about the island’s ties to the slave trade. In the evening, watch dhows sailing at sunset as you sip a rooftop drink.

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Places to visit in Zanzibar Island

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Zanzibar Island, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring Zanzibar Island

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Zanzibar Island, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Zanzibar Island

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    Places in and around Zanzibar Island

    Accommodation choices for Zanzibar Island

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Zanzibar Island. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.