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Nungwi Village Cultural Tour – Zanzibar

Nungwi Village

Nungwi village which is the name of the village northern part of Zanzibar Island. This part of the trip mainly focuses on Cultural village visit of the Nungwi Village, sightseeing and free time to relax at the white sand beach of the north. The best time to visit is in the early morning when the fish market is in full swing.

At Nungwi there are number of very interesting things to see and do including, the natural aquarium in which is a home endangered sea turtles and a variety of fish. The aquarium itself is a natural formation carved out from the coral bedrock by the erosion of millions of waves crashing against the shore. The depth of the water rises and falls with the tides providing a natural environment for its inhabitants.

Nungwi Village Cultural Tour

While watching the white sails of the Dhows go by, you might wonder how these impressive boats are made. The Nungwi Boat Yard is a riveting (if you’ll pardon the pun) experience where you’ll meet the ship yard owner and learn all about Zanzibar and how the dhows are built; from the sourcing of the wood to the joints used and how they are launched.

Please note that the boat building tour is only available as part of the Nungwi Village Tour. Please also be aware that the village is the home and workplace of the local population and we ask you to respect their privacy – it is always best to ask before taking pictures. At the end of the walk you can either relax on the sandy beaches or go swimming in the natural sea. Lunch and refreshments are arranged there to taste local delicacies.


  •  Visit the Ruins of the Portuguese Barracks
  •  The soft white sandy beach
  •  Visit the dhow building capital of Zanzibar
  •  Visit & Swim at Mnarani Natural Aquarium (Turtle Sanctuary)


 Visit the Village & Mvuleni Ruins

Mvuleni Ruins are situated just to the south of Fukuchani, on the other side of the road. These ruins are in fact thought more likely to Swahili in origin than Portuguese.

 Visit the dhow building capital of Zanzibar.

We will stop at the blacksmith and see all the Zanzibar traditional way of making the tools for the construction of dhows. At the construction site, see all about Zanzibar’s dhows which have been built for centuries and see how skilled craftsmen bend wood to create the dhows. Take advantage of the opportunity to try your hand at this unique craft.

Visit & Swim at Mnarani Natural Aquarium.

Hawksbill turtles have traditionally been hunted around Zanzibar for their attractive shells, and green turtles for their meat. The project was established in 1993. You’ll also get a change to swim while on tour.


  •  Entrance fees
  •  Lunch
  •  Pick up and drop off from your Hotel
  •  Transport waiting charge
  •  1L bottle of mineral water
  •  Experienced Professional Tour guide
  •  All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included