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A flat, palm-clad coral atoll, the spice island of Zanzibar has shallow coral reefs and sloping banks with over 350 species of Indo-Pacific marine fauna.

Whale sharks migrate through Zanzibar’s waters from Augsut to September and February to March, whilst August also sees the migration of humpback and sperm whales.

Zanzibar’s rich cultural heritage is much in evidence; Stone Town remains largely unchanged and is characterised by a labyrinth of narrow streets, bazaars and the grand residences of Omani Arab traders. 

The island is a 20-minute flight from Dar es Salaam, and a number of international carriers fly directly to the island.

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  • Where: Coastal islands, Tanzania