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Question asked in : Zanzibar City - 6 years ago

What is Zanzibar like? Just beaches?

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Pokin Y. says :
Oct 20, 2008
Zanzibar was pretty awesome. I just enoyed walking around looking at the architecture to start. Aside from what the others have said below, there are also a number of great scuba diving and snorkeling tours (great ones on the North side) as well as dolphin tours (in the wild, not like sea world). Visiting Giant tortoises on Prison Island might also be fun.
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Peter A. says :
Oct 19, 2008
Stone Town is good for a couple of days wandering (the Spice Tour is recommended, not normally my type of thing but was actually pretty good) and you might get a half day out of visiting Jozani Forest, but basically - yes, just beaches. That said, the beaches are fantastic.
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Red H. says :
Oct 18, 2008
Not just beaches at all. There is an interesting history to Zanzibar, as the Sultan of Oman once ruled here. Slavery is also part of the history, so Stone Town has some historic buildings, churches and places to visit to experience this history. The architecture of many buildings also present many great photography opportunities. Hang out and watch the fihermen come back with their catches when in Stone Town, makes for a great interaction with the locals. If you do want some world class beaches head to the north of the island where the great sandy beaches are matched by prisinte snorkelling and amazing seafood meals. Not many people head inland, but if you rent a car there is a forest to visit where some rare monkeys and other wildlife may be seen too! It is a great, diverse island, much more than just beaches!
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Jordan H. says :
Oct 18, 2008
There's beaches and the old Stone Town. It's neat to wander about the narrow streets and markets during the day. Get a glass of sugarcane juice with lime and ginger, or drink young coconut juice. At night there are vendors selling grilled seafood along the waterfront. The beaches are quite nice as well, white sand and clear blue water.
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Paul A. says :
May 4, 2010
No! Stonetown is really really nice! Also some nice activities like dolphin watching, diving, snorkling safaris and even some sort indiginous monkeys.. very fun!
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Kelly J. says :
Jan 7, 2010
Zanzibar Stone Town was great. Really cool with the buildings, getting lost, checking out the little shops, trying new food. I also went up to Matemwe (Northeast coast). Mostly beaches and small resorts, but don't try to lay out on the beach. Local children are very curious about foreigners...they're very kind, but there's no privacy.
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Seppo N. says :
Oct 6, 2009
Definitely not just beaches! The Stone Town is an old and legendary Arabic town, with narrow streets to wander.
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Cathy D. says :
Jul 27, 2009
omg one of the most amazing beaches i hav ever seen was on zanzibar!! it was lik pure paradise! but then a french guy got shot so it kinda ruined it!! :S: :(
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Apr 25, 2009
It is more than beaches..History,Spices,Stone Town,Jozani Red colobus Monkeys,Swimming with dolphins and se more in www.zanzibartours.co.tz
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Julie F. says :
Apr 24, 2009
We stayed at a great place on the east side on Jambiani beach called Blue Oyster, The staff were very friendly and helpful, the food was great, the rooms incredible (also backpacker type accomodations). During the day you could wander the beach and village, find little "restaurant" and order ahead for dinner. We had a very romantic dinner at such a place. We were the only customers that evening at a table set out on the beach with candlelight.
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Marisol G. says :
Jan 27, 2009
Zanzibar ia a beautifull place,the Stone town. The red monkeys, diving,dophins, and yoy can visit also the islands near.
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Ana T. says :
Dec 27, 2008
its a rather small island but well worth a visit, make sue you walk through the whole area and not bike or drive!
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Dec 18, 2008
not just the beach...more like the stonetown tours,spice tours,swim with dolphins,red monkey forest,fishing,snorkeling,sailing. http://zanzibartours.atspace.com
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Dave I. says :
Nov 26, 2008
I wasn't that impressed with Zanzibar. Stone Town was interesting but the attention you get from the locals is way over the top. If you don't give them anything you get verbally abused and sometimes threatened (once with a knife), if you do give them something you will be surrounded by even more people asking for things....you can't win. A friend had things stolen from the locked hotel room - the police will not help you if this happens and will not give you a crime number so no chance of claiming on your insurance. The Spice Tour was quite interesting (hope you get the guy with the Cockney accent),the slave area is quite moving,the food is good (although you pay more than on the mainland)and the beaches are nice.....overall however in my opinion anyhow there is much more interesting things to do on the mainland in Tanzania
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Jenny N. says :
Nov 23, 2008
The beaches are nice, but I actually wasn't that impressed with the snorkeling on Zanzibar . . . I may have had an unusual experience. There is a lot of history to soak in, for sure. But if you are a new traveler to this area of the world, prepare yourself for the attention that you'll attract in the more populous areas -- people assume you have a lot to give, and aren't afraid to ask for it! It can be emotionally very overwhelming. . .
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Marilyn T. says :
Oct 23, 2008
Zanzibar is my favourite place in the world and I've travelled a lot of it. The old slave market is very moving. I'm not all that 'spiritual' a person, but I have to say that going into the slave 'cave' where the people were kept prior to being sold, was very powerful (in a very sad kind of a way.) The beaches are amazing, and not crowded. Diving/snorkling was great - lots of turtles. We stayed at the north end of the island at a small resort owned by a couple from Canada. Sorry, but I don't remember the name of the place. The furniture was beautiful antiques with inlay and carvings. The seafood market in Stone Town was excellent and while the sugarcane juice is good, be sure your hep vaccine is up to date! We did have some problems with one tout who 'guided' one of our group to the bank one day and insisted on being paid for that unwanted service. When we hesitated, he threatened us with a knife. Sorry to say, we paid him $5USD and he went away - probably to pull the same stunt with the next tourist. I was also stalked while walking back to my hotel one night. We were two women in our early 50's and my female companion was quite drunk. Two fellows started following us and when I confronted them (Get back, you don't need to walk so close!), they told us we were rude and left. Better to be rude than to loose your bag - or worse. Still, my favourite place in the whole wide world!
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Steve B. says :
Oct 22, 2008
With regard to the diving I would suggest getting over to the east coast, you'll be well away from the regular back packer route & there is a great dive centre at Paje called big ocean divers, we had a great week there, before moving onto the mian land to summit Kili. Good diving & great people! Also you should try Mariano's sea food restaurant in Paje for some of the best fish I've ever tasted!
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