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5 Best Tanzanian Beaches by Popularity

You may be thinking that we have made a typo in the article’s title. Tanzania is a place where you go on exotic safaris and explore nature. However, Tanzania also has an endless number of beaches. If you want to plan a vacation to go on a safari and relax simultaneously, Tanzania is the perfect destination. These are 5 of the best Tanzanian beaches by popularity. 


Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar

Located on the beautiful island of Zanzibar, Nungwi Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If you read a list of top beaches globally, you will see Nungwi on every list. Nungwi is a fishing village that is 56 kilometers north of Zanzibar Town. There are plenty of activities on Nungwi Beach. You can visit many bars, dine at some fancy and beautifully decorated restaurants, or spend your time at a beachfront guesthouse. You can also do many fun water-related activities, including kayaking, snorkeling, or going on a sunset cruise on a dhow. Nungwi Beach is a lively destination, which will inspire you to seize the moment and engage in as many activities as possible. 


Kendwa Beach, Zanzibar

Located near Nungwi lies Kendwa, another beautiful and cultural village. The Kendwa Beach will take your breath away, and it has a mesmerizing view of Daloni Island. The beach itself is a beautiful paradise. Like Nungwi Beach, Kendwa Beach is also a lively place. You will find many tour operators offering various sea safari tours. There are also many operators offering a range of water sports. However, if you are one for the party, you can also participate in the monthly Full Moon Party. If you are not down for partying and water sports, you can take a swim as well or lie back on the beach and relax. 

Paje Beach, Zanzibar

By now, you must be thinking that we should rename this to the top five beaches in Zanzibar. That is the beauty of Zanzibar. The beaches are so spectacular that we have to dedicate the top three places to the island. Paje is another beautiful place on the east coast. The white sandy beaches, calm tides, and picturesque views. One of the best things about Paje Beach is kitesurfing. Although Paje Beach is quieter than Kendwa and Nungwi, the beach still has an exciting atmosphere. You can also witness the locals making soap from the seaweed collected from the beach.  

Sange Beach, Pangani

Taking a step away from Zanzibar, we head over to Pangani, a seculeded and remote location. However, be aware that reaching Sange Beach will be a challenge. The tracks that lead to the location are rigid, and it can be a vigorous ride. However, it is definitely worth the challenge because Sange Beach is a hidden gem in Tanzania. The white sandy beach is situated between Saadani National Park and Pangani. 

Misali Island beach, Pemba

Heading back towards Zanzibar, we steer off to Pemba Island. Misali Island is situated in the Southwest. It is an isolated location and the perfect paradise for beach lovers that want to lie back and enjoy the sounds of the crashing tides while enjoying sunbathing and relaxing. Pemba Island itself is very quiet in comparison to the other locations in Tanzania. It is a lesser-traveled location, and it is the perfect escape if you want to get away from the crowds. 

Tanzania has some of the most refreshing, serene, and picturesque beaches in East Africa. Tanzania is about the safari hustle and escaping to one of the many “paradise” beaches. You can even solo travel to Tanzania because the beaches have many water-related activities and a lively atmosphere, enabling you to make the most of your vacation, meet new people, and learn about the local culture. To learn more about Tanzania, read our Guide to Air Travel in Tanzania.