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Zanzibar is an archipelago off the coast of Tanzania, consisting of Zanzibar Island (locally, Unguja), Pemba Island, and several smaller islands. Zanzibar island is 60 miles long by 20 miles wide.
Be aware that the "porters" in Dar will hassle you for money and expect tips for referring you to "the best boat." If you don't want their help, be forceful. The dock is a zoo -- a prime hangout for pickpockets.
There are many ferries and catamarans that can take you between Dar es Salaam and the Island. Azam Marine is among the nicest available. It runs several times each weekday and costs between $35 and $40. The trip is beautiful and lasts about an hour. You might be able to find a cheaper ride, but remember: you get what you pay for.
The airport will charge you a departure fee of TS 5,000 (or $5) plus a safety fee of TS 1,000. If you decide to take a taxi to your hotel, you can negotiate with the taxi drivers instead of paying the inflated prices that your hotel may quote you for an airport transfer.
Although taxis are available, you will probably want to walk through Stone Town. After all, most of the alleys are barely wide enough for a bike to pass.
Journeying outside Stone Town will require a taxi or a private car.
Many hotels are happy to arrange a taxi for a transfer to the harbor, airport, spice tour or to another hotel. Beware, however, as they get commissions from taxis and so the prices tend to be higher. Case in point: Our hotel said an airport transfer would be $10. Instead, out on the streets of StoneTown, there are so many taxi drivers needing business, that we negotiated the first one we found down to $6.
There are a lot of things to do on Zanzibar Island. It just depends on where your interests lie.
In the tourist areas around the waterfront, Kenyatta Road and Shangani Road, you will be beset by all manner of papasi, touts and others wanting to offer you taxis, spice tours, music, gifts, etc. A polite but firm 'No Thanks' usually does the trick, but it can get exhausting. Best thing to do here is wander into the more residential alleys where you won't be disturbed.
Stone Town is a one-stop-souvenir-shopping for the traveler. You can find beautiful textiles, handmade jewelry, intricate wood or stone carvings, spices, knick-knacks, and the list goes on and on . . .
Kidude, near Emerson & Green, serves traditional Zanzibari cuisine at moderate prices.
Forodhani Market is a nightly affair by the water. There you can purchase 'Zanzibari pizza' or get all sorts of grilled seafood and meat for less than $1 per serving. Some consider the market to be overrated -- the food quality can be mixed and there will be papasi or touts that may hassle you. Still the twilight atmosphere makes for a nice setting to have a cheap meal.
Amore Mio, on Shangani Street, serves good Italian gelati, pizzas and pasta (~ $10 - 15 per person).
Although it is primarily a Muslim community, small bars are everywhere.
Blue's Restaurant makes excellent frozen drinks; they really hit the spot after a day getting lost among the maze-like alleys..
There are an unbelievable number of hotels on the island. In Stone Town, you might like:
On the East Beaches, you might like:
Zanzibar is largely a Muslim community. Although they are used to Western ways, you should try to be respectful. This means: