Zanzibar (part of Tanzania) is a hidden gem of an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, filled with gorgeous natural beauty. Watersport enthusiasts will especially revel in the crystal turquoise waters, which are perfect for fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Wildlife enthusiasts are certain to be impressed by the intriguing animals you can see in its many national parks and conservation areas. Or, you can simply find a nice spot on the beach to kick back and relax while surrounded by such natural loveliness! Plus, you can enjoy a diverse culinary scene, featuring many dishes based with coconut, seafood, and spices.
A great time to visit Zanzibar is between June and October, when the weather is cool and dry. If you’re looking to enjoy hotter weather, consider visiting between December and February.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Zanzibar, along with a brief description:
♦ Old Fort of Zanzibar
The Old Fort of Zanzibar is the most interesting place to learn about the history of Zanzibar. When visiting this former fort, you can step back in time and gain a deeper understanding of what life was like on the island during colonial times. Today, there are a few restaurants and souvenir shops that currently occupy the building, which means you can enjoy history, dining, and shopping all in one experience! Whether you decide to walk around with a guide, or explore the building on your own, you are certain to love this incredible attraction, located right in Zanzibar’s Stone Town!
♦ Spice Community Shop
As Zanzibar is famous for spice farming, it’s no surprise that the Spice Community Shop is a smash hit among travelers. This historical market is filled with everything from fish and vegetables to produce, homemade dishes, and more! It’s a great opportunity to mingle with locals and try out your haggling skills as you shop for good deals. As you wander through the stalls, you can take in all the sights, sounds, and smells, embodying all of your senses in this wonderful cultural attraction. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in local life.
♦ Zanzibar Butterfly Centre
A great place to learn about butterflies is none other than the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre. This relaxing attraction features some great exhibits, and even extends you the opportunity to hold a butterfly immediately following hatching. Being able to see all the indigenous butterflies is truly a sight to behold. During your visit, you can view larvae, watch demonstrations, and learn all that you can from the local guides. Plus, it’s located right near Jozani National Forest, which is another attraction worth checking out!
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