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is a beautiful tropical landmass covering 1666 square kilometres and lying around 35km off the Indian Ocean coastline
, just north of the capital and main port of entry Dar es Salaam
Zanzibar is a wonderful, romantic, historic and stunningly beautiful tropical island. It combines fantastically with safari and trekking options on the mainland and offers a very wide range of accommodation. There is a vast range of things to do, notably some sensational diving, snorkelling and kite-surfing, as well as some superb historic and cultural activities.
The main potential downsides are that Zanzibar has become a very popular and relatively busy destination, which unfortunately now attracts a mass market packaged holiday crowd, meaning that some parts of the reason now need to be avoided. The island remains quite a challenging place to visit, there is a considerable problem with litter. Some people also cite the tidal nature of most of the beaches as being an issue.UpsidesDownsidesBeachesDivingSeasonsAreasTrips