Ultimate Zanzibar Honeymoon Guide

Let us take you to Spice Island with everything you need to know to plan a Zanzibar honeymoon – Tanzania’s jewel in the Indian Ocean.

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Welcome to planning a Zanzibar honeymoon! This captivating archipelago off the coast of Tanzania is renowned for its breathtaking beaches, cultural heritage, and exotic vibes.

This guide is your key to unlocking the island’s treasures, from the lanes of Stone Town to the beaches of Nungwi and Paje and the lesser explored shores of Pemba. We’ve got everything you need to know.

Let’s get planning with our Ultimate Zanzibar Honeymoon Guide!

Good to know about Zanzibar

Time Zone: GMT +3

Language: Swahili & Arabic

Capital: Stone Town

Population: 800,000

Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)

A few phrases:

Hi: Jambo

Thank you: Asante

Goodbye: Kwa Heri

Visa Required: Most nationalities can enter Zanzibar / Tanzania on an e-visa, available from iVisa.com. You will need 6 months of validity left on your passport.

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Travel Health: There is a risk of malaria and zika virus in Zanzibar. A Yellow Fever vaccination may be required. Other travel vaccinations are needed. We encourage you to visit the Centers for Disease Control website for up-to-date travel vaccination recommendations or speak to a Tropical Medicine Specialist.

About Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an enchanting archipelago off the coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar is not a country, but is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania, comprising several islands, the most prominent being Unguja aka Spice Island, or, commonly referred to as Zanzibar Island.

Zanzibar has been a crossroads of civilizations for centuries. Influences from Africa, the Arab world, India, and Europe have melded here, evident in its architecture, cuisine, and traditions.

Historically, a centre of the spice and slave trading, Zanzibar’s Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, tells tales of its past through its winding alleys.

Today, Zanzibar is celebrated for its stunning beaches and marine life and is one of Africa’s top honeymoon destinations.

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The best time to visit Zanzibar for a honeymoon

The best time to visit Zanzibar for a honeymoon is from June to October when the weather it’s at its driest.

From November to December, you may experience some occasional showers but plenty of dry weather, too. From January to early March there is a shorter hot, dry period called the Green Season with less rain.

The worst time to visit Zanzibar is from late March to May. This is when the ‘long rains’ arrive and you can expect regular rain and more mosquitos.

Where to stay on a Zanzibar honeymoon

Zanzibar Island is 2,461 km² and it can take over 90 minutes to drive from north to south.

Stone Town, set within Zanzibar City, the capital, is on the west coast of Zanzibar. Many couples will just take a day trip, but for culture and history lovers, it’s definitely worth staying a night or two and taking a walking tour of its winding alleys and a spice tour to learn about the produce that made the island famous.

Most couples planning a honeymoon in Zanzibar will head straight for the beaches of the island, mostly in the north and east of the island.

Nungwi is the most popular beach area with a mixture of holiday makers and is the liveliest beach on the island.

Tides affect Zanzibar, particularly on some of the east/south-east coast beaches. Meaning that during some parts of the day when the tide is out there, it can affect swimming.

That doesn’t mean you should rule out the east coast for your Zanzibar honeymoon as the long white sand paradise beaches like Kiwengwa, Matemwe, Dongwe, Paje and Jambiani are stunning. Not all the beaches are affected by tides, and some of them are less crowded. You can also check the tide forecast.

However, if you love to swim in the sea, opt for a resort around Nungwi or Kendwa.

There are other islands in the archipelago for couples with more time. Mnemba Island has the most stunning castaway island experience just off the coast and has great snorkelling, scuba diving, and is a nesting site for green turtles.

Pemba Island, home to small fishing villages, historic ruins, and wild coastline, is much less developed than Unjuga.

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Zanzibar Honeymoon Hotels

Zanzibar Honeymoon Hotels in Stone Town

Emerson Spice Hotel

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Set in a beautifully restored merchant’s house, Emerson Spice Hotel is a boutique Zanzibar honeymoon hotel will take you back in time.

The eleven unique rooms, furnished with antiques, have a distinct story. With names like Violetta, a courtesan’s boudoir in shades of violet and blue.

The hotel is renowned for its two dining venues: The Secret Garden Restaurant, set amidst the ruins of an adjacent garden, and the rooftop Emerson Spice ‘Tea House’.

Check prices and book on Expedia.com

Zanzibar Coffee House

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Zanzibar Coffee House is one of the most unique Zanzibar honeymoon hotels in Stone Town.

