Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar. Reviews: is it worth the trip?

Nungwi – Zanzibar’s inexpensive and party beach

Reviews on holidays in Nungwi

Find out why you should go to Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar in 2022. Tourist reviews: what hotels and restaurants they recommend, pros and cons of the resort. Beach infrastructure and entertainment prices.

Exchange rate: 1000 Tanzanian Shillings (TZS) ≈ 31 RUB.


Nungwi Beach Reviews.

The famous hangout beach is located on the northwest coast, next to the luxurious Kendwa Beach. According to 2021 tourist reviews, Nungwi is more crowded and noisy than any other part of the coast. Young people, water sports enthusiasts and parents with children enjoy relaxing here.

The beach at Nungwi in Zanzibar:

  • The wide shore is covered with soft white sand.
  • Gentle entrance to the water, sandy seabed without potholes and stones.
  • The tides are almost not pronounced.
  • You can admire the beautiful sunsets.
  • Clean sea water.
  • Large selection of entertainment for outdoor activities.
  • Excellent conditions for snorkeling and diving.
  • There are hotels for all tastes and wallets.
  • Many restaurants, cafes, bars and stores.

Traveler794007: “Gorgeous beach and gorgeous ocean. Best I have seen anywhere on the planet. The tides on this beach are very small. There were no waves at all.”

Minuses of Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar :

  • There are few sun loungers on the beach.
  • At the bottom there are sea urchins.
  • At high tide leaves seaweed on the beach.
  • Sometimes annoying mosquitoes.

Eduard: “Mosquitoes didn’t bite us, but our friends (who lived above us) were bitten.

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The tide at Nungwi Beach Photo: Bradclin Photography /

Hotels in Nungwi Beach

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Almost all accommodations for tourists are located on the first line from the sea. It is only 50-60 meters to the beaches. Hotels on the beach Nungwi in Zanzibar offer recreation by European standards, but with a Tanzanian flavor. According to reviews of tourists, guests are treated kindly, the staff is prompt, and cleaning in the rooms does not cause criticism.

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The luxurious 5* hotels have all-inclusive meals. If you are used to comfortable rest and a high level of service, rent a room or a house in Essque Zalu Zanzibar 5*, La Gemma Dell Est 5* and Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort 5*, Riu Palace Zanzibar 5* or in Mnarani Beach Cottages 4*.

Cheaper hotels offer breakfasts – to order or buffet style. In the morning the guests are served scrambled eggs, several kinds of side dishes, fried sausages, muesli, toast, peanut butter, coffee, tea, juice, nuts and fruit.

Alcohol is sold in two stores on the beach and in all hotel bars. Swimming pools are in all 4-5* hotels and a few 3* hotels. The hotels have small stores selling drinks, snacks, coconuts and fruit. Mangoes cost 1k TZS and pineapples are 3-5k TZS apiece.

Lemur-like bushbabies live on the palm trees near the hotels. Enterprising animals like to take treats from guests, and holidaymakers leave them fruit. Behind the lighthouse is the local zoo, where you can see crocodile, roe deer, and lemurs.

The best Nungwi hotels in Zanzibar in 2022, according to tourist reviews:

Julia : “Langi Langi Beach Bungalows hotel is cozy. The room with a view of the sea is amazing. The sound of the ocean made us fall in love even more every time. We ate at the restaurant at the hotel. The guys cook delicious, serve beautifully.”

Photo: Hotel Amaan Nungwi Beach Nungwi. Photo: jorge.cancela /

Nungwi Beach Infrastructure

The island resort appeared on the site of a fishing village. The locals are still engaged in the ancestral trade today. On the shore you can see up to a hundred sailing fishing boats. There is a shipyard to repair them, a working lighthouse and a fish market where they sell fresh catch.

All beaches in Tanzania are free. You can walk along the coast and sunbathe on their towels and mats everywhere. The sandy strip stretches for more than 2 km. According to reviews from tourists, the beach Nungwi until 12:00-13:00 is comfortable to rest in the shade of the coastal rocks. It costs 10k TZS to rent two sun loungers and an umbrella.

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The tides are only noticeable in the north of the beach, near the fishing dockyard and lighthouse. The southern part of Nungwi is calmer, so it is suitable for holidays with children.

Rest areas with sun loungers and umbrellas belong to the hotels. These areas have toilets and showers with fresh water. Along the beach there are several restaurants that prepare delicious seafood dishes. According to reviews of tourists, good service and tasty cuisine in Baraka restaurant and Jerry bar.

According to tourist reviews for 2021, prices at Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar are lower than the island average. Lunch and dinner are cheaper at beach restaurants than at hotels. A hot dish costs 10-17k TZS, a plate of seafood with side dishes from 20k TZS, and a 0.5L beer 4-5k TZS. 500m from the beach they sell cheap fast food for locals. Try the fried meat with egg and onion in dough for 3k TZS – it tastes like belyash.

Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar is full of activities. There is a jet ski rental shop, a bapsurfing equipment rental and a diving center. The boats take tourists on fishing for tuna, barracuda, sea bass and dorado. Catamaran rides on the ocean are popular. Renting a boat for 1.5 hours with a captain costs 69k TZS ($30). In the evening it’s time for discos and parties with cocktails and loud music.

The nearby Kendwa beach is easily accessible on foot or by local dala-dala shuttle buses. Other parts of the island are conveniently reached by water cab – boats of local fishermen.

Nungwa Beach Activities

Sunset at Nungwi beach. Photo: Omar.Bariffi /

A video about Zanzibar and Nungwi Beach

Watch this informative and nicely edited video about vacationing in Zanzibar now that there is a pandemic. It’s gained rabid popularity on YouTube – over two million views in one month! You’ll learn about getting a visa at the airport, take a walk around the island, check out Nungwi Beach, and learn about prices on the island:

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