Nungwi was our second stop on our Zanzibar trip. We spent our days mostly swimming, sun bathing by the pool, sipping some local beer and eating delicious local food. Usually, when we travel, we are all in for exploring the new place but, this was different with Nungwi. We were in a relaxing mode, staying put and enjoying the beach life. There were many places which arrange day trips to surrounding islands and water sports activities on request. But since we decided to relax, we weren’t swayed to try most activities, except Jet Skiing, which was a new water sport for us both. We also visited the turtle aquarium where there were about 30 green sea turtles swimming around. You can also swim and feed the turtle seaweeds.
Nungwi beach has quite several vendors and not that many people. Sometimes the beach boys also can be destructive, as they take any opportunity to sell their products. However, the white sandy beaches are immense and the clear blue water of the ocean. In Nungwi, its easy to find a secluded spot to sun bask. This was the clearest, bluest water we had ever seen. The water was amazing, clear enough for us to see many fish swimming around. There are more than enough beach restaurants around Nungwi. Finding fresh seafood is never an issue.
During the high tide, it is difficult to stand in the water because, of strong waves and strong winds. But during the day, the waves will be relaxed. It is the perfect time to take a walk on the fine white sand, gazing the blue waters.
Our ultimate experience was when we visited ESSQUE ZALU HOTEL. Up to now all I can say is WOW!!! The resort was extremely beautiful, with a stunning view over the lagoon and enormous jetty stretching into the sea. We automatically knew, we had to spend some time there. At every turn, there is something nice to marvel at. It had a huge infinity swimming pool overlooking the beach and jetty with a long dock. We had my candle light birthday dinner, at Essque Zalu Hotel under the stars, with sound of the ocean. It was a very romantic dinner, which ended with the most heartfelt engagement. While I was walking on the bridge, admiring the view, the sound of the ocean, the resort, when I turned, I saw my fiancé on one knee asking me for a hand in marriage…Its was a very beautiful moment. One I could never forget. All I can is that, I will never forget my Zanzibar Holiday, the Nungwi Sunset and Sunrise…Take me back
Location: Approximately 50km from Stone Town
Taxi Fees: USD$45-60 its easier to have your hotel/lodge assist you with bookings
Dala Dala: 2000 Shillings/ $1USD depends on the rate of the day but Frequent Stops
Jet Skiing: Depends on the time you want to rent it out
Turtle Aquarium: USD $10