Nungwi is one of Zanzibar’s spectacular fishing villages, filled with five-star luxury resorts, breathtaking scenery and a wide range of water activities. It’s renowned for its white sand beach, which was recognized in 2014 as one of World’s best beaches. The traditional fishing village is located at the northern tip of the island of Unguja.
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The Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond
Located in Nungwi near the lighthouse, the Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond is a natural tidal pool located behind the beach in the coral rock. The conversation shelters hawksbill and green sea turtles in the lagoon. There’s also a small aquarium for sea turtles called “Jambo Square” in Nungwi.
This picture-perfect beach lined with wide palms makes Nungwi a favourite place for tourists every year. It’s relatively quiet most of the time, and it offers a wide range of things to do such as paragliding, Jet Ski, surfing and scuba diving. It’s a great place to relax and unwind if you are looking for seclusion before returning to the other parts of the island.
Dr. Bulugu Gallery
Dr. Bulungu Gallery features a wide range of art and crafts – original paintings created by the local artists in Nungwi. Here you’ll find a collection of unique paintings and artworks in different sizes. It’s definitely a place to visit while in Nungwi.
Located just outside Nungwi, Tazari Caves are underground caves in Zanzibar covering an area of more than 100km2. The caves are said to be the biggest in Zanzibar and one of the largest limestone caves in Tanzania. They are situated just a short distance from the ocean shores. The interior part of the caves features large cone-shape stalactites and stalagmites, you will also see crab spiders and bats. It’s a must-visit while in Nungwi!
How to get here
- Fly: From Dar es Salaam, you can fly to Pemba or Zanzibar and take a dala-dala to Nungwi.
- Drive: You can reach Nungwi via dala-dala, public bus or taxi from Stone Town.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Nungwi is between June and October and from December to February.
- High Season: June – October
- Low Season: March-May
- Best weather: September – October
- Worst weather: mid-March to late May, November
- Throughout the year: Tourists can visit Nungwi any time of the year if they want to mingle with the locals, fish and spend quality time for those who want to be alone.
- Season Dependant: Water sports are ideal between July – August, and February – March
- Watch how the locals make dhows at the dhow boatyard.
- Snorkel in the colourful coral reef.
- Scuba Diving
- Jet Ski
For more fun in Zanzibar, we suggest you search and compare tours we have available on the Island.