Tanzania’s extensive Indian Ocean coastline offers travelers the opportunity to choose from many tropical beach destinations in both mainland Tanzania and the islands of Zanzibar.
Although the most obvious attractions are the idyllic white sand beaches and world-class scuba diving, Tanzania’s most historic towns and museums are also located on the coast. The coastal culture is distinct from the Arusha and Kilimanjaro cultures, and we highly recommend a visit to Swahili settlements like Stone Town.
Tanzania’s most famous coastal destination is Zanzibar’s main island of Unguja, which has numerous resorts and hotels both on the beach and in Stone Town, the island’s fascinating, must-see capital. The pages below detail our top four recommendations for coastal visits. While Zanzibar’s Unguja is the most developed island for tourism, visitors wishing to escape the crowds should consider visiting Mafia, Pemba or South Beach. Greatserengeti & Traveler can arrange for beach hotels, flights and ground transportation.