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The Top 10 Best Beaches in Tanzania

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Author: Adelle Bell - 11 November 2023

Last Update: 30 January 2024

The beaches of Tanzania offer diverse holiday experiences, from water sports and cultural heritage to remote getaways and wildlife encounters. Known for their untouched beauty, soft white sands, and crystal-clear waters, they’re the perfect place to unwind after a dusty safari, or as a standalone adventure. Join us as we take a closer look at the top 10 best beaches in Tanzania.

1. Zanzibar Beaches

Nungwi Beach
View of tropical sandy Nungwi beach on Zanzibar, Tanzania

Situated on the northern tip of Zanzibar, Nungwi Beach’s fishing village atmosphere is contrasted with a vibrant nightlife. It’s a popular spot for water sports, dhow cruises, and snorkeling. While you’re there, the Nungwi Natural Aquarium is worth a visit too.

Paje Beach
Maasai warrior lounging around on a traditional colorful wooden boat on picture-perfect tropical beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Located on the east coast of Zanzibar, Paje Beach is a hotspot for kitesurfing and its coral reefs are popular with scuba divers. Long stretches of sandy beach are perfect for a relaxing stroll. Nearby Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park is the ideal place to spot some wildlife.

Kendwa Beach
Aerial view of Thatched Roof Umbrellas Pattern on Wide Coastal line of White Sand of Kendwa Beach in Kendwa village, Zanzibar.

Kendwa Beach is the perfect place if you’re looking for a vibrant nightlife scene. Famous for its full moon parties, stunning sunsets, and lively beachfront, it’s the perfect place to unwind with some tunes and even indulge in some water sports during the day.

2. Mafia Island Beaches

Aerial view over the coastline at Mafia Island located in the Indian Ocean in East Tanzania.
Chole Bay Beach

Known for its pristine beauty, coral reefs, and diverse marine life, Chole Bay Beach is an idyllic destination for snorkelers and scuba divers. The beach is the perfect spot to relax and take a dip in the crystal-clear, warm waters of the Indian ocean.

Ras Mbisi Beach

This remote and secluded beach on Mafia Island offers untouched surroundings, spectacular views, and thriving marine life. Explore mangrove forests, spot a range of bird species, or simply kick back and relax in this tranquil setting.

3. Pangani Beach

Situated in the lovely town of Pangani, this destination offers travelers a slice of culture with their seaside relaxation. This place has a rich history and boasts well-preserved colonial buildings. Explore the nearby Pangani River and the charming Pangani Old Town.

4. Bagamoyo Beach

Located just north of Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo Beach is renowned for its historical significance and cultural heritage. Beyond its tranquil setting, there are a number of sites to explore, such as Kaole Ruins and Bagamoyo Mission Museum.

5. Kilwa Kisiwani Beach

Situated on Kilwa Kisiwani Island, this destination offers an ideal mix of beach relaxation and historical experiences. Explore the famous Kilwa Ruins, featuring the Great Mosque and Husuni Kubwa, and wonder at the ancient architecture.

6. Tanga Beaches

Ushongo Beach

Known for its untouched coral reefs and vibrant marine life, Ushongo Beach is a water sports paradise. It’s the perfect destination for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving, and its stretches of sandy shoreline offer great places to take a long, relaxed walk.

Maweni Beach

This secluded and remote beach offers an unspoiled setting to get away from it all. Experience the natural beauty of the Tanzanian coast as you unwind to the sounds of the ocean, swim in the turquoise waters, and forget all about the grind of everyday life.

7. Saadani National Park Beach

beach on the indian ocean in east africa – national park saadani in tanzania

Saadani National Park is the only national park in Tanzania that opens onto a beach. It’s the ideal destination to combine a safari with a beach escape. Go on a game drive to spot wildlife like elephants and lions, then take a dip in the warm waters of the Indian ocean. Nearby Saadani Village offers excellent boat trips and fishing experiences.

8. Mtwara Beach

Located in the southern part of the country, Mtwara Beach combines spectacular coastal scenery with the chance to experience local Makonde culture. While you’re in the area, it’s worth exploring the natural beauty of the Ruvuma River.

9. Ras Kutani Beach

Situated near Dar es Salaam, Ras Kutani Beach is a hidden gem of a destination that provides a tranquil beach escape in lush surroundings. The beach is also known for its water sports and idyllic birdwatching opportunities.

10. Mnemba Island Beach

This private island paradise near Zanzibar offers exclusive beach experiences and world-class snorkeling and scuba diving. The island’s coral reefs are teeming with marine life, making this a superb destination for underwater photography.

Tanzania’s beaches have something for everyone, whether you’re into watersports, nightlife, idyllic and secluded island getaways, or a refreshing break after a long and hot safari. Speak to a safari expert at Discover Africa today to start planning your tailor-made bush or beach experience.

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