Nungwi

Travel Guide
Nungwi Beach

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.

Amaan Beach Bungalows
Amaan Beach Bungalows
3 out of 5
Nungwi Beach, Nungwi, Zanzibar
The price is £63 per night from 17 Feb to 18 Feb
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 1.2 mi (2 ...
3.7/5 Good! (97 reviews)
"Lacked basics like toothpaste, toothbrush and body lotion. Asking for cash deposit for beach towels instead of writing it to the room was disappointing. I liked the live band and general quietness."

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2021

Amaan Beach Bungalows
Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive
Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Nungwi Road, Nungwi
Located in Nungwi, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Kendwa Beach and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Nungwi Beach. Nungwi Natural ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (352 reviews)
"Good All inclusive Hotel"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2022

Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive
Sandies Baobab Beach Zanzibar
Sandies Baobab Beach Zanzibar
4.5 out of 5
Nungwi Road, Nungwi, Zanzibar
The price is £152 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb
Nestled on the beach, this Nungwi resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nungwi Natural Aquarium and Nungwi Beach. Kendwa Beach is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.
4.6/5 Exceptional! (62 reviews)
"Nice location and nice beach"

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2021

Sandies Baobab Beach Zanzibar
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.
Mobydick Bungalow
Mobydick Bungalow
3 out of 5
Nungwi, Nungwi, Unguja North Region
The price is £57 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
Situated in Nungwi, this aparthotel is steps away from Nungwi Natural Aquarium and Nungwi Beach. Kendwa Beach is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.
Mobydick Bungalow
Room Nasoro with sea view and balcony at the beach for 2-3 guests
Room Nasoro with sea view and balcony at the beach for 2-3 guests
Nungwi Road, Building, Nungwi, Unguja North Region
Situated in Nungwi, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mnarani Natural Aquarium and Nungwi Beach. Kendwa Beach is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.
Room Nasoro with sea view and balcony at the beach for 2-3 guests
Room Hadija at the beach for 2-3 guests
Room Hadija at the beach for 2-3 guests
Nungwi Road, Building, Nungwi, Unguja North Region
Situated in Nungwi, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mnarani Natural Aquarium and Nungwi Beach. Kendwa Beach is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.
Room Hadija at the beach for 2-3 guests
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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