Book flights to Zanzibar

Begin your dream trip to Zanzibar with a flight to match through flydubai. Our combination of unparalleled customer service, low fares, flexible flight times and onboard amenities work together to make your journey reach blissful heights.

Onboard, it’s easy to get into the holiday spirit. Relax in your ergonomically-designed chair and login to our award-winning WiFi to chat to your friends, watch live sports or track your progress as you zip towards the island. Missed an episode of your favourite TV show? No problem. Tap into your personal HD touchscreen to access the latest in television alongside new and classic films, a wealth of music and more.

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Whatever your favourite flavours are, our internationally-inspired menu - which ranges from hot and cold meals such as wraps, curries and pastas to snacks including chocolate - will be able to deliver. If you’re flying in our Business Class cabin, just sit back and relax. Your dedicated member of staff will check in on you regularly, ensuring your plate and glass is always full. By the time you arrive, you’ll already feel as though you’re in paradise.

Things to do

Live the island life

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Tropical vibes, ocean adventures and idyllic beaches are Zanzibar’s specialties. Make the most of its white gold sands and sapphire Indian Ocean with beach-based activities such as popular sunbathing and snorkelling. In the evening, entertainment comes easily as local acrobats perform shore-side tricks. For a more romantic view of the sunset, take a cruise on the tranquil waters with your special someone.

Monuments meet modernity 

History and contemporary life are beautifully entwined in this east African archipelago. Take a tour through forts, relax in Persian baths and enjoy flavourful local cuisine within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can even party in a palace at the Mtoni Palace Ruins - one of the oldest buildings on the western shores of Zanzibar - and glimpse the old world of Arabian royalty while dancing the night away.

Explore nature’s bounty

Africa is absolutely unparalleled when it comes to getting to know the world’s most exotic animals. From its diverse marine life and equatorial birds to big cats and beautiful butterflies, Zanzibar’s range of animal activities will inspire adults and children alike. Its tropical landscape is also worth a closer look: sail down to one of its caves, explore a lush green garden or dip below sea level to marvel at its colourful coral reefs.

A guide to Zanzibar

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Idyllic, entertaining and beautiful down to each individual grain of sand, Zanzibar is a true jewel. From lying on the beach and exploring its sparkling waters to dipping into its heritage and savouring local cuisine, you’ll not be short of enchanting moments as you make your way around the archipelago.

Stroll, savour and soak in Stone Town

Just off the west bank of Unguja lies Stone Town, the old quarters of Zanzibar City. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is unmissable for its wealth of traditional 18th and 19th century buildings, unique urban culture and delicious food. Bathe in the hot waters of the Hamamni Persian Baths, admire the Anglican Cathedral, explore the Old Dispensary and marvel at the locally-revered House of Wonders as you walk its colourful streets. In the evening, head down to Forodhani Gardens for a starlit feast of local dishes, snacks and drinks.

Tailor your island experience

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Have your visions of paradise surpassed at one (or many) of Zanzibar’s exotic islands. Snorkel within the crystal waters and mesmerising coral reefs off the shores of Mnemmba Island - home to more than 500 different marine species - or take the thrilling dive off Levan Bank to swim with gigantic kingfish and tuna. Those who just want to relax and bake in the sultry sunshine will find their bliss at Nakupenda, Uroa or Paje Bay, all of which also offer kitesurfing for fun afternoons on the waves. On Friday nights, don’t forget to hit the beachside Cannibal Party, where you’ll be astounded by fire dancers and acrobats performing to the beat of African music.

Butterflies, big cats, and everything in-between

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Zanzibar’s citizens go to great lengths to preserve and protect its diverse wildlife - which gives you plenty of opportunities to engage with it, too. Observe majestic cheetahs as you never could’ve imagined at conservation centre Cheetah’s Rock, where you can also feed a white lion, share a joke with laughing hyenas and witness a zebra playing football. See the skies come alive with colour at the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, or watch noble sea turtles play and be pampered at the Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond. If you get up early enough, you can even swim with dolphins - just ask your hotel to book a guide for you.

Useful information

Visa

You will need a visa to visit Zanzibar as it’s part of the United Republic of Tanzania - visit the visa page on the official Tanzania Tourism website to see if your country applies. You can either apply for it beforehand from your local Tanzania Mission authority or get it on arrival at one of the area’s major airports. Your visa will cost around 50$ or 187 SAR if you’re staying for no longer than six months.

Currency

The local currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TSh). Notes are in denominations of 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500 and coins are in 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. If you’re heading straight to one of the more remote islands, withdraw your money beforehand at the airport or at one of the ATMs in Stone Town for a small fee with a Visa or MasterCard. Most major hotels and tour operators will also accept credit card payments, but this will, too, entail a surcharge.

Language

Though over 120 different languages are used across Tanzania, Zanzibar’s most popular languages are, by far, English and Swahili. You’ll have no problem getting around.

Weather

Zanzibar’s tropical weather is revered the world over. Between October and March, temperatures can reach highs of 35°C - though its ‘colder’ months rarely drop below 23°C. March through May is the main rainy season, while June through October is dry - though whenever you choose to go, you can expect plenty of sunshine. Zanzibar’s skies rarely stay cloudy for long.

Getting around

Despite being short on public transport, Zanzibar is very easy to explore via taxi - just ask your hotel to book one for you or flag down one of the many cabs lining the streets of Stone Town. Alternatively, put yourself in the driver’s seat by renting a car through flydubai.

Airport information

Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) is just 5km south of the city of Zanzibar. Once you land, it’ll only take eight minutes to get downtown from the main terminal. For a more scenic route into the archipelago, land at Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam then take the ferry to Stone Town. Though this will take a further two hours, the journey’s packed with stunning views of the Indian Ocean.

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