The place where every romantic couple will be spoilt for choice is Zanzibar Island. The name itself brings about the magic, the mystery, and the blissful beauty. Being on a honeymoon feels like dream when you have your partner by your side to admire the pristine, crystal clear waters, pearl-white sand, and swaying palm trees of the island. Those who’ve done a Zanzibar honeymoon say the island is the place dreams are made of.
Does it sounds too good to be true? Travel to the land of lagoon-like seas and coral beaches to find out for yourself!
Know a little about Zanzibar
Known all over the world as the “Spice Island”, the gorgeous island of Zanzibar is an incredible mix of culture, history, and white-sand beaches. The island is about 90 km long and 40 km wide and consist of many small islands and two big big islands – Pemba and Unguja (officially known as Zanzibar).
Best time to visit Zanzibar for honeymoon: It’s absolutely pleasant from June to October as they are the cool and dry months of spring. Another best time to visit Zanzibar is from December to February when it’s warm and dry; for an African beach holiday means sundrenched shores and the most gorgeous sunsets. Due to heavy rainfall, traveling to Zanzibar from mid-March to late May isn’t recommended.
5 most gorgeous places to visit in Zanzibar for couples
1. Prison Island – An escape into nature
Prison Island was once a prison for slaves, now it is a mesmerizing island that gives you an opportunity to escape into a magical world of of peace and beauty. Visiting the island is a significant part your Zanzibar honeymoon and you must take a short trip to it. The island is home to giant tortoises imported from Seychelles in 19th century, some of them are 100 years old. You can take a 30-minute long romantic and scenic boat ride from Zanzibar and can spend the whole day exploring the ruins, sunbathing, and swimming etc.
2. Zanzibar Butterfly Centre – Enter the world of colours and chase butterflies
Zanzibar Butterfly centre is a wonderful place to see the tropical gardens with thousands of butterflies, all of which are native to Zanzibar. This one of the largest butterfly center across Africa lets you feed the butterflies and watch the complete lifecycle of many species of butterflies. It is also one of the prettiest places to do photography.
Entry fee: About INR 400/per person
3. Nungwi beach – Soak in the serenity of the lovely beach
The sleep Nungwi Beach is a perfect place for honeymooners. The rustic beach is located in the quaint village of Nungwi surrounded by palm trees. This crystal clear water makes it an ideal place for trying scuba diving and snorkeling, one can also relax and swim in the turquoise water. You can also visit Stone Town—a UNESCO world heritage site, which is a short distance away from Nungwi village.
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4. Kendwa beach – Witness god’s beautiful creations
The beach is known for monthly Full Moon Party, so if you happen to be there during a full moon night you can be a part of the most happening party on the island. The beach is also popular for romantic sunset cruises in the evening and sunbathing.
5. The Rock restaurant – One of the uniquest restaurants on earth
Situated on a not-so-large rock in the middle of the ocean waters, The Rock is more popular restaurant amongst honeymooners for its unique setting than the food they serve. If the budget allows, this is one of the most romantic restaurants you’ll ever visit.
Must try: Jumbo prawns, crab spaghetti, and homemade tagliolini
Quick tip: Make sure you reserve a table as it is usually full during high season
5 exciting things to do in Zanzibar with your partner
1. Dhow cruise experience- Sail with your love on the calm waters of the ocean
You Dhow Safari begins from Fumba village on Zanzibar Island, which is popular for isolated sandbanks, interesting wildlife, and rugged island scenery of Menai Bay Conservation Area. You cruise around several unbelievably beautiful islands, enjoy a delicious lunch, and experience the most beautiful sunset of your life. Watch the colours of the sky change from light blue to magnificent gold on your way back to the hotel.
2. Snorkeling – Explore the marine life at Mnemba Atoll together
Snorkeling in Zanzibar is one of the best things honeymoon couples can try. Snorkeling on Zanzibar Island is known all around the world. This is going to be an unforgettable experience for both of you, as you’ll be underwater with more than 350 different species of fish.
