Stunning Secret Tanzanian Beaches You Must Visit

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Tanzania is known for its safaris, islands, and beaches, where you can enjoy many watersports activities.

We’re here to uncover some secret islands in Tanzania, so you get the best beach experience!

1. Mbudya Island

Situated just 20 minutes boat ride away from Dar es Salaam, the untapped Mbudya island is a beauty. If you’re looking to escape the busy life of Dar es Salaam and want to relax, just get onto a motorboat and enjoy the ride over pristine waters.

The Mbudya island offers you a white sandy beach with clear crystal water and a peaceful environment. Swim in the turquoise water, snorkel, or just lie under the open sky and enjoy sunbathing on the noise-free beach.

Mbudya Island

Mbudya Island, Image Source: Trip.Com

2. Mafia Island

Mafia island is located off the coast of Tanzania. This Island is famous for its rich and abundant coral reefs, gigantic migrating whales, sharks, and nesting turtles. It takes a minimum of 4 hours on a bus and 30 minutes from flight to reach this Island. Although still not known by many, Mafia island offers the following activities:

  • Swim with the whale sharks – priced at $60 – October to April
  • Snorkel in the marine park – priced at price $20
  • Stay at the treehouse – priced at $150 per night.

Group discounts may be available.

Mafia Island

Mafia Island, Image Source: TanzaniaOribiSafaris.Com

3. Pemba Island

Pemba Island is a portion of Zanzibar’s Archipelago, off the coast of East Africa. Known for its widespread green hills and fragments plantation, this Island is nature at its finest! It's a treat for eyes that have been in the concrete jungle for a while and looking for a place to cool off. There are plenty of activities you can do at this Island, some of which are listed below:

  • Snorkeling
  • Visit the Misali Island
  • Check out the Pemba channel conservation area
  • Visit a spice farm and go on a rain forest tour.
  • Visit the ruins in Chake Chake.
Pemba Island Beach

Pemba Island Beach, Image Source: ExpertAfrica.Com

4. Bongoyo Island

Bongoyo Island is an abandoned island in Dar es Salaam. It takes approximately 30 minutes to reach Bongoyo Island by boat. Away from the hustle and bustle of the main city, this Island is not known by many. It serves as a great relaxation point for locals so it’s a great place to relax and chill with the locals.

Bongoyo Island

Bongoyo Island, Image Source: YingLuckAfrica.Wordpress.Com

5. Changuu Island

Last but not least, Changuu Island is situated about 30 minutes away from main Zanzibar island. It is known as a ‘Small Paradise on Earth.' This Island is home to a former prison and has now turned into a tortoise sanctuary. The Island has a huge range of cafés and restaurants waiting for you to come and absorb them.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to these stunning beaches and have the time of your life! Don’t forget to check out this detailed guide on flying in East Africa to make your trip easier!

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