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  06 August 2020       Salma Amin       5 min read

East Africa is home to endless stretches of coastal beaches and hundreds of islands, all of which provide picturesque views of the Indian Ocean. You can go scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking or just enjoy your time chilling by the beach!

You’ll find accommodation in all ranges from luxurious resorts to budget rooms!

Here are the most amazing places for your beach vacation in East Africa:

Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar is a beautiful island located off the coast of Tanzania. The island offers many watersports activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, kitesurfing, paddle-boarding, fishing, kayaking, and many others. It’s surrounded by some of the most abundant coral reefs and diverse marine species. There are many other activities for you indulge here like exploring Stone Town, visiting a spice farm, and enjoying local food. Don’t forget to dine at the Rock Restaurant!

Here are some of the best beaches in Zanzibar:

  • Nungwi beach
  • Stone Town Beach
  • Paje Beach

While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the Top-Rated Swimming Beaches in Zanzibar!

Beach Hotel Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Image Source: EliteToursZanzibar.Com

Mafia Island

Mafia island is a splendid island surrounded by abundant coral reefs and whale sharks that make for a great scuba diving and snorkeling destination. 

The white sand, beautiful palm trees, and warm waters make for a wonderful beach destination. Here are some of the best things to do on Mafia Island:

  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling (with whale sharks)
  • Birdwatching
  • Seeing turtles hatch

Menmba Island

Staying at this beautiful private island may cost you a fortune, but it’s definitely worth every penny! 
With only 12 bandas that can accommodate 24 guests, it makes for a great honeymoon destination that provides luxury and privacy. 
The island is surrounded by great snorkeling and scuba diving hotspots!

Mnemba Island

Mnemba Island, Image Source: AstazTours.Com

Pemba Island

Pemba is a secluded, stunning island with excellent corals and beautiful views. Chill at the white sand beach and enjoy peaceful time away from the crowds of the cities! You can also go swimming and fishing.
Moreover, Pemba is known for producing about 70% of the world’s cloves! 

Watamu Beach

Watamu Beach is a picturesque beach in Kenya with luxurious resorts and wonderful cafes. Check out the Turtle Bay Resort, explore Gede Ruins, and visit the Bio Ken Snake Park. You can also chill at the beach and enjoy quality time with your family!

Watamu Beach

Watamu Beach, Image Source: Flickr.Com

Lamu Island

Lamu Island is a peaceful island with immense historical significance. It’s a pristine island where you can indulge in a lot of activities like:

  • Explore Lamu Town
  • Go on a sunset dhow cruise
  • Mingle with the locals at Shela Village
  • Chill at the beach while enjoying scenic views!

Diani Beach

Diani Beach is a pristine beach located toward the southern Kenyan coast. If you’re looking for white sand, clear warm water and adequate greenery, Diani is the beach for you!
It stretches for about 17 km and is popular with honeymooners. Diani Beach also offers a lot of activities like:

  • Kitesurfing
  • Skydiving
  • Diving with the dolphins

The beach is also home to many luxurious resorts and budget lodges that will make your time at the beach all the more worthwhile.

Diani Beach

Diani Beach, Image Source: TheSandSatchaleIsland.Com

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to these beautiful beach destinations in East Africa and have the time of your life!



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