The North and North West coast of Zanzibar is renowned for its numerous beach resorts. There are four major areas for travellers to the area; Nungwi, Kendwa, Mnemba Atoll and, in complete contrast, Tumbatu Island. As well as rest and relaxation on the beaches most resorts in the region offer a variety of water-sports, boat trips, diving, village tours and excursions to other parts of the island. However, the major attraction of a coastal holiday on Zanzibar is a chance to escape and take to the beach or pool.
The heart of Northern Zanzibar’s tourist industry is Nungwi’s West-Coast Beach. This has become an increasingly vibrant tourist destination with numerous bars, restaurants and resorts of various ratings. The beach is a busy tourist hub. Some of Zanzibar’s wildest nightlife can be found here. However there are more reserved restaurants offering top quality seafood with views of the ocean.
Though the beach is good and the sea can be bathed in at high-tide, expect the inevitable results of tourism; touts, tacky stalls and bars and a slight air of bitterness from many locals. Long walks along the beach are tricky. It is easy to get stranded by the tide.
The village of Nungwi is ever further removed from the coast due to developments that have sprung up in front of it. This small fishing village has its own bars and restaurants and visitors often take village tours to get an insight into rural Zanzibari life. Again, many locals can be reproachful towards tourists. Their traditional attitudes do not sit easily with swim-suits, drinking and dancing. When visiting villages it is best to cover up and be respectful and polite.