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Zanzibar in March

Where:  Zanzibar is an archipelago of islands a short distance off the Tanzania coast in the Indian Ocean

Why: Some of the nicest beaches in East Africa, as well as some of the best dive spots, can be found on Zanzibar and its adjacent islands.

When: In March the visibility in the tropical water is at its clearest – making it the best time to snorkel and scuba dive in Zanzibar.

The scenic archipelago of Zanzibar, located off the coast of Tanzania, attracts many travelers to its beautiful seas and warm communities. Zanzibar is sometimes known as the Spice Islands because of its turmeric, clove, cardamom, lemongrass, and nutmeg farms and they have a rich cultural heritage. The Zanzibar Islands incorporate African and Arabic elements into both their culture and architecture.

Some of the nicest beaches in East Africa, as well as some of the best dive spots, can be found in Zanzibar. It’s a veritable playground of marine adventures, from dolphin and whale watching to snorkeling on beautiful coral reefs and kayaking amid mangroves that are home to dugongs.

The month of March is the least windy on the islands. With exceptional visibility, it’s an ideal time for diving and snorkeling. Zanzibar’s coral reefs are among the world’s most diverse, containing over 500 kinds of marine life. It is a diving destination with something for everyone: snorkelers, macro photographers, and deep divers, with over 30 dive sites including reef, wall, and wreck diving.

The major rainy season in Zanzibar begins in March, however, the first severe downpours generally don’t come until the middle or end of the month. Before the rain, the weather is hot and humid, with daily highs exceeding 95°F. Early March is peak beach season for the islands, although the weather in March is unpredictable. Rain may arrive early or late, and even if it does, there will be clear days in between. It’s also a quieter time of year to visit, so there are some fantastic prices to be had. Storms can be severe in the afternoon, but most mornings are clear, and you’re more likely to discover a slice of paradise to yourself.

Aside from the attractions of the sea, Zanzibar is also known for its wonderful seafood and exotic fruits. The port city of Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend time shopping, visiting historic spice farms, and learning more about the history, culture, and architecture while wandering the charming cobbled alleys. Keep an eye out for hefty carved doors adorned with brass studs, which legend says were a defense against elephants that previously lived here.

Travelers on a city tour of Zanzibar - photo courtesy of Serena Inn in Tanzania
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