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NungwiTanzania

With opportunities to enjoy a wonderful beach, experience turtle conservancy and meet Masai warriors, this Zanzibar community provides eclectic vacations.

At the northernmost tip of Zanzibar is the small town of Nungwi, known for the beautiful Nungwi Beach. Visit the Mnarani Natural Aquarium to see conservancy of sea turtles in action.

Nungwi also has an extensive fishing community. Associated crafts support the industry. See fishermen repairing their nets or artisans building new dhows. Watch the sailing vessels depart in the evening for overnight fishing expeditions.

Walk along Nungwi Beach, letting your toes wiggle in the soft, clean sand. At low tide, look for shells and notice local residents gathering marine animals for their dinner. The long beach is a great place for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. Beach boys are likely to ask if you want to purchase goods or have any other needs. Take advantage of their offers or give a firm no. Some of these beach visitors might be tall Masai warriors in colorful native dress. Ask permission to take their photos and offer a small tip.

The white Mnarani lighthouse rises above the palm trees at the north end of the beach. Next to the lighthouse, find the Mnarani Natural Aquarium or Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond. Here, hatchling and adult turtles are nurtured in a natural tidal lagoon until they can be released into the ocean in February. Learn about the work local citizens conduct to ensure the survival of endangered hawksbill and green turtle species.

Along the shoreline are numerous places to stay, ranging from private bungalows to luxury hotels. Dine at hotels, restaurants or small cabanas along the beach.

You’ll also find several dive shops and operators. As Nungwi is surrounded by a coral reef, diving and snorkeling are quite interesting. Arrange a spot on an expedition to Mnemba Island off the northeast tip of Zanzibar.

Drive just over 1 hour north from Stone Town to reach Nungwi. Public transportation is very limited. Once in the town, walk easily from one side of the city to the other or between attractions along the beach.

Top hotels in Nungwi

Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive
Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Nungwi Road, Nungwi
The price is £195 per night from 30 Oct to 31 Oct

Located in Nungwi, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Kendwa Beach and 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Nungwi Beach. Nungwi Natural ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (289 reviews)

"It was so quiet and peaceful. Staff was always helpful."…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2020

Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive
Nungwi Dreams
Nungwi Dreams
5 out of 5
North Coast, Nungwi

Nestled on the beach, this Nungwi hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mnarani Natural Aquarium and Nungwi Beach. Kendwa Beach is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

4.3/5Excellent! (59 reviews)

"Loved everything about the property. It's location right at the beach, the pool was clean and gorgeous. The staff was very friendly and very well educated on hospitality. All staff I met had a degree in hospitality and were very professional. The services are excellent and would like to commend Laizer, ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020

Nungwi Dreams
Hotel La Gemma dell'Est - All Inclusive
Hotel La Gemma dell'Est - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Nungwi Road, Nungwi, Zanzibara
Free cancellation
The price is £190 per night from 31 Oct to 1 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Nungwi resort is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Kendwa Beach and 1.2 mi (2 km) from Nungwi Beach. Nungwi Natural Aquarium and Mnarani Natural ...

4.3/5Excellent! (137 reviews)

"Room and bathroom slightly tired ( refurb coming soon as hotel been bought by RIU.) Gardens and grounds superbly maintained. Food choices cater for everyone. Staff v friendly but limited English. Beach superb."…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2020

Hotel La Gemma dell'Est - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Nungwi

Upepo House
Upepo House
3.5 out of 5
Nungwi, Nungwi, Zanzibar
The price is £78 per night from 7 Nov to 8 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Nungwi apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mnarani Natural Aquarium and Nungwi Beach. Kendwa Beach is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) ...

Upepo House
Ras Nungwi Breezes Pretty Cottage in Large Garden Overlooking Unspoilt Beach
Ras Nungwi Breezes Pretty Cottage in Large Garden Overlooking Unspoilt Beach
Sazani road, Nungwi, Nungwi, Unguja North Region

Situated in Nungwi, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Nungwi Natural Aquarium and Nungwi Beach. Kendwa Beach is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

Ras Nungwi Breezes Pretty Cottage in Large Garden Overlooking Unspoilt Beach
2 Benches   Apartment
2 Benches Apartment
2.5 out of 5
Nungwi, Nungwi, Unguja North

Nestled on the beach, this Nungwi apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nungwi Natural Aquarium and Nungwi Beach. Kendwa Beach is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) ...

2 Benches Apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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5 Jan 2020

Fabulous beaches/friendly people. Our disappointment was arriving to Zanzibar Star Resort with was no room booked! The manager Kelvin said iExpedia did not send the booking through until the arrival date even though we had booked 10 TEN months ago!

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