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Nungwi Beach Zanzibar I 2021 Zanzibar Guide

Nungwi Beach Zanzibar I 2021 Zanzibar Guide

Nungwi Beach Zanzibar

The African continent is home to a wide range of stunning beaches. With the Atlantic Ocean on the western coast and the Indian Ocean on the eastern part of the continent, beach lovers cannot get enough of that African surf and sand. And while there are many breathtaking options to choose from, the world-famous beaches of Zanzibar are definitely worth taking a closer look at.

Situated on the east coast of Africa, Zanzibar boasts its colorful history as an important trade center during the spice trade of the 16th to 17th centuries. The Tanzanian island still boasts its production of spices like cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon but it has also become an up and coming destination for beach-goers. 

Situated on the east coast of Africa, Zanzibar boasts its colorful history as an important trade center during the spice trade of the 16th to 17th centuries. The Tanzanian island still boasts its production of spices like cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon but it has also become an up and coming destination for beach-goers.  One major beach destination on the island is Nungwi Beach situated at the north-western tip of the island. It is home to powdery white sand, crystal blue waters, and exotic flora and fauna.

Best Beach Resorts Around Nungwi

DOUBLE TREE HILTON ZANZIBAR

Enjoy views of the Indian Ocean and direct beach access five minutes from the traditional fishing village of Nungwi.

THE ZANZIBAR HOTEL NUNGWI

Located on the edge of a small rocky cliff with stunning views over the Indian Ocean out to Mnemba Island.

RIU PALACE NUNGWI ZANZIBAR

The Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar is located on Nungwi Beach, a beautiful white-sand beach with crystalline waters.

SMILES BEACH HOTELS

Enjoy views of the Indian Ocean and direct beach access five minutes from the traditional fishing village of Nungwi.

SANDIES BAOBAB BEACH

Sandies Baobab Zanzibar is a 4 star resort located along the north west coast of Zanzibar, near Nungwi.

ROYAL ZANZIBAR BEACH

Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort is a luxury resort located amidst the pristine beaches of Zanzibar and offers an ideal vacation destination

Nungwi Beach Zanzibar – Other information

Location

Nungwi is located in the North tip of Zanzibar and about one hour drive from Stone Town and the airport. Chosen by CNN as one of 2018 best beaches in the world. 

Taxi

Takes one hour from anywhere in town to Nungwi. Cost $40-$60. It is very easy to find one whether you are at the airport or anywhere else on the Island.

Shuttle

There is a new shuttle service going between the main touristy areas of Zanzibar (South, North, East Coast and Stone Town). It cost $10-$12 per person and can be booked online: www.thezanzibus.com 

Local Bus

Called “Dala Dala”. Number 116 leaves every 10 minutes, until 18:00, from Stone Town market and takes 1.5 hours to Nungwi. Always packed with friendly locals, so you might end up with a little kid sitting on your knees 🙂 Stay on until the last stop – Nungwi.

ATM’s

Most ATM’s are in Stone Town and there are very few around the Island.
One ATM is located at Zanzibar airport and there are few others scattered around Stone Town. Outside of Stone Town, you can find an ATM in Nungwi next to the police stating (20 minutes walk from the beach) as well as in Paje petrol station.
Maximum redraw limit is 400,000 Shillings ($180) for one transaction. In case you need more cash, you can redraw several times.

Money Exchange

There are few exchange places in Nungwi and their rate is not as good as the rates in Stone Town. You will need Tanzanian Shillings for paying restaurants, bars and shops. However, for Hotels and Activities you will find a better rate paying Dollars.

Exchange rate for US Dollars
Exchange rate for Euros

How to get to Zanzibar
CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE GUIDE TO ZANZIBAR

Credit Cards

The majority of respected hotels and activity centers accept cards as well as some restaurants. Usually with 5% surcharge that is imposed by the banks. Check ahead with your hotel in case you plan to pay by card. Spanish Dancer Divers accept all cards but unfortunately there is a 4% surcharge.

Internet

Most hotels offer free WiFi as well as some of the restaurants. There is free fast WiFi and coffee in our diving reception for all our customers.

Swahili

It is easy to get by in Zanzibar without knowing any Swahili. But, there are few word that are a must to know. Zanzibar’s people are very welcoming and almost every person you meet will welcome you in one of the following ways:

#1. Karibu (welcome). You should answer back Asante #2. Sana (thank you very much)
#3. Jambo (Hello). You should answer back Jambo
#4. Habari Gani? (How are you?) You should answer back Mzuri Sana (very good), na wewe? (and you?)
#5. Mambo Vipi? (how are you?) You should answer back Poa (good)
#6. Hakuna Matata (No Problem)
#7. Pole Pole (slowly slowly)

That is all you need for starting a great and friendly communication with any Zanzibari you meet.

Safety

Nungwi is very safe and crime rate is very very low, whether in tourist area or at the village. Use commonsense like everywhere else. Try to avoid walking alone in Ras Nungwi Beach also in day time. Don’t walk alone at nights outside the hotels zone. Don’t leave you bags unattended on the beach.

Beach Boys

They only care about getting commission, so they will promise you the world. They will take you to whoever pays them commission and tell you its the best place. Don’t ever give them deposit, because there is a good chance you will never see them again. You will get much reliable taxi’s, excursions, diving, snorkeling, etc.. at the hotels and dive centers

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