Swim in the Turquoise Waters at Nakupenda Beach

Nakupenda is a Swahili word which means I love you. Nakupenda Beach is also the name of an amazing sandbank located just off Stone Town. This beach has clear, blue waters and pure white sands in Zanzibar. Its waters are ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

This is a place where brilliant birdlife exists, the sand is very white and there is limpid and crystalline water.

Swimming with dolphins close to Nakupenda Beach

You are likely to spot dolphins in the water if you visit in the morning. Here you can swim with these gentle mammals if you want to. Your tour guides or host may arrange logistics for some fresh and delicious seafood along with seasonal and tropical fruits.

Then, you can relax on the sandbank or discover marine life around the sandbank before taking a boat cruise or sailing back to Stone Town! Nakupenda beach is the beach for you if you want to spend a calm day relaxing near the sea!

Important tips

1.      You better visit this beach in the evening although you may pay a visit during the morning to see the dolphins.

2.      Make sure you do not wander alone, especially at night. Make sure that you go with your guides or your host.

3.      This place is quiet for occasional tourists; therefore you can enjoy a picnic on this beach.

4.      If you are interested in seeing dolphins you must hit the beach in the morning.

How to reach Nakupenda Beach

You have to hire a boat to get to the Nakupenda beach in Zanzibar.

The adventure can start from Zanzibar Port with a local motorboat riding toward Prison Island. Prison Island is called Changuu by the natives. Changuu means Giant Testudial, as it was once used as a quarantine center for people with yellow fever and as a prison for slaves.

It takes almost 20 minutes across the sea to reach one of its biggest attractions: the giant tortoises, these were imported from Seychelles at the end of the nineteenth century, and then the adventure will continue forward for snorkeling off Prison Island while viewing stunning array of colored corals and tropical fish of the islands before reaching the dream place: Nakupenda. where you will have some time to relax in the Tanzanian sun or go for a swim in the turquoise waters!

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