Best time to visit Zanzibar

Beach Season

Visit outstanding beaches along the eastern or northern coasts with fishing villages, tropical palms, and mangrove forests washed by the Indian Ocean

Beach Season in Zanzibar - Best Time
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Beach season in Zanzibar has two periods—between June and September (the best time) and October through February (humidity tends to get too high) are ideal for relaxation and holidays. The island's white beaches, outstanding barrier reefs, and UNESCO world heritage sites make this a dream destination.

The island has 25 beaches located along the eastern and northern coasts. They can offer all of the main attractions like scuba diving, snorkelling, fresh seafood, and interesting sights.

The southern edge of Zanzibar is known for its schools of bottle-nosed dolphins where you can swim with these clever mammals.

Visit the Prison Island with its inhabitants—giant tortoises. It is also a perfect destination for coral reef diving.

Ras Nungwi Beach is known for its party atmosphere. Kendwa and Paje are great for water sports, like windsurfing or kite surfing. You can also check out the seaweed fishing village of Bwejuu with its lanky palm trees or Kiwengwa with the fanciest hotels and pure stretches of sand. No matter which beach you choose, you'll surely be in paradise!

The isolated Mafia Island boasts stunning palm-fringed beaches.

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