Top 5 Unforgettable Things to Do in Zanzibar

So, you’ve just landed in Zanzibar and can’t wait to explore this magnificent island. Great! We’ve put together five memorable things to do and explore in and around Zanzibar, for a rewarding cultural and natural experience of a lifetime:  

  1. Sports

If you are a water sports enthusiast you going to love these perfect alternatives to relaxing in a pool: Diving, Kiteboarding, Big Game Fishing, Snorkelling, Kayaking, Sunset/Sailing Dhows Cruises, Windsurfing, Water Skiing/Wake boarding, SUP-ing/Stand Up Paddle Boarding etc.

Otherwise, get a bit of culture, history, exercise and fun on cycling tours to Nungwi and the Northern Tip, Off Road Biking to a Hidden Beach etc. with Zanzibar Cycling Adventures.


  1. Boat Trips

Unguja Ukuu Boat Trip: Experience the beauty of one of Zanzibar’s most fertile places, its profusion of forest makes it feel like a place where spirits and magic reside.


  1. Tours

A visit to the “Spice Isle” would be incomplete without taking the famous Spice Tour. The smell of the island's major export pervades the islands, especially during the harvest season between July and December. The tour stops to see, smell and taste the tropical fruits and spices. Visitors can also purchase spices and spice oils at very economic prices.

Kizimkazi Mosque & Dolphin Tour: Situated on the southern point of the island, Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins which can often be sighted following a short boat trip from the village. Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th century mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa.

  1. Nature:

The Jozani Forest Reserve is the last sanctuary in the world for the rare red Colobus Monkey, which is endemic to Zanzibar. The 484 acre reserve is located in the central eastern region of Zanzibar Island and is also home to other species including Syke's Monkeys, Bush Pigs and nocturnal Zanzibar Leopards.


  1. History:

Stone Town: The heart of Zanzibar is the only functioning historical city in East Africa and is much the same today as it was 200 years ago. Sights include: The Hamami Baths, The Africa House Hotel, the house of notorious slave-trader Tippu-Tip, the slave pit, the National Museum, the old Slave Market, the Dhow Harbour, the House of Wonders, the Jamituru Gardens and night food market etc. Other sights just outside the city include the Persian Baths of Kidichi, the Maruhubi Palace Ruins, the Bububu railway and the Mangapwani Slave Caves.


And more . . .

  1. Fishing with local Dhow and "jumping" out of coral reef like a local [Must Try!].
  2. Take a cooking course with local women.
  3. Hop on a dala-dala (renegade minibus taxis) for an epic trip around the island.
  4. Otherwise, sit and stare at the pristine water for hours on end.