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Holidays to Zanzibar: Island Attractions

With more than 50 islands and islets forming the Zanzibar archipelago, it is a popular destination for island vacations. Apart from Uguja, the main island of the archipelago there are other smaller islands worth visiting. With quality accommodations and luxurious resorts available on the private islands of the region, more and more travelers are making trips to the picturesque Tanzanian islands for a blissful vacation.

After Uguja, Pemba is the most visited island of Zanzibar archipelago. The private island of Mnemba attracts a significant number of affluent travelers to its upscale resorts. The small coral islands are often visited by tourists exploring the coasts of Zanzibar in dhows.

Island Holidays to Zanzibar


In recent years, Pemba has emerged as a popular holiday destination in the Zanzibar archipelago. Pemba, which was referred to as the green island by the Arab traders of Zanzibar, is noted for its scenic beauty. Much of the island is covered with lush tropical vegetation and mangrove forests. It is home to the best clove plantations of Zanzibar that boosted the economic importance of Zanzibar in spice trade. Unlike the main island of Zanzibar, the larger part of Pemba has escaped development, making the island an ecological treasure house. With unspoiled beaches dotting the islands, Pemba is the ideal hideout from the crowded beaches of the popular islands in the Indian Ocean. With the development of luxurious resorts, the scope for beach activities has increased in recent years. Diving is a rewarding experience in the waters surrounding the island.

Mnemba Island

Mnemba Island is a popular destination for a tranquil vacation in the Zanzibar archipelago. This small island, near the northeastern coast of Uguja, is surrounded by a long coral reef, making it a popular venue for scuba diving. The pristine white sandy beaches of the island are popular nesting grounds of sea turtles including the endangered green turtles. Due to the unpolluted environment and presence of the marine conservation area around the island, dolphins are frequently seen swimming in the waters near the island. Humpback whales are occasionally sighted from July to September.

Tumbatu Island

One of the less visited islands of Zanzibar archipelago, Tumbatu is a scenic island with a strong Swahili culture. The third largest island of the archipelago is a world apart from the other touristy islands. The islanders claim that they are descendants of the royal family of Persia. A cultural tour to the towns and villages of Tumbatu will help you to discover the cultural heritage of the people of the island.

Learn more to get more offers on Holidays To Zanzibar across a variety of locations on this beautiful island.

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