Of the many exotic Indian Ocean islands to choose from, Zanzibar stands near the top of the list as one of the best options for a tropical holiday adventure that won’t break the bank. The island's eastern beaches, like Matemwe, Pwani Mchangani, and Kiwengwa, are pristinely white, with turquoise waters and few tourists and beachcombers.
The island’s historic centre, Stone Town, is packed with riveting historic sites leftover from the Arab slave trade and the days of British colonial rule. Take your time exploring places like the handsome Forodhani Gardens, The Old Customs House and the former slave market. Or absorb some local history at the Peace Memorial Museum, the Living House, or go celebrity hunting on the wildly popular Freddie Mercury Tour.
Water sports are major here, and tours of Menai Bay and other island inlets and coves are well worth your time and money. For memorable sunset meals, be sure to book a table at Tradewinds Restaurant and don’t leave Stone Town before visiting Darajani Bazaar to witness local fishmongers and peddlers wailing the price of their wares.
Note that the Zanzibar’s rainy season is March, April and May, so if you’re a sun worshiper plan your visit during the dry and hot months of January and February.