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... is a village on the northern tip of Zanzibar Island.

Until around 1995 this place was an extremely scenic and sleepy fishing enclave, leading a timeless existence, apparently unchanged for centuries. The village was particularly famous for boat-building, most notably the lanteen-sailed dhows which are so ubiquitous along this coast. In fact boats are still built here, with small groups of locals slowly working away below the palms trees of the village beach, using traditional tools included handsaws and adzes.

Accommodation back then was limited to a couple of local guest-houses, which offered very simple rooms to domestic and international travellers alike.

Over the intervening years the place has changed out of all recognition. It has to be said that this area has suffered the ravages of unplanned and insensitive tourism more than anywhere else on the island.

However, it must be said that there is a very wide range of accommodation in the area, from relatively upmarket lodges to large mid-range resorts and low cost guest-houses.

In terms of activities, the area is within an hour by motorboat of the best diving and snorkelling on the island in the adjacent Matemwe area, plus some excellent kite-surfing, sailing and reef-walking. It is a little too distant for day-trips to Stonetown or the Jozani Forest. Perhaps the biggest single draw for the majority of the visitors is that this is one of very few areas which actually have a little bit of night-life.

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