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Zanzibar, with its pristine beaches, offers adventurous travellers unforgettable experiences

Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, is a diver’s paradise. After gaining independence from Britain in 1963, in other words, is now building its economy through touristic pursuits.

Its vast aquatic treasures are ably aiding this process as tourism has seen a rise in recent years with its pristine coral reefs attracting water sports enthusiasts. Snorkellers and scuba divers regularly head to Zanzibar to discover aquatic treasures. Zanzibar is blessed with rich flora and fauna and is an important location in the world for viewing the whale shark, the ocean’s largest fish.

WHERE THE SEA OVERWHELMS YOU

Zanzibar’s location and its aquatic waters can leave you thrilled and overwhelmed with their warm colours and hues. Mnemba Island and its sea green and turquoise waters are full of rare sea creatures, including dolphins, clownfish in their anemone, the rare blue starfish or the red-knobbed starfish and the green turtles who make a guest appearance once in a while! It is a great place to indulge in some snorkelling and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Leven Bank does not disappoint either with its stunning underwater landscape with rainbow runners, white tip sharks, barracudas and triggerfish thriving in its waters. However, this spot is ideally suited for advanced divers.

For an amateur diver, Hunga Reef is the place to be! The colours of the Indian Ocean converge at this spot providing a soothing experience to your tired eyes. After spending some time gazing the vast expanse of the sea, the amateur diver in you could try and explore the world beneath the sea . If you are fortunate, you will get a chance to meet lobsters and surgeonfish. For a more tranquil experience, you could head to Pemba Islands about 50 kilometres away and experience the lush green environs in idyllic settings. You may also visit the wildlife reserve of Ngezi where you could spot fruit bats, bush babies, African monkeys, owls and butterflies.

FOOD CONNOISSEUR’S DELIGHT

Zanzibar is a goldmine for adventure lovers and it has something to offer everyone who visits this archipelago. But any visit to this place is incomplete without tasting the local fare. The adventurer in you will not be content if they don’t taste Zanzibar Pizza, which consists of meat or fish, onions, pepper and mayonnaise.

It also has its own local version of Biryani that will appeal to everyone with inherent similarities to the traditional Biryani. The Urujo and the Pweza wa Nazi (octopus curry) are truly dishes that cater to food lovers. For those with the quintessential sweet tooth Zanzibar offers a gourmet selection as well with Mandazi (Swahili doughnut) and the spicy ice cream in the ginger, avocado, baobab or masala favour will tinkle your taste buds as well.

Therefore, Zanzibar is the ideal place to eat and explore and enjoy the pristine scenery all in one go!

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