Matemwe and Kigomani are the two northernmost villages on Zanzibar’s east coast. Matemwe hamlet, a peaceful fishing community hidden behind a modest line of beachside resorts ranging from humble cottages to opulent private villas, is half-hidden behind a modest line of beachfront resorts.

White Sand beaches

A spectacular beach spills into a narrow, secluded lagoon where dhows and outriggers float on the tide.

Matemwe is a part of the island where the pace slows down, making it ideal for anyone looking to get away from the crowds.


Matemwe is one of Zanzibar Island’s most tranquil places, with palm-fringed beaches, white sand, and emerald water.

View from Terrace

The beaches along Matemwe are among the best and most peaceful on the east coast, and the fishing, snorkelling, and diving are excellent.

Travel tips

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.

Snorkeling around the Zanzibar islands

Although remotely situated, Matemwe is easy to reach. Private transfers take little more than an hour from Zanzibar Town.

Best things to do in Matemwe

  • Scuba and Snorkeling
  • Private sightseeing tours
  • Shore excursions
  • Food, Wine & Nightlife
  • Cultural Tours
  • Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

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