Set in an authentic Arabic house dating back to 1885, it features eight individually designed rooms, each adorned with traditional Zanzibar four-poster beds, antique furniture, and rich fabrics.

The hotel’s highlight is its rooftop café, which has a 360° view over Stone Town, perfect for enjoying their renowned coffee creations.

Check prices and book on Booking.com and Expedia.com

Park Hyatt Zanzibar

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In the heart of Stone Town, Park Hyatt Zanzibar blends modern amenities with traditional Omani inspired Zanzibari elements.

Opt for the Park Deluxe with views of the Indian Ocean. This is for couples who like more creature comforts in a big brand hotel.

Check prices and book on Booking.com and Expedia.com

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Zanzibar Honeymoon Hotels on Unguja

Zanzi Resort

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Sitting on the edge of the ocean, nestled into the rainforest on the quieter west coast, Zanzi Resort is a secluded haven with its own private beach. Yet it’s just a 30 minute drive from Stone Town.

This boutique resort offers 13 locally crafted villas with private pools. Book the Ocean Access Villa for direct beach access.

Known for its attention to detail and personalised service, you can opt for either half board or all-inclusive.

Check prices and book on Booking.com and Expedia.com

Zuri Zanzibar

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Set on the most desirable beach, Kendwa, with beautiful sunsets and views of the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Zuri Zanzibar is one of our top picks for all-inclusive Zanzibar honeymoon hotels. 

With 56 bungalows, suites, and villas nestled in a lush tropical garden. Book the Ocean Front Suite overlooking the dazzling white sands. It even has a jacuzzi.

The resort offers a culinary journey with a fusion of European, African, Arabic, and Indian cuisine across its three restaurants and four bars. There is a range of meal plans, including all-inclusive. Guests can indulge in wellbeing activities like yoga and meditation.

Check prices and book on Booking.com and Expedia.com

Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar

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Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar is a unique blend of Scandinavian minimalism and Swahili architecture, set in 50 acres of lush tropical gardens just south of Kwenda.

Originally designed for Benny Andersson of ABBA fame, this luxury boutique hotel offers Pavilion Suites with wide-arched, glassless windows for spectacular ocean views and a natural, open ambiance.

Each Pavilion features a private plunge pool and a unique ‘rainfall’ shower room with ocean views.

The Main Pavilion includes a ‘waterfall’ bar overlooking a 25-metre infinity pool with the most perfect sunsets. Dedicated butlers ensure privacy and personalised service, making Kilindi one of our top picks for heavenly Zanzibar honeymoon hotels.

Check prices and book on Booking.com and Expedia.com

Emerald Zanzibar Resort & Spa

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A relatively new addition, Emerald Zanzibar Resort & Spa is another top pick for all-inclusive Zanzibar honeymoon hotels.

Located north of Matemwe, set on the pristine white sandy Muyuni Beach. You’ll find contemporary luxury meets Zanzibari style with a range of amenities, including a spa, water sports, and diverse dining options. Opt for the heavenly Pool Suite.

Check prices and book on Booking.com and Expedia.com

Baraza Resort and Spa Zanzibar

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One of our top picks for all-inclusive Zanzibar honeymoon hotels, Baraza Resort & Spa, is a luxury boutique resort, along Dongwe beach on the serene east coast.

Honouring the heritage of Zanzibar, dating back to the era of the Omani Sultans, there are just 30 villas featuring intricate hand-carved décor and antiques. Baraza Resort and Spa offer an exclusive and luxurious experience.

Check prices and book on Booking.com and Expedia.com

Tulia Zanzibar

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Known for its exceptional service and beautiful beachfront location, Tulia Zanzibar is one of our top picks for adult focused all inclusive Zanzibar honeymoon hotels.

On stunning Pongwe beach, this is an exclusive experience with only 16 bungalows and villas. The Seafront Luxury Villa with Private Pool is a must. 

The resort is renowned for its ‘True All Inclusive’ concept, featuring premium drinks, à la carte fine dining, and no additional charges, allowing guests to indulge without worries. 

Check prices and book on Booking.com and Expedia.com

Mvuvi Boutique Resort

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On the pristine white beach of Kiwengwa, Mvuvi Boutique Resort is a haven. This tiny rustic hotel of just 8 rooms is ideal for couples seeking laid back and affordable Zanzibar honeymoon hotels.

