Holidays to Zanzibar Island

The spice isle of Zanzibar is the star attraction of Tanzania's tropical islands, with spectacular diving, crisp white beaches and a unique blend of Swahili and Arabian influence: the residue of around 2,000 years of sea-trading. Zanzibar city and historic Stone Town are set pieces on any itinerary; here you'll embark on spice tours and find a wide variety of hotels, both old and new - many of which are marked by the island's heritage through their distinctive architecture.

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Zanzibar Island Highlights

  • Tantalising spice tours
  • Exploring the World Heritage Site of Stonetown
  • Superb diving and snorkelling opportunities off the coast
  • Captivating Swahili architecture and culture
  • The East Coast's stunning palm lined beaches
  • Dolphin watching at Kizimkazi
  • The walking trails, lush vegetation and wildlife of Jozani Forest

To experience Zanzibar's dreamy beaches, steal away from the city bustle to the coast. The palm lined beaches and warm Indian Ocean waves lapping the sand is nothing short of idyllic. Water sport activities abound, with snorkelling and diving the gateway to bright coral reefs and vivid marine life, while a number of luxury resorts dot the coast. To take-in the best holidays to Zanzibar Island have to offer, the East Coast is a sure bet for picture-postcard beauty, with the area around Chwaka Bay particularly noteworthy. Sticking to the coast, travel to the southwestern end of the island to Kizimkazi; the main attraction here is the chance to see bottlenose dolphin - best seen from October to February.

Travelling inland you'll find Jozani Forest, a unique attraction on the island. Housed within the Chwaka Bay National Park the forest is all that remains of the lush vegetation that once carpeted most of the island. There's a real sense of history attached to it and plenty of walking trails to explore. Jozani's main draw is Kirk's red colobus monkey, a colourful primate that remains endangered. It's hardly the only inhabitant however, with the rare Ader's duiker, Sykes monkey and a plethora of birdlife to take-in.

Selected Zanzibar Island Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Zanzibar Island

All Tanzania Itineraries
Pool and view at Four Seasons Serengeti

The Ultimate Summer Tanzania Family Holiday

Cost For Family of 4
From $29,170 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Arusha, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves, Zanzibar Island
Baraza beach

Kenya and Zanzibar Safari and Beach Holiday Itinerary

Cost Per Person
From $4,340 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Masai Mara, Zanzibar Island
Shangri-La Barr Jissah

Opulent Oman and Zanzibar Holiday

Cost Per Person
From $4,020 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Zanzibar Island
The Pool at the Residence Zanzibar

The Residence Zanzibar Special

Cost Per Adult
From $4,400 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar Island Accommmodation

All Tanzania accommodations
  • Shooting Star Lodge
    Star bar and beach

    With a magnificent stretch of beach and spectacular ocean views, Shooting Star Lodge is an excellent property situated on Zanzibar's northernmost peninsula.

  • Asilia Matemwe Lodge
    Guest room exterior

    Found on the quiet north east coast of Zanzibar, experience spectacular diving in the surrounding coral at Matemwe Lodge.

  • Baraza Resort and Spa

    A charming boutique hotel situated on the stunning Bwejuu Beach enjoy strong service and cuisine, and relax at the well-appointed spa.

  • The Residence Zanzibar
    Lobby exterior

    A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, this seductive retreat offers a number of facilities, comfortable accommodation and a number of activities.

  • Kasha Boutique Hotel
    Dining room

    Found on the cliffs overlooking a magnificent lagoon, relax in your luxury villa and enjoy delicious local food at the Sama Restaurant.

  • Kilindi Zanzibar

    Set on a stunning beach on Zanzibar's north west coast enjoy spectacular service, magnificent scenery and a relaxing beach break away.

  • Mnemba Island
    Banda exterior

    Less than a mile in circumference, experience barefoot luxury with this island escape. There's the chance to see turtles, when in season, explore outstanding coral reefs, and indulge in laid back island life.

  • Pongwe Beach Hotel
    Beachfront interior

    Set on Zanzibar's stunning east coast, go snorkelling in the reef just offshore, enjoy delicious meals and relax in comfort at Pongwe Beach Hotel.

  • Sea Cliff Resort and Spa
    Junior suite

    Relax in the Shwari Spa, enjoy comfortable accommodation and take in captivating views from Sea Cliff Resort and Spa's excellent hilltop situation.

  • The Z Hotel
    Deluxe sea view room

    Situated on the northern tip of Zanzibar, The Z Hotel is a charming boutique property offering a range of activities and pretty scenery.

  • Breezes Beach Club & Spa

    A lovely property on the east coast, Breezes is a family run hotel where attention to detail, tropical gardens and untouched beaches await.

  • Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel
    Room exterior

    Set on Matemwe beach this boutique hotel is small and intimate with only 4 spacious bandas.

  • Asilia Matemwe Retreat
    Private guest roof terrace

    A small intimate escape, this pretty retreat is set on a private stretch of land and offers comfortable accommodation and range of water based activities.

  • Dream of Zanzibar
    Outdoor dining

    Dream of Zanzibar is set on Kiwengwa beach and offers uninterrupted ocean views, exclusive accommodation and well-appointed facilities.

  • Gold Zanzibar Beach House and Spa
    Luxury villa retreat pool area

    Situated on the norther tip of Zanzibar, Gold Zanzibar Beach House and Spa overlooks a crisp white sandy beach and offers an exclusive beachfront experience.

  • Hideaway of Nungwi Resort and Spa
    Jacuzzi suite - jasmine bedroom

    Boasting an excellent beachfront location, Hideaway of Nungwi Resort and Spa is an exclusive property set in 25 acres of beautifully manicured grounds.

  • The Palms Zanzibar

    Set on the South East coast of Zanzibar, The Palms Zanzibar is a small and intimate beachfront retreat found on the award winning beach of Bwejuu.

  • Unguja Lodge

    Constructed from local materials, including coral, and built by Zanzibari craftsmen, Unguja Lodge is ideal for those seeking authenticity from a stay on the island.