The underwater world is known for its diversity of coral and colourful fish, as well as its turtles, and the seasonal passing-by of whale sharks, southern right whales and humpback whales.
On land, you will meet the endemic Red Colobus monkey, or the giant tortoises of Changu Island. Zanzibar is also known for its spice plantations, as nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, or the most exported one, clove. Visiting a spice plantation is not just a must, it is interesting and diverting, even for children.
Set off the coast of Tanzania (the name actually comes from the fusion between Tanganyika and Zanzibar), in East Africa, it is actually an archipelago made of two main islands, Unguja and Pemba, and many little other ones surrounding them. But when one talks about Zanzibar, one generally means Unguja, the main island.
It is also an island with a rich cultural past, visited by many explorers, base for Livingstone's expeditions, centre of the East African slave trade, and its main town, Stonetown, former capital of the Sultanate of Oman, has been declared Cultural World Heritage by the UNESCO.
And here are the famous dhows (and ngalawas), without which Zanzibar wouldn't be the same. They are part of the scenery! The Swahili tradition is very strong, with its African, Arabian and Indian influences, and is part of the charm of this island. It is all yours now, to discover!