Designed and furnished in authentic Swahili style, opt for the Sea View room for the incredible vistas of one of Zanzibar’s best beaches.

Check prices and book on Booking.com and Expedia.com

Xanadu Luxury Villas

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Xanadu Luxury Villas is an exclusive and intimate experience with its collection of nine unique villas on Dongwe, each promising privacy, luxury, and a personalised touch.

The One Bedroom Villas feature modern and traditional elements, creating a serene and stylish atmosphere.

You’ll have your own private plunge pool and outdoor space with on-call butler service. The resort’s culinary team delivers a tailor-made all-inclusive dining experience that highlights fresh, locally sourced ingredients – ideal for couples who don’t want a large resort.

Check prices and book on Booking.com and Expedia.com

Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa – Relais & Chateaux

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Located on the beautiful Paje Beach, Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is part of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux collection.

You’ll find heavenly and more affordable Cinnamon Rooms with private hot tubs. Or upgrade to a villa with more space. Dine on gourmet dishes that celebrate Swahili flavours and enjoy the stunning views of the Indian Ocean.

This is what Zanzibar honeymoon hotels are all about.

Check prices and book on Booking.com and Expedia.com

Passion Boutique Hotel

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Passion Boutique Hotel Zanzibar is a haven of tranquillity on the lesser visited south-east coast in Jambiani.

With only eight rooms, it is ideal for couples looking for a laid back adults only haven. Each room offers breathtaking ocean views, and with access to an infinity pool overlooking the Indian ocean, this is a gorgeous pick when it comes to Zanzibar Honeymoon Hotels.

Check prices and book on Booking.com and Expedia.com

Other Zanzibar Honeymoon Hotels

andBeyond Mnemba Island

The most exclusive of Zanzibar honeymoon hotels, &Beyond Mnemba Island, is the ultimate in barefoot luxury.

With just a 12 rustically chic bandas (traditional huts), it offers an unrivalled, intimate island experience.

This exclusive island paradise, located off the northeast coast of Zanzibar, is a dream when it comes to Zanzibar honeymoon hotels. Surrounded by the best diving on the African shores. Enjoy romantic candlelit dinners on the beach, yoga and massages.

Check prices and book on andBeyond.com

The Island Pongwe Lodge

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The Island Pongwe Lodge is one of the few adults-only Zanzibar honeymoon hotels. Nestled on a coral rock island just 100m offshore from Pongwe Beach, within lush gardens and surrounded by the blue Indian Ocean.

The resort’s gourmet restaurant serves exquisite meals that blend local flavours with gourmet cuisine, enhancing the culinary experience.

The Island offers five Standard Villas and one Sultan Villa, all facing the ocean and featuring private verandas. Opt for the sunset view.

Emphasising eco-friendliness, the rooms lack televisions and air conditioning, encouraging guests to connect with nature. It’s perfect for couples seeking a quiet retreat with a difference.

Check prices and book on Booking.com and Expedia.com

Chumbe Island Coral Park

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Chumbe Island Coral Park is an eco-lodge like no other. A conservation area with a unique coral reef sanctuary and forest reserve, it’s a breathtaking tropical paradise just 8kms off the coast of Zanzibar.

You’ll find seven exclusive solar powered eco-bungalows that come with all-inclusive (minus alcohol), allowing you to immerse yourself in nature while enjoying modern comforts.

Try traditional Zanzibari cuisine and participate in conservation efforts, as the island’s operations are entirely funded through ecotourism. Chumbe Island is an ideal retreat for honeymooners seeking a sustainable Zanzibar honeymoon hotel that gives back to the community.

Check prices and book on Booking.com and Expedia.com

The Manta Resort Pemba Island

One of our top picks when it comes to Zanzibar honeymoon hotels, The Manta Resort on Pemba Island is a luxury hideaway, surrounded by a primitive forest and overlooking turquoise waters with unspoilt coral reefs.

The unique Underwater Room is a private island structure where you can immerse yourself in the Indian Ocean, observing marine life in their natural habitat.

Back on land, opt for the Seafront Villa with a private open-plan design, extended balcony and plunge pool. This is one of the most unique honeymoon hotels in Zanzibar and all of Africa!

Check prices and book on themantaresort.com

The Aiyana Pemba Island

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A second option on the less-travelled Pemba Island, The Aiyana Pemba Island, is the epitome of honeymoon-insta-worthy luxury and seclusion.

