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Pongwe and Chwaka
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Pongwe and Chwaka


... is a section of the north-east coast of Zanzibar Island off the coast of Tanzania.

Unlike the areas immediately to the north, which are dominated by a single 20km stretch of white-sand beach, this area is comprised of a series of smaller bays separated by sections of coral-rag cliffs. Some of these bays are quite large and contain considerable fishing villages, whilst others are much smaller and are exclusively used by a single lodge. The whole coast is lined by a stunning broad coral lagoon.

Tourist development is not very heavy in this particular area, although there are several resorts, they tend to be relatively small and more sympathetic in character than the huge developments elsewhere on the island.

In terms of activities, there is excellent sailing and reef-walking in the area, plus possibilities for kite-surfing, but diving and snorkelling are not as strong as in the Matemwe to the north. This is by far the most convenient East Coast location for day-trips to Stonetown and Jozani Forest, both of which are within relatively easy reach. There is virtually no night-life here.

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