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Things to do in Zanzibar

Zanzibar—the name alone conjures romantic images of exotic spices, turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and verdant landscapes. Whether you're looking for historical sites or tranquil relaxation, finding things to do in Zanzibar is a breeze.

Due to Zanzibar's location in the Indian Ocean, there are many aquatic activities. The water is warm and transparent, so diving, snorkeling, and sailing amidst the coral reefs is a must-do. At Chumbe Island Coral Park, going snorkeling and scuba diving—you might even catch a glimpse of dolphins and lionfish! Another popular aquatic activity is kite surfing in the Paje Beach lagoon or dhow sailing around the islands. If you are an animal lover, one of the best things to do in Zanzibar is to take an elephant tour. You can also take a sightseeing cruise, where you might see dolphins, turtles, and humpback whales.

Still wondering what to do in Zanzibar? Explore the historical and cultural sites of this fascinating place with a visit to Zanzibar National Museum of History & Culture, the House of Wonders, or the Mtoni Palace. Stone Town is the historical capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site,--it's certainly a must-see.

Lastly, the Jozani forest belongs on any list of what to do in Zanzibar. It's a large mangrove swamp, centrally located in the eastern region of Zanzibar. The forest is home to over forty bird species, fifty types of butterfly, and the extremely rare Red Colobus Monkey. Kidlike root site is home to the endangered Pemba flying fox.

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