On the northern edge of Pemba Island, with stunning ocean views and 30 chic villas on the most heavenly stretch of beach.

Check prices and book on Booking.com and Expedia.com

Fundu Lagoon Pemba Island

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Fundu Lagoon is an enchanting rustic boutique hotel nestled on the southwestern shores of Pemba Island.

Only accessible by boat, it features twelve private hillside and beachfront suites, each offering stunning ocean views and a sense of seclusion.

Featuring thatched roofed bungalows, couples can enjoy a range of activities, including diving in the pristine waters and indulging in spa treatments. The resort’s four bars and open-sided restaurant serve a fusion of international and Swahili cuisine.

Fundu Lagoon is one of our top Zanzibar honeymoon hotel recommendations for couples who want to get back to nature.

Check prices and book on Booking.com and Expedia.com

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Things to do in Zanzibar on honeymoon

Stone Town

Delve into the cultural heart of Zanzibar, Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through its labyrinthine alleys, admiring the unique architecture, bustling bazaars, and the iconic Zanzibar doors.

Explore the Old Slave Market, the Old Fort aka the Arab Fort and House of Wonders and Palace Museum (the latter two currently under remedial works so check if open before you go there).

Most couples just visit on a day trip, but if you have time, stay a night or two as Stone Town is one of the best things to do in Zanzibar on honeymoon.

Spice Farm Tour

Zanzibar is famously known as Spice Island, so an aromatic experience with a tour of a local spice farm is one of the top things to do in Zanzibar on honeymoon.

Learn about the cultivation and uses of various spices like cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon and don’t forget to buy some to take home. 

Snorkelling and Scuba Diving

Zanzibar’s coral reefs are a haven for marine life. Explore the underwater world on a snorkelling or scuba diving excursion. It’s a must for water lovers to add to their things to do on a Zanzibar honeymoon short list.

Book a tour that takes in Mnemba Island or the Blue Lagoon near Bwejuu, the top spots for encountering vibrant marine biodiversity.

Dhow Cruise

Experience a traditional dhow cruise, especially enchanting during sunset. It’s a serene way to appreciate the island’s beauty from the water. A dhow is a type of Arabic sailing boat.

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Jozani Forest Visit

No such thing as too much wildlife after your safari in Tanzania?

Then stop by Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park. The Jozani Forest is home to the rare Red Colobus monkeys and a variety of other wildlife and plant species.

Take a food tour

Explore the culinary delights of the island. Influenced by Arab, African and Asian traders. The Forodhani Gardens Night Market is a must-visit for trying local street food.

Go around sunset and enjoy the bustling vibes of this ancient city. It’s one of our top picks for things to do in Zanzibar on honeymoon.

Prison Island Tour

Visit Changuu Island aka Prison Island on a short boat trip. Just a short boat ride away from Stone Town, this historic island is known for its giant tortoises and dark history as a slave trading site.

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Kuza Cave

One of our top picks for things to do in Zanzibar on honeymoon is a stop at Kuva Cave. This natural wonder in the southeast is an ancient limestone jungle cave with crystal clear turquoise fresh water. You can jump in for a dip. Ideal for cooling off from the heat.

Water Sports

For couples seeking a little water adventure on their Zanzibar honeymoon, you’ll find parasailing and water skiing. Paje beach also has great conditions for kitesurfing. You can also hire crystal kayaks.

Explore local life 

Learn about the Zanzibari way of life on your honeymoon in Zanzibar.

From meeting the Maasai tribe, visiting local villages on quad bikes to learning some Swahili from Zanzibari mothers, to taking a bike tour of Ng’ambo – the other side of Zanzibar City to Stone Town.

You’ll find some great things to do in Zanzibar on honeymoon if you love to learn about other cultures. Just don’t take pictures without permission!

Have lunch at The Rock

One of the quintessential things to do in Zanzibar on honeymoon is lunch at The Rock Restaurant.

This rustic shack on a rock in the middle of the sea is one of Zanzibar’s iconic landmarks. You can walk off the beach on foot at low tide or travel by boat at high tide.

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Go Shopping

What souvenirs can you buy in Zanzibar? From exploring the bustling Darajani Bazaar to local craft stalls and stores, Zanzibar is the perfect location for picking up some African gems.

The island is famous for its intricate wood carvings, particularly the detailed Zanzibari doors and beautiful wooden chests.

