Zanzibar Beach Holidays | Thompsons Holidays

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Date: February 19, 2020

Zanzibar Holidays for everyone

The Zanzibar archipelago consists of more than 50 islands, ranging from tiny outcrops to the larger, more populated islands of Zanzibar and Pemba.
Most of the beaches are beautiful, with powdery white sand and shaded by palm trees. The sea is shallow, but venture out into the turquoise water and you will find coral reefs for great snorkelling and diving. The larger islands are lush and the air is infused with the aroma of fruit and spices which is a delicacy in Zanzibar.

Zanzibar holidays can be a great, relaxed beach getaway. The main island offers an exceptional diversity of accommodation, from simple beach lodges and small boutique hotels to all-inclusive beach resorts and luxury hotels.

If you're in search of a remote island getaway, a Zanzibar holiday package has everything you need for your 2020 vacation!

Zanzibar beach holidays
Options for a Zanzibar beach holiday are many, but broadly, the island can be divided into five areas: Nungwi in the north, the east coast, the south-east, the west coast, and a few offshore islands.

Two or three hours’ drive from Stone Town, the village of Nungwi which is for anyone seeking paradise, a lot of people come here  for some good diving and beaches, and for some great entertainment in the villages.
Zanzibar’s east coast is lined with long, white beaches. To the north, numerous small resorts boast similar beaches, yet all are quite different. Offshore you're find the magical Mnemba Island – the ultimate island for LUXURY!

Continuing along Zanzibar’s south-east coast, the beaches remain stunning: powder-white sand with a barrier reef, lots of palm trees and a wide lagoon between the beach and the reef. The villages become a little sleepier and more relaxed as you head south, and Jambiani, in particular, is very relaxed indeed: for an authentic visit to a friendly village, you can't beat it.
In south-west Zanzibar, the Fumba Peninsula is a very laid-back and friendly corner of the island, with two good lodges, while offshore is the award-winning eco-resort on Chumbe Island.

A 30-minute flight north-east of Zanzibar Island, is Pemba Island, this is the perfect spot for honeymooners, most also come here for the incredible diving experiences.
Equally magical, although not part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, is the Mafia Archipelago. More remote, and quieter, than many places on Zanzibar, Mafia Island offers some superb diving and snorkelling in its own marine park.

What to expect on a Zanzibar holiday
Sun, sea and sand: a Zanzibar beach holiday offers these in abundance. Zanzibar’s beaches differ, but almost all feature crystal-clear waters lapping at the edge of powdery-white sand that trickles through the toes.
Zanzibar offers some excellent snorkelling, and world-class diving – which is centred around the north-west, and south-west of the island. 

Zanzibar beach hotels
International-style beach hotels are far from the norm in Zanzibar, and those that could be described thus sometime seem to miss the point and could be anywhere.
Beach lodges on Zanzibar
Far from the super-slick style of international beach hotels found, many Zanzibar beach lodges have more in common with a good African safari lodge. Typically you can expect attractive beaches and a laid-back atmosphere, while at the top of the range are some smaller and more intimate beach lodges that have a boutique feel.
Some of our suggestions that Thompsons would suggest can be found right here on our Zanzibar holiday deals page.