The islands of Zanzibar

L’archipel de Zanzibar compte un grand nombre de petits îles toutes les plus insolites les unes que les autres. Paradis de l’Océan Indien les îles de Zanzibar sont sources de quiétude. Découvrez notre selection d’îles, d’Off Road Tanzanie.


The main island of Zanzibar is Ugunja


Experience an authentic holiday on the island of Mafia


Pemba is the island for diving enthusiasts


Set sail for unusual nights on the island of Chumbe


Even further south and more authentic, the island of Fanjove


A must for divers, the private island of Mnemba

The islands of Zanzibar

The Zanzibar archipelago, off the coast of Tanzania, is a true tropical paradise known for its white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and rich cultural heritage. If you’re looking for an exotic getaway, Zanzibar is a dream destination. We’ll introduce you to Zanzibar’s main islands, their tourist attractions and what makes them unique destinations for travellers seeking relaxation, adventure and cultural discovery.

  1. Zanzibar (Unguja): Zanzibar’s main island, commonly known as Zanzibar or Unguja, is a true tropical gem. Known for its palm-fringed white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and enchanting atmosphere, Zanzibar is the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries. You can go scuba diving, explore the unspoilt coral reefs and enjoy the gentle sea breeze. The island is also home to Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its narrow streets, bustling markets and traditional Swahili architecture.
  2. Pemba: situated to the north of Zanzibar, the island of Pemba is a less-frequented but equally captivating destination. Renowned for its unspoilt natural beauty, Pemba offers an authentic experience away from the hustle and bustle of tourism. Deserted beaches, unspoilt coral reefs, lush rainforests and spice plantations make it a true paradise for nature lovers and divers. Pemba is also known for its traditional fishing and tranquil atmosphere, perfect for those looking to relax and connect with nature.
  3. Mafia: although technically located in the vicinity of Zanzibar, the island of Mafia deserves a special mention. It is famous for its marine park, which is one of the most preserved and diverse ecosystems in the Indian Ocean. The Mafia Marine Park is home to spectacular coral reefs, turquoise lagoons, mangroves and an abundance of marine life. Divers and snorkellers will be delighted to discover a variety of marine species, including whale sharks, which visit the area from November to February.
  4. Mnemba: The private island of Mnemba is a haven of peace off the north-east coast of Zanzibar. Known for its secluded beaches, crystal-clear waters and unspoilt coral reefs, Mnemba is a paradise for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. The island is also home to a protected marine reserve, where you can observe a multitude of marine species, including sea turtles, manta rays and colourful tropical fish. Mnemba offers a luxurious and exclusive experience, with a handful of upmarket lodges for an intimate getaway.
  5. Chumbe: Located around 6km off the west coast of Zanzibar, Chumbe Island is a marine reserve and protected forest. It is home to remarkable biodiversity, including pristine coral reefs, endangered sea turtles and a wide variety of birds. Chumbe also offers a unique eco-tourism experience with its award-winning eco-lodge, which runs entirely on solar energy and promotes environmental conservation. It’s the perfect place for nature lovers and conservationists alike.

The islands of Zanzibar offer idyllic getaways, combining white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, unspoilt nature and a rich culture. From the spellbinding beauty of Zanzibar to the intimate charms of Pemba, and the underwater wonders of Mafia and Mnemba, each island offers a unique experience. Whether you’re looking for relaxation, underwater adventure, cultural immersion or communion with nature, Zanzibar and its islands await you with their enchanting landscapes and warm hospitality. Get ready to marvel at Zanzibar’s hidden treasures and enjoy an unforgettable travel experience.

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