Spices are a must-buy, given Zanzibar’s reputation as the ‘Spice Island’; you can find fresh and aromatic cloves, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 

For jewellery lovers, Tanzanite is a precious gemstone found only in Tanzania and you’ll find jewellery shops selling these stones in Stone Town. Be prepared to gently haggle to get the best deals. 

Pemba Island

If you have time, we highly recommend staying a night or two on Unjuga’s sister island Pemba Island.

Known for its diving spots and wilder landscapes. Pemba is probably what Zanzibar was like before tourism arrived.

Enjoy the Nightlife

Zanzibar is a conservative island with a majority Muslim population, so drinking is forbidden or ‘haram’.

However, for tourists, you can still find hotel bars serving alcohol in Stone Town and along the beautiful beach fronts.

The Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel Full Moon Party is a must for revellers. However, unlike other party destinations around the world, drinking alcohol in moderation is a must, as open drunkenness is illegal.

Enjoy the sunset

While some couples will opt for the expansive beaches of the east coast, experiencing the magical Indian Ocean sunset is a must add to your things to do in Zanzibar on honeymoon.

Opt for a sundowner at a bar in Nungwi, the waterfront of Stone Town or by the beach in Kwenda.

Just relax

There is so much to see and do on a Zanzibar honeymoon, but it’s also about just being with each other on the pristine beaches with their crystal-clear waters and soft, white sands. This is your honeymoon after all, so enjoy some downtime!

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Zanzibar Honeymoon Frequently Asked Questions

Is Zanzibar good for honeymoon?

Absolutely! A honeymoon in Zanzibar is made up of idyllic beaches, romantic hotels and cultural heritage. It’s one of the top honeymoon destinations in the Indian Ocean and is perfect for an all-inclusive honeymoon.

If you’re planning a safari honeymoon in East Africa, then Zanzibar is an essential addition to your honeymoon itinerary.

How long should we stay in Zanzibar for our honeymoon?

The typical duration for a Zanzibar honeymoon is 7 nights. This allows time to soak in the island’s diverse offerings without feeling rushed.

Some couples will add on a short stay of 4-5 nights to relax after a safari. However, this time will limit how much you can see and do on the island.

How to get to Zanzibar?

Zanzibar’s Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (airport code: ZNZ) is the gateway to the island.

Major carriers such as Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Emirates offer services to Zanzibar, often with a connection in their respective hubs of Doha (DOH), Istanbul (IST), and Dubai (DXB).

Regional airlines provide connections from Addis Ababa (ADD), Nairobi (NBO), and Johannesburg (JNB).

For couples planning a post safari Zanzibar honeymoon, domestic flights from Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, and Arusha are frequent and convenient, with carriers like Precision Air.

You can take the 2-hour ferry from Dar Es Salaam, too.

When you arrive in Zanzibar, it’s advisable to have a transfer pre-booked.

How to get around Zanzibar

The vast majority of couples planning a Zanzibar honeymoon will book excursions, hire a driver for the day or take taxis.

While you can hire a car, the driving culture may be different and more challenging than your home country.

You will need to get a temporary licence in addition to your international driving licence. Car hire companies will usually arrange this for you.

For intrepid couples, dala-dalas, the local minibuses, are a common mode of transport. They’re quite basic and can be crowded, but offer a glimpse into local life.

Is Zanzibar expensive

Zanzibar’s cost can vary widely, catering to both budget-conscious couples and those seeking luxury.

Activities like guided tours, water sports, and excursions also add to the expenses, but there are plenty of free or low-cost experiences, such as beach days and exploring Stone Town.

Overall, Zanzibar is cheaper than other Indian Ocean beach destinations like the Maldives and Seychelles.

Should we bring cash / should we tip

You’ll find ATMs in the main tourist centres like Nungwi and Stone Town. Most hotels charge in US$ rather than in Tanzania Shilling and will accept credit cards.

While not obligatory, tipping is a way to show appreciation for hard work and can go a long way in somewhere like Zanzibar, where wages are lower.

Should we use a travel agent to book a Zanzibar honeymoon

If you prefer to book a D-I-Y Zanzibar honeymoon package, we’d recommend choosing a flexible hotel rate with free cancellation with Booking.com. You can get great discounts on their loyalty programme.

You can book transfers, tours and excursions on GetYourGuide.
We would recommend booking these before arrival.

When you’re booking flights, if you can’t fly directly and are booking connecting flights, give yourself enough time to change aeroplanes. We’d recommend at least a 2 to 3-hour layover for a stress-free experience.

