Discover the Spice Islands with Azamara®

It may only be 26 miles off the coast of Tanzania, but the beautiful archipelago of Zanzibar feels like a world away. It’s an East African feast for the senses, with warm turquoise waters, powder white sands, vibrant coral reefs, and fields scented with cinnamon, cardamom, and clove.

The largest and most populated island of this semi-autonomous region is Unguja, commonly referred to as Zanzibar Island, or simply “Zanzibar”. It’s home to dozens of picture-perfect beaches—like the lively Kendwa and Nungwi, or the quieter Kizimkazi, where dolphins like to hang out—so you could easily spend the day beach-hopping, snorkeling, and sunning.

If you’re in the mood for UNESCO World Heritage Sites, head to Stone Town. Once the center of the spice trade in the 19th century, it’s a beguiling mix of Arab, European, Indian, and Persian influences—all of which can be experienced in its narrow streets and bustling shops.

Naturally, your stay in “the Spice Islands” should include a visit to one of the many local plantations, where you can smell and taste everything from vanilla to lemongrass, get a coconut straight from the tree, and purchase spices fresh from the farm. Explore FurtherSM and add more spice to your life on this Azamara cruise to Zanzibar.

Jozani Chwaka Bay National Forest

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A monkey in the Jozani Chwaka Bay National Forest on the island of Zanzibar

Jozani Chwaka Bay National Forest

The only national park in Zanzibar, this nature reserve is one of the world’s last remaining sanctuaries for the red colobus monkey. Thanks to Jozani’s efforts, there are now an estimated 2,000+ monkeys monkeying around, as well as more than 50 species of butterflies and 40 species of birds.

Darajani Bazaar

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Baskets of beans and spices at the Darajani Bazaar in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Darajani Bazaar

Head to one of Stone Town’s central markets for everything from fresh fish and local produce to souvenirs and a cacophony of sights and smells. Then meander through the nearby side streets for textiles, jewelry, clothing, and wood carvings. (No matter where you end up, be prepared to haggle.)

Prison Island

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A boat off the coast of Prison Island, Zanzibar

Prison Island

Just a 20-minute boat ride from Stone Town is Prison Island, which earned its name as a former 19th century prison (although never used) and then a quarantine station for Zanzibar. Nowadays, the main inhabitants are dozens of giant land tortoises, so there’s still no real worry of escapees.

Zanzibar, Tanzania At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 6°9'22.5"S 39°11'27.08"E
Size: 1,666.00 KM2 (0.39 MI2)
Population: 896,721
Density: 538 Pop/KM2 (208 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 255

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