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Zanzibar is an ever-popular choice with honeymooners; it is very romantic with its beautiful white, sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters and some fantastic places to stay. The bonus of being a conveniently close location to both the Tanzanian mainland as well as Kenya makes this the perfect choice for a premier safari and beach honeymoon without the extra travel to the Seychelles or Mauritius. Here we give our top choices for a perfect honeymoon on Zanzibar.
Just a short flight from mainland Tanzania, the Zanzibar archipelago is the ideal beach destination after an exciting safari or as a stand-alone beach holiday on an island paradise. Perfect for honeymooners, families and beach lovers alike, expect white sands and crystal blue waters offering outstanding diving. Zanzibar is also known for its rich culture, particularly seen in historic Stone Town.
It is of course the beautiful beaches which attract the majority of visitors to Zanzibar today. The white sands and clear blue ocean make Zanzibar one of our favourite choices for a beach stay in the Indian Ocean, and its close proximity to both the Tanzanian mainland and Kenya make for the perfect safari and beach combination. From luxury resorts with a variety of dining options and activities on offer, to boutique private villas, there is somewhere perfectly suited to everyone on Zanzibar and we will help you to find your very own beach paradise.
Zanzibar has long been attracting travellers having played a central role in both the slave and spice trading routes, established firmly since the 12th century but with roots stretching back even earlier. This heritage is still alive with remnants of Persian, Portuguese, Omani and British settlement still to be seen today, particularly in Stone Town with its winding alleyways characterised by intricately carved doors and towering minarets. Another claim to fame for Stone Town is as the birth place of Freddie Mercury, the late lead vocalist in Queen, although finding the exact location of his home is a challenge in itself with no formal agreement on where it is.
With plenty of coral reefs situated just offshore, Zanzibar is a playground for divers and snorkelers with a number of sites still relatively undiscovered. For serious divers, those in search of whale sharks, or those just wanting to get off the beaten track then we recommend exploring the smaller islands in the archipelago – Pemba and Mafia.
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