7 Wonderfully Exotic Things to Do in Zanzibar

Exotic. Sultry. Mysterious. Such is the spice island of Zanzibar. Most visitors go to Zanzibar for the beaches. But you’ll find no shortage of interesting things to do in Zanzibar beyond the beach.

If you only spend one week in Zanzibar, that would be enough to recharge after your safari and ready you for a return to real life back home. Okay, let’s go find out what to do in Zanzibar!

Go reef walking

With hiking poles and reef shoes, we sploshed  knee-deep in water along the reef of Bwejuu Beach to the surf break, careful to avoid spiny sea urchins.


The sand beach is firm, so you can take out hotel bikes and ride for miles along the hard-packed coral sand.


Chill on a beautiful beach

Take a spice tour

Spice tours are popular if you’re willing to vacate your beach chair and explore some of the island. Zanzibar’s lush interior is full of spice farms growing cardamom, cinnamon, and other spices.


See monkeys at Jozani Monkey Forest

At the entrance, a large group of monkeys, habituated to visitors, can be observed up close. With their crowns of white tufty hair, they’re quite adorable – especially  the babies.


Explore Stone Town

The ancient capital of Zanzibar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And it’s fascinating to get lost in (or explore, if you’re on a guided walking tour).


Try kitesurfing

Paje, which is just south of Bwejuu Beach, is the most popular place for kitesurfing. Indeed, it’s developing a reputation as a world-class kitesurfing destination.


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