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The Zanzibar Archipelago consists of Zanzibar island (or Unguja, as it's known locally) to the south and Pemba to the north. Zanzibar's long beaches and atmospheric old Stone Town have long enticed tourists. Pemba is now also inching its way onto the tourism scene, with a top resort, rewarding diving and several lovely stretches of sand.

Zanzibar Regions and Islands

Stone Town (Zanzibar Island)

Enchanting images – Kofia-clad men playing bao, dhows silhouetted against the horizon, and echoing prayer calls – assault the senses in this Unesco World Heritage site, the archipelago’s heart and soul.

East Coast (Zanzibar Island)

100,000 annual visitors can't be wrong, but come and check out the turquoise waters, powdery white sands and balmy breezes on Zanzibar Island's eastern side for yourself.

Northern Zanzibar Island

The north rivals the east coast for Zanzibar's best beach destination. While northern beaches aren't as long, several are swimable around the clock (unlike the tidal east).

Western Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar's western coast justifiably plays second fiddle to the east, but there are a few tranquil spots, plus easy access to several idyllic islets.


Lusher and greener than its southern sister (though minus the stunning coast) Pemba only recently opened to visitors. Head here to escape the crowds or relax in the island's sole five-star resort.

Other Islands

Dozens of islets and sandbanks rim the main archipelago – most are easily accessed via tour operator. Mnemba’s crystal-clear waters are ideal for snorkeling; Chumbe hosts a number of award-winning eco-lodges.

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