Zanzibar Island Hopping 8 Days

Day by Day Itinerary

Set sail on an 8-day island-hopping adventure in Zanzibar, a paradise archipelago off the coast of Tanzania. This journey invites you to discover the diverse landscapes and rich marine life of Zanzibar’s islands. From the pristine beaches of Paje to the vibrant underwater world of Mnemba Atoll and the eco-haven of Chumbe Island, each day unfolds new wonders. Cap off your days with a serene sunset sail to the historic Prison Island, making this the perfect itinerary for beach lovers and marine enthusiasts alike.


Discover the rich cultural fusion of African, Arabian and Indian influences as you explore atmospheric Stone Town, hunt for treasures in colorful bazaars, and watch golden sunsets over the harbor.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Paje Beach

Arrive in Zanzibar and head to Paje, a serene beach town on the island’s east coast. Check into a beach resort like Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa or Paje by Night for a comfortable stay. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on the powdery white sands, soaking in the sun, and swimming in the azure waters.

Day 2: Paje Beach Leisure

Dedicate your day to the leisurely exploration of Paje. Indulge in various water sports like kite surfing, or simply unwind on the beach. In the evening, enjoy a beachside dinner, savoring fresh seafood and local flavors.

Day 3: Snorkeling in Mnemba Atoll

Embark on a snorkeling trip to Mnemba Atoll, a renowned marine reserve. Discover a vibrant underwater world teeming with colorful coral, tropical fish, and maybe even sea turtles. Return to Paje for another tranquil evening.

Day 4: Chumbe Island Coral Park

Visit Chumbe Island, an ecological oasis and a protected coral park. Explore its unique coral reefs through guided snorkeling and learn about marine conservation efforts on the island. Stay overnight in eco-friendly accommodations like Chumbe Island Coral Park Eco-bungalows, blending sustainability with comfort.

Day 5: Chumbe Island Exploration

Spend another day on Chumbe Island, engaging in environmental education activities or relaxing on its pristine beaches. Explore the island’s nature trails, spotting various endemic species and enjoying panoramic views.

Day 6: Sunset Sailing to Prison Island

Depart Chumbe and sail towards Prison Island, also known as Changuu. Experience a stunning sunset on the boat, arriving at the island in the golden hour. Learn about the island’s history as a former prison and quarantine station, and visit its famous giant tortoise sanctuary.

Day 7: Leisure Day in Stone Town

Return to Zanzibar’s main island and check into a hotel in Stone Town, such as the Park Hyatt Zanzibar or Zanzibar Serena Hotel. Spend the day exploring this historic city, a melting pot of cultures and architectures, with options to shop in local bazaars and visit historic sites.

Day 8: Departure

Conclude your island-hopping adventure with a leisurely morning before transferring to the airport. Depart with a collection of memories from the diverse landscapes and rich marine life of Zanzibar.

Packing and Preparation Tips
  • Swimwear and beach attire for island excursions.
  • Snorkeling gear (available for rent as well).
  • Lightweight, comfortable clothing for exploring.
  • Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
  • Camera for capturing the scenic beauty and marine life.
Customization and Safety

This itinerary can be customized to include more days at a specific island or additional activities like diving or cultural tours. Emphasis is placed on safety, responsible travel, and supporting local conservation efforts.

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