Diving trip to Zanzibar

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1. Posted by Rocbrother (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I am planning a diving trip to Zanzibar. I already know the diving is supposed to be great, but anybody know of some good places to stay?

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Where in Zanzibar are you going?

In Stone Town, I stayed at the Garden Inn on Kaunda Road. $US 20 for a single including breakfast on the rooftop patio. The rooms were nice with four-poster beds, mosquito nets, fans and hot water. It is also an excellent choice because it is on a major road, and thus easy to find. One of the places I was thinking of I stumbled on while lost in the twisting alleys of Stone Town. There is no way I would have been able to find a hotel in those back streets in the dark after a few beers.

I also stayed in Kendwa at the Amaan Bungalows. It was $US 30 for a single “sea view.” It was about 20 metres from the beach. They wanted $US 50 for a sea view on the beach, but I decided that the extra $20 wasn’t worth the saved 40 steps to the beach. Very nice place – hot water, beds with mosquito nets, fan, AC. A beach bar and restaurant is on the property. Food is a little pricey.

I also checked out Kendwa Rocks next door. They were a little cheaper than Amaan Bungalows, but didn’t have any singles available. I liked the architecture at Kendwa Rocks better – the thatch hut look rather than the stucco bungalow look, but that’s just window dressing. I have heard that Kendwa Rocks can get a little rowdy at night – they do host full moon parties.

Check out more on Zanzibar here: Zanzibar Trip Report

3. Posted by achnab (Budding Member 28 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I always stay at the Flamingo guest house in the old stone town cost is circa $10 pp per night.
It is family owned and run, clean and with a rooftop restaurant.

4. Posted by Rocbrother (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I am still in the beginning stages of my planning, so I do not know where in Zanzibar. All I know is that I whant to SCUBA dive and park off on some nice beach inbetween dives.

5. Posted by Rocbrother (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

My trip to Zanzibar is coming up next month. Sensation diver looks pretty good for a dive operator, and they are right next to Amaan Bungalows. I might also go to Pemba island and stay at the Old Mission Lodge with Swahili divers. Any other suggestions that will not cost an arm and a leg, I am going for 26 days!