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Pingwe, Dongwe & The Michamvi Peninsula

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Pingwe, Dongwe & The Michamvi Peninsula

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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.

Fishing boat on a tropical beach in Zanzibar.
Fishing boat on a tropical beach in Zanzibar.

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.

Aerial view of tropical island, Zanzibar.
Aerial view of tropical island, 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.

Boat sailing in sunset, Zanzibar
Boat sailing in sunset, Zanzibar

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.

Tropical beach in Zanzibar.
Tropical beach in Zanzibar.

The Rock: The Rock Restaurant deserves special mention for its unique setting.

The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar.
The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar.

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

From December to March, the north-eastern Kaskazi monsoon blows, washing seaweed onto the eastern beaches and, in some places, eroding the sand.

Zanzibar beach,
Zanzibar beach,

This is especially true on the northeast of Michamvi Peninsula, which bears the brunt of the northeaster at this time of year.

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