Zanzibar and the Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, such as this one in Zanzibar. Image by pixel

Zanzibar lies of the East coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. The Indian Ocean is the warmest ocean in the world, and provides important trade routes – connecting Africa, the Middle East and East Asia. Zanzibar provides one of Africa’s major ports for trading. This is one of the reasons that the Zanzibar archipelago, with Pemba Island once being the largest producer of cloves, was dubbed the Spice Islands. Spices were then transported via the Indian Ocean all over the world.

Located in the Indian Ocean is some of the world’s most stunning islands. This includes Madagascar, the Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and of course Zanzibar.

A monsoon climate affects the Indian subcontinent north of the equator and islands in the Southern hemisphere such as Mauritius can be hit by severe summer storms. The climate in Zanzibar is much milder, with brief showers in November, with longer rains in March, April and May, while the climate is generally warm all year round, and cooled by a gentle sea breeze.

The Indian ocean is host to a range of marine life that includes sharks, turtles, rays and all manner of crustaceans and fish that inhabit the coral reefs, such as those surrounding the islands of Zanzibar. In fact Zanzibar has many marine parks where you can appreciate what the Indian Ocean has to offer.

So with the Indian Ocean being globally recognised for offering some of the best beaches in the world, what’s stopping you from giving them your full attention? Zanzibar is famous for underused beaches, and has some great hotel resorts,  where you can truly appreciate the beauty of this part of the world, and who knows what you may find washed up on the shore?

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