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Enjoy a beautiful stretch of white sand and blue sea surrounded by plenty of amenities, as well as a turtle conservation site.

Running along the western coast to the northern tip of Zanzibar is Nungwi Beach, known for its sugary white sand and clean water. Stay nearby or plan a daytrip from elsewhere on the island for many hours of enjoyment of the sun, sand and warm ocean.

Zanzibar’s waters are known for tidal extremes, but Nungwi offers a pleasant stretch of sand all day. Get some shade underneath the banana palms, mangroves and coconut trees lining the shore of the beach or stop at one of the many thatched huts for a drink or snack.

Nungwi Beach faces west, providing amazing sunset views. Photograph silhouettes of fishing boats in front of an orange sun, watch weather changes over the vast horizon or sit at a terrace or rooftop bar to enjoy a cocktail as the light fades.

Interestingly, the beach offers a variety of wildlife. Expect to see cows in a southern section of the beach enjoying their break in the sunshine. Watch for colorful shells and small marine animals, including brilliant red starfish, as you stroll along at low tide. Local residents may be gathering that evening’s dinner from the pools created in the coral beyond the beach.

Walk toward the lighthouse at the north end of the beach to visit the Mnarani Natural Aquarium. Here you’ll see hatchling and adult green and hawksbill turtles and may have a chance to swim with them in their protected lagoon. Local residents operate this conservancy site to rescue endangered turtles and return them to the sea in February.

Fishermen operate in this part of Zanzibar. See them at work on their nets in wooden outriggers and sailboats. Watch or participate in building a dhow or ride in one for a snorkeling or sunset cruise.

Enjoy freshly caught fish at one of the oceanfront restaurants. Select from numerous accommodations choices ranging from small bungalows to luxury hotels along the length of the beach.

Nungwi Beach is at the northwestern part of Zanzibar, beginning just over a 1-hour drive north of Stone Town. Expect very warm temperatures year-round with excellent weather for enjoying the beach.

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DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Zanzibar - Nungwi
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Zanzibar - Nungwi
4 out of 5
Nungwi Village, Nungwi
The price is £162 per night from 15 Dec to 16 Dec

Nestled on the beach, this Nungwi resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nungwi Beach and Mnarani Natural Aquarium. Kendwa Beach and Mnemba Island are also within 16 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (405 reviews)

"Great location, nice, rooms, tasty food, friendly and helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2020

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Zanzibar - Nungwi
The Z Hotel
The Z Hotel
4 out of 5
Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar, Nungwi
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Nestled on the beach, this Nungwi hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nungwi Natural Aquarium, Nungwi Beach and Kendwa Beach. Mnarani Natural Aquarium is 1.3 mi (2.2 ...

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"Such an incredible hotel to stay at, every single aspect was beautiful and could not reccomend this hotel more!"…"

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Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel
Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Kendwa, Kendwa
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The price is £82 per night from 14 Dec to 15 Dec

Nestled on the beach, this Kendwa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kendwa Beach and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Nungwi Beach. Nungwi Natural Aquarium and Mnarani Natural ...

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"Our stay was great. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020

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DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Zanzibar - Nungwi
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Zanzibar - Nungwi
4 out of 5
Nungwi Village, Nungwi
The price is £162 per night from 15 Dec to 16 Dec
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The Z Hotel
The Z Hotel
4 out of 5
Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar, Nungwi
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Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel
Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
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The price is £82 per night from 14 Dec to 15 Dec
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Sandies Baobab Beach Zanzibar
4.5 out of 5
Nungwi Road, Nungwi, Zanzibar
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Smiles Beach Hotel
4 out of 5
North Coast of Zanzibar, Nungwi
The price is £98 per night from 18 Dec to 19 Dec
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Aluna Nungwi
Aluna Nungwi
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Baraka Beach Bungalows
2.5 out of 5
Nungwi Beach, Nungwi
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Ebony & Ivory Bungalows
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Nungwi, Nungwi
The price is £41 per night from 10 Dec to 11 Dec
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Faridu Beach House
Faridu Beach House
3 out of 5
Nungwi Beach, Nungwi
The price is £52 per night from 10 Dec to 11 Dec
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