The Indian Ocean on the shores of East Africa is clear, fresh and sparkling, the coral sands of the islands are soft, white and powdery, the marine life and coral reefs are thriving. In short, these are fabulous beaches… too good to miss… and a perfect itinerary combination after dusty, inland adventuring on safari.
This glorious Swahili coastline has sands to suit all requirements, whether you wish for action, adventure or desert island calm, whether you prefer air-conditioning or the island breeze, gourmet dining or fresh grilled fish al fresco, glamorous beach glitz or barefoot luxury. All are imbued with a heavily laid-back attitude and the extraordinary turquoise of the ocean provides fabulous colour therapy stress relief - even if you don’t feel like leaping in.
From the water’s edge you can watch the lazy progress of traditional fishing dhows, zig-zagging the horizon beneath billowing lanteen sails, just as they have for many hundreds of years. This is a coastline with a gloriously rich and fascinating history, to be enjoyed even from the comfort of your sunbed!
There is excellent diving on the reefs around the islands, and options for big game fishing from many beach locations, but you should discuss your interests at the time of booking, as the characteristics of each location suit individual tastes. Be aware that the costs for boating excursions, diving and fishing vary from lodge to lodge.
Odyssey Itinerary Genius!
Our favourite Tanzania itineraries incorporate two beach locations, either side of the safari. We devised this ideal combination over 15 years ago, to allow for a little more rest and relaxation, and provides an opportunity for further exploration of the mainland coast and islands.
Guide to the beaches:
The mainland coast is less tidal, the sand is generally yellower, and although there are options for diving here, you are not able to everywhere.
The islands have whiter, coral sands and tend to be more tidal. Diving is more widely available, from most beach lodges.
For a fabulous hideaway just a short hop from the airport, we highly recommend Ras Kutani
, on the mainland coast. The beach is huge, with wonderful sand and atmosphere, the lodge is private and quiet with superb food. There is no diving from here.
If you are seeking watersports on the mainland, we would recommend Tides, at Pangani.
For ultimate barefoot luxury the best beach in the country and snorkelling straight outside your bedroom banda, save up for Mnemba Island, off the northernmost tip of Zanzibar.
If you would prefer to up the glitz factor, (although this is only relative as Zanzibar style is not terribly glitzy anywhere), you might look at staying at Baraza
, on the East Coast of Zanzibar…the rooms are air-conditioned, private and smart.
For the best private villa and diving, consider Ras Nungwi
, Northern Zanzibar…
NB. These are just a select few, and further discussion is worthwhile before any booking! Please call us for more information, pertaining to your personal interests, tides, time of year, etc.