Matemwe

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Matemwe

Go snorkeling around the coral reef, see the algae farms and visit the lagoon in this picturesque resort village and its pretty beach.

Matemwe is a small village with the island’s longest beach and a range of upmarket resorts. It is also an ideal spot to watch locals fishing and preparing their seaweed farms. Learn about the local culture and enjoy a relaxing vacation in the unspoiled and secluded surroundings.

Appreciate the dry, hot weather from June through September with a trip to Matemwe Beach. This is the best time to spot humpback whales off the coast. Go snorkeling and see the range of colorful fish around this intricate coral network.

Notice the large difference between high tide and low tide, when the complex maze of seaweed farms appears. Watch local women in traditional sarongs working the aquatic fields. The local economy is also boosted by the making of artisanal cosmetics and jams and mustards, which are exported through Zanzibar City.

Mnemba Island is an exclusive resort island frequented by the rich and famous. Take a ferry to the island and stay in a charming cottage. Note that April and May are particularly wet in this tropical part of the world. During this period, certain activities and resorts are closed.

Back on the main island, dine at one of the restaurants next to the beach and snap photos of the excellent views of the Indian Ocean. Rent equipment and take lessons for watersports at the dive center. Stay at one of the many guesthouses and lodges near the beach.

The town is on the northeastern flank of Unguja, the main island in the Zanzibar archipelago. Fly to Zanzibar’s international airport and drive northeast for about 30 miles (50 kilometers), which should take around 1 hour. You can also fly to the Dar es Salaam Airport on the Tanzania mainland and take the ferry across to the island, a journey which should take around 2 hours.

Matemwe is a stunning stretch of coral reef and white sand adorned with cottages and luxury resorts.

Villa Kiva
Villa Kiva
4 out of 5
Matemwe, Matemwe
The price is $91 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Matemwe, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Muyuni Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mnemba Island and Kiwengwa ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (206 reviews)
"Friendly helpful staff!"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Villa Kiva
SeVi Boutique Hotel
SeVi Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Along Matemwe Beach, Matemwe, Unguja North
The price is $140 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 25
Nestled on the beach, this Matemwe hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kigomani Beach and Muyuni Beach. Mnemba Island and Pwani Mchangani Beach are also within ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"I loved it. Way beyond my expectations. The room was fantastic. Even had its own mini plunge pool. The staff were great. Amazing time all round!"

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

SeVi Boutique Hotel
Zanzibar Queen Hotel
Zanzibar Queen Hotel
4 out of 5
Matemwe Beach, Matemwe
Fully refundable
The price is $153 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
Nestled on the beach, this Matemwe hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Mnemba Island, Mapenzi Beach, and Kiwengwa Beach. Kendwa Beach and Nungwi Beach are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (98 reviews)
"I worked remotely from the Zanzibar Queen for three weeks, and it was wonderful. The staff is top notch, managament/front desk/housekeeping/restaurant staff/kitchen staff/security/spa staff were all friendly and helpful!!! The entertainment and yoga on site were nice additions, and really made my ..."

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2021

Zanzibar Queen Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Tamani Villas
Tamani Villas
3.5 out of 5
Matemwe, Matemwe
The price is $495 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Nestled on the beach, this Matemwe villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Muyuni Beach, Kigomani Beach, and Pwani Mchangani Beach. Mapenzi Beach and Kiwengwa Beach are ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Great place. Large villa.
"Great place. Great villa with feeling of confort and privacy and with feets on the wonderfull beach (garden on the beach with private entry) ! Nice private pool with very clean water. We had the villa for the four of us only but you can easily come with 2 famillies. 4 large bed rooms with 9 beds ..."

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

Tamani Villas
Maji Lodge - private paradise exclusively for you, your family and friends
Maji Lodge - private paradise exclusively for you, your family and friends
Matemwe, Unguja North Region
Nestled on the beach, this Matemwe vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Muyuni Beach, Kigomani Beach, and Pwani Mchangani Beach. Mapenzi Beach and Kiwengwa ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Private villa on stunning beach
"We (4 couples) had a wonderful time in Natalia's villa in Matemwe. There are restaurants nearby on the beach if you want to order-in or eat out. The beach is stunning. Do take note that the low tide doesn't allow you to swim but you can always do a lengthy walk to the coral to watch marine life."

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2018

Maji Lodge - private paradise exclusively for you, your family and friends
Villa Paradise ON THE Ocean
Villa Paradise ON THE Ocean
3.5 out of 5
Po Box 152 Matemwe Zanzibar, Matemwe, Unguja North Region
The price is $1,290 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Kigomani Beach and Muyuni Beach. Mapenzi Beach and Mnemba Island are also within 6 mi (10 ...
Villa Paradise ON THE Ocean
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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