Top 10 Beach Destinations in Tanzania you Should Visit on Your Next Trip

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Tanzania is home to breath-taking islands with long stretches of white sandy beaches, stunning sceneries and a tropical weather that allows you to have a fun and relaxing vacation. Although largely known for its safaris, Tanzania has peaceful and calm beaches where you can relax after a hectic safari.

Here are the top ten beach destinations in Tanzania you should visit on your next trip:

  1. Kendwa Beach

Kendwa is one of Tanzania’s liveliest beaches. It’s located on Zanzibar Island, at the north-western region. If you’re looking for lively beach with wild night parties, stunning coral reefs and diverse marine life, this is your place to be. The full moon party here is also worth attending!

Activities available: scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing.


  1. Jambiani Beach

Jambiani beach is home to fancy restaurants that serve delicious food, clear blue water, interesting activities and a cozy fishing village. Vibe with the locals here and enjoy your relaxing escape here.

Activities to do: Snorkeling, kitesurfing, windsurfing, scuba diving and fishing.


  1. Nungwi Beach

Nungwi is one of the most popular beaches in Zanzibar. The tide here is usually low so it’s a suitable beach for swimming year-round. It’s a beautiful beach with white sand and turquoise water. It’s usually crowded and attracts a lot of party enthusiasts so if you’re looking for some peace and quiet, explore your other options!

Activities to do: snorkeling, scuba diving, kitesurfing, sunset boat party, and deep-sea fishing.


  1. Prison Island Beach

Prison Island is a great place to get up close and personal with giant tortoises. Their average length is 40 inches and their average weight is over 500 pounds! They’re some of the longest-living animals on the planet. At Prison Island, the ages of the tortoises are written on their shells.

Activities: Snorkeling, feeding tortoises


 Mafia Island Beach

Mafia Island is a beautiful and pristine island that’s surrounded by abundant coral reefs and diverse marine life. It’s not that crowded so it could serve as an amazing spot for a romantic getaway. You can also swim with whale sharks here!

Activities: Scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with whale sharks.


  1. Pemba Island Beach

Explore Ngezi Forest, go on a spice tour and relax at the scenic beach. Pemba is a treat for the eyes! It’s also an amazing place to go scuba diving and snorkeling.

Activities: Scuba diving, snorkeling, exploring the forest.


  1. Fanjove Island Beach

Fanjove is a beautiful, private island that offers a romantic getaway. The island can only host up to 12 people at once, which means that you’ll complete privacy at the beach. You can go on a boat cruise and observe dolphins that visit the island. However, it’s a very expensive island to stay at.


  1. Mnemba Island Beach

Another private island away from the crowds, Mnemba Island is scenic and relaxing. You can enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling at the Mnemba Marine Reserve. The island only has twelve bandas (huts), so you can expect privacy and peace.

Activities: Watersports, swimming, dhow cruise, yoga.


  1. Kipepeo Beach

Kipepeo beach serves as a great weekend getaway. It’s located near Dar and attracts both tourists and locals alike. It’s the perfect beach destination for when you’re short of time.


  1. Matemwe Beach

Matemwe is a romantic beach destination where you can enjoy a peaceful escape from city life. The sound of the waves crashing on the shore and the breeze running through stunning palm trees will calm your nerves and give you the relaxing break you need.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Tanzania and have a great time exploring these beaches! While you’re in East Africa, don’t forget to Explore Kenya Adventure.

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