Nungwi Beach | Private Safaris East Africa

Explore Nungwi Beach


This large village at Zanzibar Island’s northernmost tip was once best known as a dhow-building centre.


Today it’s a major tourist destination, thanks in part to the beautiful beach and stunning sunsets. The result: a place where traditional and modern knock against each other with full force.


Fishing boats still launch from the beach – a scene unchanged for centuries – but they’re overlooked by a long line of hotels. Nungwi beach is definitely a highlight.

Nungwi Mnarani Aquarium

The Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond is a community based NGO established in 1993 as an effort to conserve the population of sea turtles native to Zanzibar island. The Stone Town based Eco & Culture Tours NGO was the initiator of this project, and empowered the local villagers to take this conservation initiative into their own hands. Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) have traditionally been hunted around Zanzibar for their attractive shells, and Green turtles (Chelonia mydas) for their meat.

Nungwi Village

Nungwi is a small village that you can walk around and locals are used to seeing many tourist everyday. Buy some fruit, painting and souvenir from the local shops in the village main road. Please be advised that when going to the village you should keep your shoulders and knees covered to respect the local culture.

Nungwi Fish Market

The local fishermen leave for their night of fishing out around 4pm everyday, dotting the horizon with tens of dhows and their white-sails. Its just a gorgeous moment that you’ll want to make sure you have your camera for.

The next morning at around 6.30 to 7am, the fisherman are back with their catch of all shapes and sizes. See fish and sea creatures you have never seen before on the market ready for sale. Watch as the locals bid for the best catch, or if you feel like cooking, try to snag a tuna or snapper for grilling

Dhow Boat Building

Dhow Boats Building– Next to the fish market you can see the local craftsmen building the dhows boats. Watch the techniques that have been used for decades and centuries