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1. Posted by kidume (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hey !

For those who might plan or are going to Zanzibar or Pemba I would be glad to help with tips or any advices to help you on the way.
I have been living and working on Zanzibar since 2002 so I know most corners of this unique Island.

Zanzibar has changed a lot during the last 3-4 years and many new hotels and various tour operators has sprung up.
For some it can be a bit tricky to come to this Island for the first if can help a little I would be glad.
Stonetown is probably your first encounter with Zanzibar..and this town is not to be missed...There is much to be seen here and the wonderful thing about this very old historic town is that its alive..this is not a museum..people are living there life here and some things hasn't changed much for many years...So go and get lost. !!

Zanzibar is blessed with some of the best beaches in the world...especially the north and the east coast of the Island.
If you are into diving, fishing,snorkelling, windsurfing, para sailing and a bit of night life, you should head north for either Nungwi or Kendwa.
Her you will find the biggest selection of water sport operators, restaurants and bars on the island..However..this is not Ibiza....Thank God for that.!!
A good advise when it comes to all kind of not get temped by very low prices offered of “beach boys”....Go and book your activity in one of the professional water sport operators..for you own safety !!

The stretch between Nungwi & Kendwa can be dangerous..DO NOT walk between these to places in the night...There has unfortunately been some fatal robbery's here...Take a taxi !!!!

North of Zanzibar you have Pemba Island...This Island is very different from Zanzibar and still kind of untouched.
Only a handful of hotels is to be found on this Island....Zanzibar can be busy and Pemba is just the opposite.
This is the place to go for diving & fishing in world class and to kick back from everything and enjoy the peace and quietness.

This was just a few tips..if anyone wants to know more about these to wonderful are welcome to write me.


2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Welcome to Travellerspoint Chris! Some great info there. Have you checked out our wiki guide to Zanzibar? Could probably use your expertise!!

3. Posted by kidume (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hey Sam...Thanks for that !

I will check out the wiki guide


4. Posted by alextravel (Full Member 75 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


I am planning to spend a week of so on Zanzibar in October. Do you know what the weather is usually like this time of year? I would also like to do some scuba diving whilst on the island. I have my PADI advanced open water licence so would just be looking to rent gear and go out on a boat with some fellow divers. Any ideas what the cost of this would be per dive?

Are there any camping facilities on the island? As I am backpacking around for a few months I am looking to save cash whenever possible. Would you know what the typical living costs are like on the island i.e. food, transport, accommodation, etc.

Hope all is well on the island. Thanks for your help


5. Posted by kidume (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hey Alex

Zanzibar is not a cheap place...But surely you can keep your costs down by staying in cheap guesthouses and eat local food.

I guess you can get bye on this Island for around 50$ a day...That dosent include any activities

Diving...You cannot rent equipment on zanzibar and go of with some friends..nobody will rent you the gear.

Diving is done through the diving centres...You can check out there prices on the internet.

The weather in October should be ok...For sure you are not going to be cold.

There are no camping facilities on Zanzibar that I am aware of...

Hope this can help you.