Zanzibar Island (Unguja) is the main island of Zanzibar. It’s well-known for its historical Stone Town, beautiful beaches and nature, both on-land and the surrounding coral reefs.
There is also a variety of different beach destinations, where everyone can find their own preferred choice. The main choice is between the Zanzibar City area (including Stone Town), northern beaches (Nungwi and Kendwa), North East (Matemwe, Kiwengwa, Pwani Mchangani), and East Coast (Michamvi, Bwejuu, Paje, and Jambiani).
There are also several less well-known beaches, like Fumba and Makunduchi areas. On the coast, especially on the western coast of Zanzibar, there are some smaller islands with hotels as well.
Zanzibar Island is the home for most of Zanzibar’s population. Nowadays Stone Town is the main port and commercial center of the whole Zanzibar. It also hosts many cultural events and festivals.
Unguja is very easy to reach. Many international flight companies fly to Zanzibar Airport close to Stone Town. There are also local flights from Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Nairobi, and Mombasa. Many travelers coming from mainland Tanzania prefer to take a passenger ferry – it takes less than 2 hours. Please ask for more advice.
The other main island of Zanzibar is Pemba Island, which is much less visited by tourists but equally beautiful, in its own, unique way.
Check out our short guides for some of the main destinations.