Zanzibar Archipelago / Islands

Zanzibar is an island partner within the United Republic of Tanzania, located in the Indian Ocean about 38 km off the coast of mainland Tanzania at six degrees south of the Equator. Zanzibar is made up of many islands, the main two being Unguja (sometimes called Zanzibar) and Pemba. The highest point is 390 feet above sea level.

For centuries the Arabs sailed with the monsoon winds from Oman to trade primarily in ivory, slaves and spices. The two main islands, Unguja (normally known as Zanzibar Island) and Pemba, provided an ideal base for the Oman Arabs, being relatively small, and therefore fairly easy to defend.

Indeed, in 1832, Sultan Seyyid Said, of the Busaid dynasty that had emerged in Oman, moved his Sultanate from Muscat to Zanzibar, perhaps making it easier to protect, where he and his descendants ruled for over 130 years. Most of the wealth lay in the hands of the Arab community, who were the main landowners at that time.

The population of Zanzibar is predominantly Muslim with a rich Swahili culture. Because of religious and cultural traditions dress code is important, and men and women should dress appropriately when away from the beach, ie covering shoulders and legs too below the knees. Beachwear on the beach is fine, although nude or topless bathing is not tolerated. When in villages or in Stone Town wearing beach wear would (and does) cause offense. Try to wear loose-fitting, non-transparent clothing when in public. Zanzibar people are generally very warm, open and hospitable, and your respect for permission before taking photographs or filming local people is appreciated. Do not take photos or film at sensitive government sites including the State House, seaport, airport or military sites. If uncertain, it is always better to ask. Public consumption of alcohol is not permissible, except in hotels and tourist areas, bars and some restaurants, where it is no problem. Public displays of affection such as kissing are not customary and generally considered offensive, unless behind closed doors. Local customs should respected. Mosques are sacred places an there is generally no entry to non-Muslims, unless accompanied by a person of the faith who can show you around except during the times for congregational prayer, which are five times daily. When offering or accepting things, try and remember to offer and receive with your right hand. This is the hand which should also be used for eating.

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Excursions L’ Oasis Beach Hotel – Zanzibar
Stone Town-STB Z01 -Full day (9 am – 5 pm) .
Itinerary Reference: STB Z01

Stone town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar. It is a place of bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses.Enjoy the special carved wooden door;there are more than 500 different examples of this handwork. You can spend many hours just walking through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets.

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Spice tour STB Z02 -This is a half day excursion (9am – 2 pm).
Itinerary Reference: STB Z02

The Spice tour will bring you to the centre of Zanzibar to visit the spice farm. It’s an experience to see, smell and tastes all variation of spices and tropical fruits that Zanzibar has to offer.

This is a half day excursion (9am – 2 pm).

Please bring drinking water, sun cream, hat and walking shoes.

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Combo Stone Town & Spice tour STBZ03 -This is a fully day excursion.
Itinerary Reference: STB Z03

It’s also possible to organise a combination of Stone Town and spice tour.

This is a full day excursion.

Please bring drinking water, sun cream, hat and walking shoes.

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Dolphin tour STBZ04 -This is a half day excursion (7 am – 10 am).
Itinerary Reference: STB Z04

Always dreamed of swimming with dolphins or at least to meet and observe them from up close in their natural habitat? The southern point of Zanzibar island is home to several schools of bottled-nosed dolphin. Which are seeing after a short boat trip.With your snorkelling gear it’s very special to swim close with them. After you have seen the dolphins the guide will take you to a nice snorkelling spot where you can enjoy the coral and fish. Please note that we can never guarantee the presence of the dolphins, but there is a high success rate you will see them.

This is a half day excursion (7 am – 10 am).
Please bring drinking water, sun cream, hat and water shoes.

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Snorkelling excursion STBZ05 -This is a 3 hours excursion.
Itinerary Reference: STB Z05

Bathed by the warm currents of the equator Zanzibar’s many coral reefs offer a great snorkelling experience within a short boat ride from the beach. Enjoy the more than 350 different fish spices and most of the reefs are covered in beautiful hard and soft coral

This is a 3 hours excursion (time is depending on tide).

Please bring drinking water, sun cream, hat and water shoes.

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Jozani Forest STBZ06 -This is a half day excursion (9 am – 12 pm).
Itinerary Reference: STB Z06

This cool and shady patch of green is the largest area of mature forest left on Zanzibar. The Zanzibar or Kirk’s red colobus monkey is only living in Jozani forest. Maybe you can see other animals like monkeys, duikers, butterflies and birds.

This is a half day excursion (9 am – 12 am).
Please bring drinking water, sun cream, hat and walking shoes.

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Round Unguja Island tour STBZ07 -This is a fully day excursion (9 am – 6 pm).
Itinerary Reference: STB Z07

If you want to go around the island to enjoy Stone Town or go for a swim at the white beaches in the north or east this is your choose.Suggestions go to see the turtles in Nungwi.

This is a full day excursion (9 am – 6 pm).

Please bring drinking water, sun cream, hat and water shoes.

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Sand & Sail excursion STBZ08 -This is a fully day excursion (9 am – 5 pm).
Itinerary Reference: STB Z08

Take a boat ride to search for dolphins. Go for a delicious seafood lunch at a sandbank and enjoy the coral and fish during the snorkelling. If you like to learn fishing let the captain explain to you and grill your catch of the day.

Please bring drinking water, sun cream, hat and water shoes.

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Fishing excursion STBZ09 -This is a half day excursion (6 am – 12 pm).
Itinerary Reference: STB Z09

Zanzibar is home to some of the best deep sea fishing opportunities in East Africa. The deep sea fishing boats are having all fishing equipment you need and ready to take you out for a fishing experience you will never forget!

This is a half day excursion (6 am – 12 pm).
Please bring drinking water, sun cream, hat and water shoes.

Diving STBZ10.
Itinerary Reference: STB Z10

Bathed by the warm currents of the equator Zanzibar’s many coral reefs offer a great scuba diving experience within a short boat ride from the beach. Enjoy the more than 350 different fish spices and most of the reefs are covered in beautiful hard and soft coral.

Please bring sun cream, hat and water shoes.

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