The fabulous archipelago of Spice Islands - namely Pemba,
Zanzibar and Mafia Island - are all different from each other but
equally fantastic. If you don't fancy island life, keep to the
mainland where we can recommend some great sandy hideaways.
Just south of Zanzibar
is Mafia Island. Home to some of the richest coral reefs in the
world and to Tanzania's first Marine Park, it has great snorkelling
and diving. With only a handful of hotels, including one of our
favourite's Pole Pole, and less than 1000 visitors each year, it is
one of those well kept secrets we want to keep to ourselves.
Luckily for everyone else, we're not that selfish.
For the ultimate Robinson Crusoe experience, Pemba Island is the
place to go. Fundu Lagoon is one of just three hotels. A constant
favourite with honeymooners, there is little chance of
The mainland coast hides some stunning white sand beaches, many
of which are pretty low key, and less developed than the more
popular Zanzibar island. Pangani beach was voted one of the worlds
best by the Sunday Times, or for a quick chill before you fly home,
head to a beach that lies just 20 minutes south of the capital, but
that feels worlds away.
For those feeling a little more energetic, the waters around the
Spice Islands archipelago host a rich variety of marine life, with
whaleshark sightings virtually guaranteed off of the coast of Mafia
island from October to February each year.
Other watersports available include fishing, kayaking,
windsurfing and waterskiing.