Zanzibar is seriously the most beautiful place I’ve seen to date. The ocean was absolutely breathtaking. I was so overwhelmed, I literally took a deep breath when we turned the corner. Simply gorgeous.
Since I only had a few days to explore, I did most of the typical Zanzibar tours…Stone Town (including the former slave market), Prison Island and a Spice Farm. You can find those pictures and descriptions below. But what a lot of tourists don’t get to do is swim with wild dolphins. It doesn’t sound that exciting because dolphins are not the most exotic animal and you can see Flipper at any local Aquarium. I’ve done that and he looks so nice and friendly in his medium sized, man-made tank. But seeing them in their natural habitat was a different story.
Imagine riding a small motorboat out to the ocean (not that far from the shore) and immediately seeing a family of dolphins swim next to you! I was nervous at first, but our guides kept urging us to jump in. I kept wondering if our tour guides knew what they were talking about. These were wild animals. But I put on my big girl pants and jumped in. The first time Flipper swam by me, I had a small heart attack and swam for my life (cue RuPaul) back to the boat. No, really.
Underwater and through my goggles, they looked like a combination of whale and shark, and I went straight into panic mode. But once one of our local tour guides swam with them and came back to the boat unscathed, I decided to just go for it and I’m so glad I did. They paid us no attention and kept swimming about their merry way. As a side note, can you imagine if we had actually seen whale sharks in Mafia Island? If I panicked after seeing a dolphin, I’m not sure my heart could have survived swimming next to the mammoth whale shark.
Aside from wild dolphin watching, I recommend traveling Zanzibar, especially if you’re already in Tanzania. It was a $40 and 1.5 hour ferry ride (45 minute flight) from the mainland to Zanzibar. It has a rich cultural history and was breathtakingly gorgeous. See more of my pictures below.
Until next time Zanzibar…