Don’t forget to have travel insurance in place before booking!

However, using a reputable travel agent has many pros. They’ll know the best flight routes, the best deals and take care of all the nitty-gritty details.

Planning a DIY safari Tanzania safari honeymoon can be tricky, so if you’re planning a Tanzania and Zanzibar honeymoon, we highly recommend opting for a specialised safari tour operator via a trusted travel agent who will package it up with flights, taking care of everything.

Is Zanzibar safe

Generally, Zanzibar is considered a safe destination for a honeymoon. The island is known for its welcoming locals and a relatively low crime rate, especially in tourist-focused areas.

However, like any travel destination, it’s wise to take standard safety precautions. This includes safeguarding valuables, being cautious in less crowded or poorly lit areas, especially at night, and being aware of your surroundings.

Don’t walk alone at night. Petty theft and opportunistic crimes can occur, particularly in busy areas like markets or crowded streets.

It’s also advisable to follow local advice on swimming and tides.

Is Zanzibar safe for LGBTQ+ couples

Unfortunately, when it comes to equality for LGBTQ+ people, Tanzania has yet to join us in the 21st century and homosexuality is ‘illegal’.

Many LGBTQ+ couples will plan a Zanzibar honeymoon and avoid drawing any attention to themselves by avoiding public displays of affection.

Zanzibar is conservative for everyone, compared to some parts of Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, so we’d recommend even heterosexual couples who are inclined to public displays of affection, to be conscious of local sensibilities.

However, we know many couples do not want to hide who they are while on their honeymoon. So if this is the case, for you, we’d recommend choosing a more LGBTQ+ friendly honeymoon destination like Seychelles, where homosexuality is not illegal.

What to pack for a Zanzibar honeymoon

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Zanzibar is a laid back tropical haven, so you’ll wear shorts and t-shirts most of the time. Add plenty of swimwear and sunglasses to your Zanzibar honeymoon packing list.

Include some more modest clothing that covers shoulders and legs for when you’re out sightseeing.

Also include high SPF reef-friendly sunscreen, strong insect repellent, rash guards, reef / water shoes and waterproof phone cases.

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Where can we tag on to Zanzibar for a multi-destination honeymoon

As you can see, you can easily spend over a week in Zanzibar and its surrounding islands.

Many couples will combine a Zanzibar honeymoon with a safari honeymoon on mainland Tanzania, where you can explore the Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater.

However, you can also look beyond Tanzania to other destinations in Africa.

You can tag a gorilla trekking honeymoon in Rwanda, a safari honeymoon in Kenya, a road trip honeymoon in South Africa, or even a honeymoon around Victoria Falls.

If you’re flying via Dubai or Istanbul, we highly recommend stopping over for a few days, too.

Zanzibar vs Mauritius vs Seychelles vs Maldives – which is best for a honeymoon

Eeek, don’t make us choose! Zanzibar, Mauritius, Seychelles, and the Maldives offer a glimpse into the different facets of the Indian Ocean, with the most heavenly paradise beaches on the planet.

The Maldives is made up of tiny private islands and there is more choice of honeymoon resorts at the luxury end of the scale. It’s home to many resorts with overwater villas, too.

However, if you’re planning a safari honeymoon in East Africa, Maldives is a little trickier to get to as you have to fly back through the Middle East airport hubs.

Seychelles and Mauritius are easy to get to via Nairobi. They’re two of our favourite honeymoon destinations on the planet. The beaches are stunning.

Seychelles is ideal for an island hopping honeymoon with unique beaches with huge granite rocks. Seychelles is a lot more expensive when comparing like for like, though.

Mauritius has more varied landscapes, but is probably the most comparable to Zanzibar.

The downsides to a Zanzibar honeymoon in comparison is that it is arguably not be as refined with less ultra luxury resorts.

Couples will encounter local hawkers on the beaches. While these vendors are simply trying to make a living, it can feel intrusive for couples seeking uninterrupted relaxation.

However, these are minor gripes. The hotels are beautiful and unique with their Arabian meets Swahili design; the beaches are incredible and culturally, Zanzibar is probably the most interesting of the four.

We would love to hear from you in the comments if you are planning a Zanzibar honeymoon! Let us know if this guide was useful or if we left out any essential information.

Check out more of our Ultimate Honeymoon Guides series. We’re always adding new guides and please contact us if there is somewhere you’d love to see on The Honeymoon Guide!

Happy Planning x

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