Zanzibar in The New Year: What to See and Enjoy

The New Year on Zanzibar Island is cherished with the full moon party on the beach, and festivities at Stone Town’s seafront area. Enjoying the beautiful white sandy beaches at Nungwi, and Kendwa Beach on funfilled nights on the shoreline is quite spectacular and great way to turn up into the new year. Discovering the enchanting warmth of Stone Town where you can enjoy the charming celebratory vibes from Forodhani Gardens to the labyrinth narrow streets leading to the captivating Zanzibari eateries to Darajani Market is quite enticing for memorable days. 

Sundowner cocktails & Delicious Dinner at the Rooftop Teahouse Restaurant
The culinary journey on Zanzibar is extensive yet exciting for all taste preferences; the perfect combination of land and sea ingredients from across the Island’s destinations are prepared wonderfully. “Dining with the Stars” is a common theme at the Rooftop Teahouse Restaurant in Stone Town and at the Diamonds La Gemma Dell’Est on the north east coast. Brunch or lunch meals can be enjoyed at The Rock Restaurant – renowned for its extraordinary location, and also its fabulous food inspired by the surrounding natural resources with a twist of Zanzibar, and Italian culinary. 

Spice Things Up on a Lively Spice Discovery Tour
Visitors coming to Zanzibar should simply go on a Spice Tour, admittedly it’s well-trodden away from the Stone Town in the enchanting area of Bububu where in addition to farming exotic spices, dhow making also takes place. Our guides are always ready to take travellers on the spice farm tour for an enchanting experience through the vanilla pod vines, fields of lemongrass, cumin seed pods and turmeric root. Smell, sample, and savour a sensual journey back in time by learning about some of the spices that flavor our food but more specifically the Zanzibari meals that are influenced by a blend of Swahili, Indian, and Persian food preparation methods.

New Year’s Eve Dhow Sunset Cruise
Celebrating the turn of the year in style on the Dhow Sunset Cruise is a classic way to celebrate with special occasion from the seafront areas of Stone Town or Nungwi Peninsula. As you cruise along the Stone Town Harbor and watch the sparkling light of the Old Town skyline pass you by, enjoy a full open bar and a wide selection of deliciously prepared hors d’oeuvres. Your on-board Swahili Musician will supply you with non-stop tunes to keep your New year’s party rolling. 
Digging your taste buds into the exotic drinks, and snacks on the dhow sunset cruise and nightlife flair make for the best way to be gratified on the turn of a new year on Zanzibar Island. Nothing captures the Arabian influence on Zanzibar more than the graceful dhow on the surrounding seafront areas and the dhow-building capital of the Island in Nungwi epitomizes the spirit in full swing with sensation sunset dhow cruises on the Indian Ocean.

Safari Blue Full Day Ocean and Sandbank Experience 
Enjoying a full day Safari Blue by gliding through the translucent ocean and watch the diverse marine life. Snorkel over different reefs and take advantage of the guides expertise. Swim in the shallow waters or lay on the beach of a large powdery sandbank. Enter the lagoon and find a natural swimming pool that is calm and perfect for a swim. If you are lucky to start by 9AM, you might see humpback and bottlenose dolphins at Menai Bay – a marine-protected area and sanctuary. Explore the nearby Kwale Island – view coral formations and discover hermit crabs and/or climb an ancient baobab tree. Watch the sun set leisurely during your return to Fumba bay on your glorious day in paradise and soak in the rejuvenation.

Truly a jewel of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is paradise on earth and visitors enjoy spending their Christmas, and New Years in a more magical location. Charming people, crystal clear ocean waters, barefoot powdery beaches as white as snow and exceptional cuisine allows locals and visitors to lose themselves and enjoy perhaps the liveliest party into the new year. In addition, Zanzibar has always been the ultimate exotic location to spend Christmas with families; with so much kids-friendly-places and activities it promises pure enjoyment, and relaxation. Zanzibar is guaranteed to warm your heart and soul in the turn of the new year in a way that is quite gratifying.