After an action-packed safari adventure of climbing Kilimajaro, many travelers want to sunbathe and visit the beautiful beaches of Tanzania. But which island to choose Zanzibar, Mafia, Pemba or other islands? Everything here revolves around personal choices. There is no wrong answer when choosing a tropical island in Tanzania! Each island has beautiful beaches and unique features that you will attract travellers for explore.

Some of the best islands in Tanzania that you can visit:


1. Mafia island

Mafia Island offers excellent snorkeling and beach experiences. For travelers looking to get away from crowded tourist spots, this is a great option. This island offers many beach and marine activities to keep travelers active.

  • Mafia has many attractions for experienced divers. Here you can see more than 500 different species of fish. There are also more than 50 coral reefs to explore.
  • Mafia Island is one of the few places in the world to see and swim with friendly whale sharks. This exclusive experience is only available here, on none of the other islands.
  • It is a good place for bird watching, there are more than variety of species living on the island. If you want to experience deep-sea fishing in the Indian Ocean, Mafia is your best option.


2. Pemba Island

After a safari in Tanzania spend some time for relaxing on the island of Pemba off the coast of this country. Pemba Island is a very attractive and picturesque island known for its excellent coral reefs and snorkeling opportunity.

  • Great atmosphere and Pemba Island feels intact; pure white sand beaches and  pristine  rainforest .
  • If you want to have the beach to yourself, if you think calmly and serenity romantic, then the island of Pemba is for you.
  • The island is surrounded by warm subtropical waters, known for some of the best diving and snorkeling in the entire archipelago due to its rugged cliffs, tranquil marine life, and colorful coral reefs.


3. Zanzibar Island

The island of Zanzibar is the tropical paradise of Africa with the most beautiful beaches in the world. It offers a relaxed beach life, but also a variety of activities and a colorful culture and history. Miles of white sand beaches lined with palm trees, surrounded by the crystal clear azure waters of the Indian Ocean.

  • The island of Zanzibar is  known as the island of spices due to the cultivation and processing of aromatic spices such as cloves, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemongrass, and black pepper.
  • Zanzibar Island is a jewel withinside the ocean, surrounded through seashores that price the most effective withinside the world.
  • Here you could swim, snorkel or simply front room the hours away, whilst shoals of luminous fish graze over close by coral gardens and pods of dolphins frolic offshore.


4. Thanda island

Thanda Island is a very special place in Tanzania, once you book a villa you have the whole island to yourself. Lot of activities are available for adults and children.

  • This is an exceptional place for ocean safaris, in sparkling seas filled with corals, reef sharks, dolphins and fabulous fish.
  • It is also the place to nest sea turtles and the migration route for humpback whales and giant whale sharks.
  • The lodge impresses with its location with a large number of toys, beautiful boats of all kinds, paddle boards, jet skis, snorkeling and diving equipment, all of which are suitable for guests.
  • Dining at this private island retreat is an exclusive affair with a wide variety of fresh and delicious foods and delicacies to choose from


5. Mnemba Island

The small hidden island of Mnemba, just 2.5 km northeast of Zanzibar, is one of the mostromantic beach retreats in Africa. Accommodation on the private island consists of 12 rustic and elegant beach bands and a private butler takes care of  every mood.      

  • Enjoy a stroll along the cool white coral sands, a candlelit dinner served on the beach as the waves hit your feet, and a delightful dhow cruise into the sunset.
  • Above all, explore the underwater world of Mnemba Atoll, a marine reserve teeming with marine life that includes turtles, dolphins, and large schools of small fish.


6. Chumbe Island

Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to Chumbe, a small uninhabited coral island near Zanzibar. The Chumbe Coral Reef, a protected sanctuary famous for its diversity of corals, offers excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities.

  • On land, you can follow a hiking trail that circles the island through unspoiled forests, rock pools, and secret beaches. Approximately 60 species of birds have been recorded, including breeding pairs of the rare red tern, and you can catch a glimpse of the mysterious aderducker.
  • Even more exciting are the giant nocturnal coconut crabs that emerge from coral crevices at dusk. These critically endangered, slightly creepy-looking creatures weigh up to 4kg.
  • You can visit the island on a day trip, but an overnight stay at the eco-friendly Chumbe Island Lodge is highly recommended.


7. Changuu Island

A visit to Changuu Island, also known as Prison Island, is one of the most popular excursions from Zanzibar. The best way to get there is a traditional dhow; The journey from Stone Town takes approximately 30 minutes. The main attraction is a colony of Aldabra giant tortoises imported from Seychelles in the 18th century.

  • Some of these reptiles are over 150 years old and weigh an average of 200 kg. A half-day excursion also gives you the opportunity to swim in the crystal clear waters, snorkel the reef with a variety of colorful fish, and relax on the beach.
  • Lunch is also usually included. Alternatively, you can book an overnight stay at the luxurious Changuu Private Island Paradise Resort.


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