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Nungwi Beach Zanzibar | Beaches in Zanzibar

Nungwi Beach Zanzibar | Beaches in Zanzibar

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.


Enjoy views of the Indian Ocean and direct beach access five minutes from the traditional fishing village of Nungwi. Built in the traditional Zanzibar style with Makuti palm leaf roofs, our resort features an outdoor freshwater pool, fitness center, water sports, live entertainment, and spa facilities.


Z hotel is the original boutique hotel on zanzibar; opening in 2010, it brings casual relaxation blended with contemporary london–inspired design to the beaches of zanzibar providing the 21st century traveller with a fresh and original beach-holiday experience.To read more about the Hotel click the photo above.


The Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar is located on Nungwi Beach, a beautiful white-sand beach with crystalline waters that will make you feel like you're truly in paradise. This all-inclusive hotel in Zanzibar, Tanzania, offers you an all-inclusive holiday with the exclusive services of RIU Hotels & Resorts.


Smiles Beach Hotel​ is found on the coastal fishing village of Nungwi, Zanzibar’s Northern tip coastline. Both Nungwi and the hotel boast the island’s famous white sand and crystalline water, placing you in the picture postcard location giving you memories that last for a lifetime. Click the Photo above to read more about the Hotel


Sandies Baobab Beach Zanzibar is located in Nungwi and features air-conditioned rooms. A private beach area and an outdoor swimming pool are offered. Guests can sample international and Mediterranean dishes at the on-site restaurant. Guests can access free WiFi in public areas. For more about the Hotel, click the photo above.


Embark on the vacation of a lifetime at Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort. Set on the gorgeous tropical island of Zanzibar in Nungwi, our resort is an ideal spot for a romantic getaway or vacation with family and friends. To read more about the Hotel and other information, click the photo above or call us: +255 759 694 668.

Nungwi Beach Zanzibar - Other information

Taxis and Shuttles

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. You can email/WhatsApp: +255 759 694 668 for all your airport transfers in Zanzibar.

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 🙂.


Most ATM’s are in Stone Town, but also You can find an ATM in Nungwi next to the police 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.

Credit Card

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.


Most hotels offer free WiFi as well as some of the restaurants. But you can also get a local simcard - the best beaing Vodacom or Zantel, at a very good price (the driver can help you); and there are good packages for internet.


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.

Beach Boys

They only care about getting commission.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. Ask us for help.

There is a huge number of tasty dining options in Nungwi. Most hotel restaurants on the ground and on the beach are open to non-guests. A prominent feature of the menu is fresh seafood, and we recommend trying the lobster, snapper, and jumbo prawns.  

Most restaurants close their kitchen around 21:30. An average dish around Nungwi will cost $7-$15. There are many good restaurants in Nungwi, so you can try a different one each day, and In most days, bars in Nungwi get empty before midnight. So, don’t get there late! On average, a beer will cost 6,000 shillings and a cocktail 15,000 shillings.

Local Food in Nungwi 

If you want to taste some real local food, check out Nungwi roundabout at night. Try some street food like Chipsi Mayai (omelette with fries), Zanzibari Pizza or Mishkaki (beef or chicken skewers) at one of the stands. This is where all local hang out for street food in the evenings.

Mama Africa and Cocoa also serve a variety of local food. Located just outside the Nungwi Inn hotel. Try the Pilau Samaki or Nyama (spiced rice with fish or beef), Mchicha (local spinach) or Makande (corn dish).

Mama Mia and Badolina.

Mama Mia offers good Italian dishes, and it is great for both lunch and dinner. They also have the best Gelateria in Nungwi where you can grab some homemade ice cream. Badolina good for vegetarian or vegan. Cozy environment, for a romantic dinner. Good selection of wines. Our top picks are Samurai Tuna, Bodicea and The Yogi.

Fisherman's Grill

If you don’t mind spending a bit more, you will get the best quality here. Excellent food and fine selection of wines just in front of the ocean. With big variety on its menu, everyone will find something they like. Elaborated seafood and meat, cooked to perfection. One of the best restaurant in Nungwi Beach.

Langi Langi

Marhaba Restaurant - Seafood restaurant also serving local Zanzibari and international cusine very famous for our Traditional Zanzibari Dinner! The restaurant offers great atmosphere and delicious food with reasonable prices. It specializes in spicy Indonesian cuisine. Best plates are fish and seafood in Curry or Masala.

Top Bars in Nungwi

Mangis's Bar

Mangi's Bar and Restaurant is a Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly place is located in Nungwi, Zanzibar Archipelago. The address of Mangi's Bar and Restaurant is Nungwi Tanzania. If you want to go to the place or need any services, you can contact them directly. The phone number is +255 777 901 390,.

Z-Hotel Roof Top

Best place for a sunset drink. Let the day end in style with a breathtaking view. Watch the sun set over the ocean while enjoying a Dawa – our favorite cocktail. they feature a double-height beamed ceiling, spacious private terrace, 42inch lcd televisions and uninterrupted views across the indian ocean to the tanga mountains in the far distance.

Kendwa Rocks

If you are looking for a crowded party this is obviously the place. Every Saturday from 22:00 until the morning. It is located on Kendwa Beach. Taxi costs 20,000t Shillings each way and entrance fees are 20,000 Shillings. One of the best place to enjoy your evinings and relax, need any help? call us: +255 759 694 668.

Nungwi Beach Zanzibar

Nungwi & Zanzibar FAQ

Both are good, but Kendwa has the better beach, and the deeper water on the north-western strip means swimming is possible throughout the day; the island’s eastern beaches are almost all tide dependent.

With a population of about 5,563, Nungwi is the second- or third-largest settlement on the island, possibly smaller than Makunduchi.

The cost of taxo between stone town costs $30 – $50 and takes 1h. We can arrange transfer from from Stone town to Nungi at a very competetive cost. WhatsApp: +255 759 694 668

Zanzibar North-east Coast: the island’s prime location, most of Zanzibar’s top-end accommodation is set on the north-east beaches. The diving is excellent here, there’s not much tidal variation and the archipelago’s best reefs of Mnemba Island lie about a kilometre or half a mile offshore.

The average price of a 7-day trip to Zanzibar is $2,386 for a solo traveler, $4,285 for a couple, and $8,034 for a family of 4. Zanzibar hotels range from $38 to $217 per night with an average of $64, while most vacation rentals will cost $20 to $400 per night for the entire home.

Yes, but You will find that the best beaches in Zanzibar for swimming are located in the Northwest and Southeast parts of the island. This is because of a couple factors. One point to keep in mind when visiting Zanzibar is the tide. Daily, the sea alternates between high and low tides.

Swahili Swahili, the national language, is a composite of several Bantu dialects and Arabic that originated along the East African coast and on the island of Zanzibar. Swahili is the lingua franca of the country, and virtually all Tanzanians speak it.

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