Zanzibar Beach Holiday

Zanzibar’s old quarter, Stone Town, is a fascinating maze of narrow streets and alleyways which lead past numerous old houses and mosques, ornate palaces, shops, and bazaars. Many buildings in Stone Town date from the 15th-century slave boom. Zanzibar’s beaches are equally splendid and the perfect place to relax after exploring the mainland national parks or the Kilimanjaro trek. Zanzibar has a large number of breathtaking beaches. With the island surrounded by crystal blue water, there are many opportunities to dive, snorkel, swim or just relax on the beach.

When you visit Zanzibar you will feel as if you have been taken back to the days of the sailors, pirates, and sultans. Dressed in colorful veils and long white dresses, women and men walk slowly up the beach where a lonely dhow sails towards the golden sunset. Cheers, trumpets, mystery and the smell of the spices rule the narrow streets of Zanzibar 20 miles from the mainland, Zanzibar Island golden beaches stretches for kilometers.
It was the ancient trading port of the sultans of Oman in the 19th century. Zanzibar town is one of its kinds in the world, the architecture of Zanzibar resonates the exotic Arabic, Persian and Indian cultures that had many impact in Zanzibar history. Carved doors and balconies decorate the houses which are made of coral stone. Inland, the island is Garden of Eden offering the most exquisite tropical species.

Muscat, vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, ginger and other spices and fruits so exotic that they don’t have an English name, can be explored in the many plantations.
On the highest point of the island, Kidichi, the sultan Sayyind Said built Persian baths in 1850, one for him and one for his wife. They are still in a good condition with splendid Persian architecture, so a visit here will be more than worth your time.
In the middle of this island, you will find the remains of an old prison built in 1893. Half an hour by boat, you pay a modest fee to enter the island, which is ideal for snorkeling and watching giant turtles, imported from the Seychelles at the end of the century.
The only remaining natural forest on Zanzibar, where the rare red guerexa monkeys habituate. The best time to go to Jozani is in the early morning hours, when the monkeys are active.
Coral reefs, tropical fish and clear water make this area ideal for scuba diving. Take a diving course, get your certificate and jump in the Indian Ocean.
Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia are excellent islands for sports fishing. Do as Ernest Hemingway and catch sailfish, mackerel, kingfish and marlin among others.
Taking place in the southern part of the island, the boat ride is long, and you are not guaranteed to find dolphins, but when you finally do, and if you get the chance to join them in the water, it will be an extraordinary experience.