FAQ | What are the Top 10 Reasons to Visit Zanzibar | The Spice Islands?

Enjoy an idyllic island escape in Zanzibar.


  • Zanzibar is a gorgeous island partner state to the United Republic of Tanzania. Close to the mainland, it is easily accessible by hydrofoil or a short scheduled flight from Dar es Salaam
  • Known as the “Spice Island”, Zanzibar and the nearby island of Pemba grow almost 80% of the world’s supply of cloves. An enticing variety of other spices is also produced, and can be seen on fascinating Spice Tours
  • The archipelago is a jewel in the Indian Ocean and is chiefly known by the larger islands of Pemba and Unguja – also called Zanzibar Island
  • In Zanzibar Town, narrow streets reveal historic Arabic influence, including architecture, the Zanzibar Museum, the Arab Fort, the Sultan’s Palace and the craftsmanship on many of the wooden doors is not to be missed
  • The main attraction is Stone Town, with its whitewashed houses, quaint shops, mosques, courtyards and squares
  • Zanzibar’s spectacular turquoise ocean is full of marvelous marine life and exquisite coral formations, and is rimmed by fine white sandy beaches
  • The scuba diving off the coast is spectacular and is often the draw card for many visiting the region
  • Other places of interest on the island include various coconut and spice plantations, the Jozani Forest Reserve – home to the rare red colobus monkey, the Persian Baths, and Marahubi Palace Ruins
  • The pristine beaches and tranquil setting of the east coast make for an ideal island getaway. Take a boat to visit one of the many offshore islets
  • There is a great variety of accommodations to suit all pockets