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3. Watching the sunset – Because seeing a sunset never gets old
Watching a beautiful sunset sitting on a serene beach while sipping ice-cold champagne never gets old and boring. In fact, it’s the most beautiful part of beach vacations. And Zanzibar is known for this incredible phenomenon and there are a number of unique places like the Stone Town to experience them.
4. Take a food journey – Sip and eat something delicious
Food in Zanzibar generally means healthy seafood with rice. You can explore good restaurants like Emerson’s House (rooftop) and Blues (waterfront) in Stone Town for delicious and authentic Zanzibari food. If you want to have some fresh fish dishes in the evening, you can visit Fat Fish Bar run by Chris Jones.
5. Swim with dolphins – Dive deep inside the ocean in Kizimkazi
The Kizimkazi area is known for diving with friendly and cute dolphins. The shallow coastal waters around the area are attract dolphins and they usually come here for food, to rest, and yeah, socialize. Dolphin tours on the island are popular amongst couples and dolphin lovers. This activity is best experienced early in the morning (5:30 am to 6:00 am), for in the afternoon, the ocean water gets warm, so the dolphins dive deep down to the seabed to escape heat.
Some of the most romantic honeymoon hotels in Zanzibar for honeymoon
1. Zanzibar Retreat Hotel, Matemwe Village
This small hotel located right on the pristine beach in a small fishing village called Matemwe is one of the best hotel in Zanzibar for honeymoon. The hotel’s proximity to the beach allows you to take long walks by the waters anytime you want. You get a private balcony overlooking the sea and a large veranda with comfortable furniture to relax with your partner. Equipped with all the modern amenities, Zanzibar Retreat hotel is an ideal stay for honeymoon couples.
Average tariff: INR 3,500 per night
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2. Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Dongwe
If you’re looking for a romantic and peaceful Zanzibar honeymoon resort along an unspoiled beach of the island, then Breezes Beach Club & Spa is your kind of place. The hotel is mainly popular for its extremely romantic dining experience and authentic Zanzibari decor. It has everything you need to make your Zanzibar honeymoon a perfect vacation.
Average tariff: INR 28,000 per night
3. Dream of Zanzibar, Mahonda
The luxurious resort is one of the top most choices of newlyweds. Other than its mesmerizing views, you also get to experience special entertainment nights with African or Arabian themed dinner are organized by the staff.
Average tariff: INR 30,000 per night
4. Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa, Paje
Delicious food, lovely drinks, and captivating vistas, that’s Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa. From organizing adventurous water sports to therapeutic massage sessions, the hotel staff leaves no stone unturned to make your honeymoon memorable. You can anytime step outside your room and take romantic walks on Paje Beach.
Average tariff: INR 30,000 per night
Zanzibar won’t fail to amaze you with the natural wonders on and around it. Off the island, there is also a series of small islets that are perfect for a short romantic trip with your love. We hope your Zanzibar honeymoon trip brings you closer to your partner and gives you millions of happy moments to treasure.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Zanzibar Honeymoon
A. A honeymoon in Zanzibar is quite a good option as it is much safer than the other beach destinations.
A. Some of the best honeymoon resorts in Zanzibar are the Palms, Zanzi Resort, Baraza Resort, Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas and the Next Paradise Boutique Resort.
A. Zanzibar is a place which is considered to be an extremely safe island for the tourists. People must take precautions while sailing around Zanzibar, but otherwise its a safe place to visit.
A. The journey till Zanzibar takes around 2 hours and it costs approximately $35 USD per person.
A. The time between June to October is one of the best time to visit Zanzibar when the weather is cool and usually it is the dry months of spring. Another popular time is during December to February.
A. Zanzibar is a place which is famous for its beaches, exotic weather and the warm tropical waters. And alongside that it is also the perfect place for snorkelling and diving.
A. Zanzibar is quite safe but during the night time it is quite risky to go out as occasional robberies and muggings are quite common.
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