The dazzling blue waters of the Indian Ocean lapping onto the shores of white sand beaches; the smell of exotic spices wafting by on a warm breeze; bustling city streets where cultures from all over the world blend together to create something you’ve never seen before…

You could only be on Zanzibar, the Spice Island and longtime trading center located just off the coast of Tanzania.

The island truly has it all. Just the name conjures up images of idyllic beaches, where you stir yourself only to enjoy activities like scuba-diving, snorkeling, or an invigorating sail around the island on a traditional dhow boat.

But lounging on beaches is just the beginning on Zanzibar; the historic city of Stone Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is filled with the rich, blended histories of the Arabic, African, and European powers that have all left their mark here over the years. As one of the most important departure points for the spice trade for centuries upon centuries, the island has long lured traders and travelers alike from all around the world.

Visitors to the island can marvel at stunning architecture that blends a multitude of cultures by day, and enjoy the soothing sounds of the ocean waves by night. It truly is an island paradise that every kind of traveler can enjoy.