An African island paradise sits off the east coast of Tanzania and draws in beach-goers and foodies alike Zanzibar is an autonomous state of Tanzania, and contrary to popular belief, the state is not just the island of Zanzibar, but is actually an archipelago of various islands, with Unguja (Zanzibar) and Pemba being the two largest and best known. Since Zanzibar is nicknamed the Spice Island, it’s no surprise the place is an up-and-coming foodie destination. Equally inviting are the powdery white sand beaches and warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Sound tempting? Here are a few tips for making the most of your first trip to Zanzibar.
If you are short on time, or just want to make the most of your time on the islands, flying to Zanzibar is a great option, especially if you tie it directly into your arrival or departure flights from Dar Es Salaam. The 20-minute flight will only cost an extra 50 to 75 USD and if you’re already at the airport, it’s worth it to avoid city traffic.
If you’ve arrived at Dar Es Salaam by land, you’ll have to decide between the shorter, but possibly confusing journey to the ferry plus the one-and-a-half-hour boat ride, versus the possibility of being stuck in city traffic for hours on your way to the airport for a 20-minute flight.
If you opt for the ferry, take the morning one to and from the island. The winds often pick up in the afternoon making the crossing rough and longer. Your stomach will thank you!