The Michamvi Peninsula, just north of Chwaka Bay, is a narrow, thumb-like headland that boasts some of Zanzibar Island’s most exclusive hotels and resorts.
The north-western tip has the added advantage of being the only true sundowner spot along the east coast (with a kilometer and a half of pristine west-facing beachfront and magnificent views across Chwaka Bay), making it a perfect beach holiday destination in Zanzibar.
Most of the peninsula’s luxury resorts face east, however, scattered along the beach between Dongwe and Pingwe Village. Some of these are Zanzibar’s most refined and stylish, complete with private dive centers, private plunge pools, and spas.
Highlights of Pingwe, Dongwe & the Michamvi Peninsula
East-coast sunsets: The western corner of the Michamvi Peninsula enjoys breathtaking ocean sunsets, a rare and special sight on the east coast of Africa.
A handful of laid-back bars and restaurants take full advantage of the views, and it’s a lovely way to spend an evening, even if you’re not staying on the western side.
The Rock: The Rock Restaurant deserves special mention for its unique setting.
Perched on a tiny coral outcrop about 30 meters off Pingwe beach, this simple, thatched cottage serves a lunchtime menu of fresh seafood daily, and depending on the tide, you’ll have to catch a boat there or back (or swim!).
Travel Tips for Pingwe, Dongwe & The Michamvi
This is especially true on the northeast of Michamvi Peninsula, which bears the brunt of the northeaster at this time of year.