Nungwi

Right on the northern most point of the island, the beach that surrounds this area is truly stunning. Azure waters and white sands are what await those that come here. The only drawback really is that many of the hotels have had to perch on the coral cliffs that run north from the village and, as such, lose their beaches at high tide. Generally, however, this is not a problem and, with the small backpacker community in the village, this is a great place to head if you like to get out of the hotel for a drink or two.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO

The fish market– The local fishermen leave for their night of fishing out around 4pm everyday, dotting the horizon with tens of dhows and their white-sails. Its just a gorgeous moment that you’ll want to make sure you have your camera for.
The next morning at around 6.30 to 7am, the fisherman are back with their catch of all shapes and sizes. See fish and sea creatures you have never seen before on the market ready for sale. Watch as the locals bid for the best catch, or if you feel like cooking, try to snag a tuna or snapper for grilling.

Dhow Boats Building– Next to the fish market you can see the local craftsmen building the dhows boats. Watch the techniques that have been used for decades and centuries.

Sunset cruises– Everyday at around 16:30 to 18:30 you can enjoy a sunset cruise organised locally with some snorkeling trips. The local guys will entertain you with some drums and songs. It’s the perfect way to finish your day.

Turtle Aquarium– The Mnarani Aquarium offers a chance for the non divers to see and feed turtles.
The turtles swim in a natural coral pool. Supposedly, turtle that are injured or caught by fishing nets are brought here by local fisherman to rehabilitate. Once a year some of the turtles are released back into the sea. We are in doubts regarding how this business helps conserving Zanzibar’s turtles. Unfortunately, many healthy turtles are brought to the aquarium and kept in those pools for long periods of time for business reasons mainly.

Nungwi Village– Nungwi is a small village that you can walk around and locals are used to seeing many tourist everyday. Buy some fruit, painting and souvenir from the local shops in the village main road. Please be advised that when going to the village you should keep your shoulders and knees covered to respect the local culture.

Volleyball–Locals and tourist are playing till sunset. Everyone welcome.