Tanzania has an extensive coastline with the beautiful Indian Ocean, though much of the mainland coast is undeveloped.
Tanzania’s main beach destination is the idyllic island of Zanzibar, which offers a wide variety of exclusive and mainstream beach options, as well as sight-seeing and cultural experiences in and around the capital, Stone Town.
Mainstream resort hotels offer excellent facilities, reasonable value for money and are very suitable for families seeking an active beach holiday, or couples seeking a resort hotel experience. Quieter and more escapist beach lodges are available for anyone seeking a more relaxed, exclusive beach experience, and these vary from very expensive to extremely good value for money.
For the ultimate escape, there are several more remote islands to consider. Just off Zanzibar are the tiny and exclusive Chumbe and Mnemba islands. Pemba Island (technically the northern half of the Zanzibar archipelago) and Mafia Island (to the south) are of significant size but are far less developed than Zanzibar itself. The mainland coast does offers a few exclusive beach retreats, but is generally not developed for tourism.
The Tanzania coast can be easily reached from most safari regions in Tanzania. However, should the Tanzania coast not be ideal for you, or you are travelling at the wrong time of year, there are a variety of alternative destinations to consider including Mauritius and The Seychelles.