There are many more attractions along the Tanzania coast - ancient ruins, steaming river deltas and perfect beaches - and a great deal to select from. Tanzania’s East Coast is perfect for adventurous travellers seeking a pure and restful barefoot beach experience, untainted by hectic activity schedules of the modern world.
The exotic island of Zanzibar is located about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast. White sandy beaches line the shores, fringed by wispy palm trees that sway gently in the breeze that comes off the Indian Ocean. The crystal clear, warm turquoise waters entice snorkelers and divers to explore never-ending coral reefs. Some of the beaches include: Nungwi Beach, Kendwa Beach, Kiwengwa Beach, Matemwe Beach, Jambani Beach, Kizimkazi Beach just to mention a few.
Due south from Zanzibar, this is a welcoming island of palm trees and corals. Mafia Island and its shallow reefs of immense beauty and richness are renowned as an excellent, world-class diving destination. On the Northern tip of Mafia, one has fine views of the sweeping bay and palm-fringed beaches, superb sunsets over the Rufiji Delta and the moon rising over the Indian Ocean.
Pemba Island is the last of the Tanzania islands (Zanzibar and Mafia). Its terrain is a bit hilly and lushly vegetated but the coast is lined with mangroves, lagoons and coral reefs that offer the best diving. On the west coast of the island, the Sea Mountains rise up creating incredible dive walls, drop-offs and rich coral gardens.