When we hear ‘island’, our minds are transported to a world in its own. The ruffling palms, the soothing ocean breeze, powdery sand and the stunning scenery. Barely do we imagine people in it. Do such secret islands really exist?
Known for its famous tropical islands of Zanzibar, Mafia and Pemba, Tanzania is a much diverse travel destination and offers a surprising selection of exotic isles that are less explored. From sandbank islands that open up for few hours to hidden gems that offer a retreat during your cruising experience, mark these beaches for your next dream come true destinations holidays.
Literally the “I Love You’ Sandbank
Rarely would anyone openly propose the idea of visiting this sandbank for its visibility is dependent on the tide that showcases the beauty of this tinniest isle in Zanzibar. Once you board a dhow from Stone Town, the captain will squint and hopes that paradise is overt, mostly just for 2-3 hours in the afternoon. In about 20 minutes, a flock of cranes will welcome you. Pitch your tents, set your barbeque lunch, chilled drinks and dive into the cool of light waves. Nakupenda beach is barely a mile long and invites not more than 20 visitors a day. You will truly feel fortunate to have visited this island, owing to its isolated location, pristine surroundings and low tide visibility. Access to the beach is free of cost!
sunbathing, snorkeling, cruising, kite surfing, strolling and sandbank picnic
Your Private Getaway
If you would like to discover the treasures of the ocean and enjoy a beach day out away from the crowd, the secret island of Sinda is a hidden retreat just 8 kilometers from the South Coast of Dar es Salaam. Begin your day early morning in a classy dhow or a cruise that will pass by reefs that are inviting for snorkeling and exploring other tropical, fish and pods of dolphins. In contrast to other beaches, this island does not depend on the tide so you can swim all day long. Recently discovered, Sinda Island remains deserted with barely any people and offers the luxury of privacy. It is ideal for couples, proposals and also day excursion with small groups. A small marine park fees applies.
sailing, fishing trips, sunset cruise, kayaking, snorkeling and swimming
The Fantasy Island
Wade in shallow water, swim under coral formations, walk around the baobab trees and mangroves. Explore this uninhabited island hidden in the tropical paradise of Zanzibar. The pristine beach is mostly visited by island hoppers during the day who enjoy to walk along the shore following footprint of the scurrying crabs. The highlight of this place however is the green lagoon that invites for a relaxing break with barely any human trace. Kwale is a less explored island and invites very few visitors. It makes for a perfect break after your safari especially when you want to avoid the crowd. Despite its isolation, it is safe to visit this island with a recommended guide and after comprehending the tide level.
Sailing, snorkeling, seafood and fresh fruit brunch, beach explorations.
The Perfect Weekend
If you are looking for a quick escapade and you are time-bound, Mbudya Island is the just about the right place to unwind and relax. Popular among the expatriate community, this petite sandbank has a great vibe and is just few miles off the coast of Dar es Salaam. One can only go there with their swimwear and snorkel gear and enjoy fresh seafood prepared at the only island restaurant and of course the bountiful nature. The marine park is known to have some protected reefs and invites a young crowd and families. While the water surrounding the small island is inviting for snorkelers and swimmers, it is also possible to hike around the island as you follow the nature trails.
snorkeling, trekking, sandbank picnics, island cruising
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