Matemwe, and neighbouring Kigomani, are the northern-most villages on Zanzibar’s east coast. A quiet fishing community under gently swaying palms, Matemwe village lies half concealed behind a modest line of beachfront resorts, which range from simple cottages to plush private villas. An excellent beach spills into a narrow, sheltered lagoon where dhows and outriggers rest on the tide. This is a corner of the island where the slow pace settles in – ideal for those wishing to escape the crowds.
Peace and quiet: Matemwe is one of Zanzibar Island’s most relaxed destinations – classic palm-fringed beaches, white sand and an emerald sea. The beaches along this stretch are some of the best and quietest on the east coast and the fishing, snorkelling and diving is superb.
Be aware that Matemwe is a working village – fishing and seaweed harvesting are the main industries here and villagers expect to get on with their daily life without camera-toting tourists clicking away. Although remotely situated, Matemwe is easy to reach. Private transfers take little more than an hour from Zanzibar Town.