Visit a turtle conservation Area.
Spending an afternoon with the endangered turtles at the Mnarani Project in Nungwi is one of the top things to do in Zanzibar if you’re missing the wildlife you left behind on safari. The project, which began in 1993, protects Hawksbill turtles (hunted for their patterned shells) and Green turtles (hunted for flesh) while also educating the public about the hazards of poaching these magnificent animals. Hear about the conservation efforts, swim with the turtles, and tour Nungwi beach by booking a visit from Matemwe Lodge (the employees here collect green turtle nests from their beach and give them over to the project for safekeeping).
Take a tour of the spicy islands in the world.
Most people heard of Zanzibar’s unusual appellation, but do you know anything about the island’s fragrant history? Get the inside scoop on a spice tour of the island’s unusual plantations, where nutmeg, cloves, lemon grass, and black pepper grow alongside jackfruit, mango, and the rather “fragrant” Durian fruit — we’ll let you decide! Spice tours are available from most hotels on the island, although if you want to avoid a long trek, most of the plantations are closer to Stone Town.
Dive into the Indian Ocean’s depths.
Another of Zanzibar’s must-see attractions. With scuba diving becoming increasingly popular as a vacation activity, a slew of dive schools have sprung up along Zanzibar’s beaches. While there isn’t a poor site to dive in those warm turquoise seas, we think we have a favorite, and it’s called Mnemba Island. The island, which is only one sandy mile in circle, is the ideal of beach paradise, but what makes it even better is the coral reef protection zone that surrounds it, which protects clouds of tropical fish from giant turtles and bottlenose dolphins. Grab your flippers as soon as possible!
On Kendwa Beach, there’ll be a party.
Zanzibar’s northern beaches, formerly the preserve of sarong-wearing, full-moon partying backpackers, have improved their game in recent years with a slew of new swanky hotels. And thank heavens for that, because the beaches of Kendwa and Nungwi are ideal for a classic pastel-hued sunset. Grab a Konyagi (local gin) from a grass-topped beach bar and dance until the sun rises again, or check into Kilindi for a more refined sundowner on the terrace. Everyone who has visited Kendwa will agree that it is one of Zanzibar’s top attractions.