Although many visitors to Tanzania are attracted to the renowned Zanzibar Archipelago, the mainland coast has a number of beautiful lodges and an untouched, wild feel. The beaches here tend to be much more private than those in Zanzibar and the accommodations offer seriously good value compared with those on the islands.
Pemba is a beautifully quiet island that lies about 25 minutes flight North of Zanzibar. With a fraction of the visitors that visit Zanzibar visiting Pemba, the island has very few hotels yet retains a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. The ocean here provides for some of Tanzania's best dive sites and subsequently Pemba is a Mecca for serious divers and for people wanting to escape the hussle and bustle of Zanzibar.
With miles of palm-fringed shores, powder soft coral sands and gin-clear seas, Zanzibar lives up to the Indian Ocean island idyll. The atmosphere is compounded by a colourful Swahili culture where traditional wooden dhows sail beneath billowing lanteen sails on each far horizon. A great location for exploring, diving and snorkelling and with a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets