Zanzibar Coast, Zanzibar and the coast, Tanzania
At a Glance
20 minute boat ride from Stone Town
Own private island
Beautiful white sand beach
A very relaxed and informal feel to the place
All rooms set right on the beach
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
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Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal vacation weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.
There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.
To start planning your vacation to Bawe Island
Bawe Island, located a short boat ride from Stone Town, Zanzibar, has only 15 cottages along the beach. It is fantastic value for money for those that want to really take off their shoes, relax and unwind on a private island.
The 15 cottages are all located with direct beach access overlooking the sea, they are made with local materials and decorated with a real Zanzibari feel to them. They are large and spacious with decks out the front overlooking the beach and sea.
The beach is a wonderful white beach with perfect turquoise sea beyond - ideal for a refreshing swim! You can take a snorkel for a swim around the island to spot some bright schools of fish.
There is a main dining area with a fun bar made from a local Dhow boat and a main pool. Beautiful bougainvillea plants decorate the main area and poolside making it look incredibly picturesque.
The atmosphere at Bawe is extremely relaxed and laid back, with an emphasis on completely unwinding with a good book, eating superb fresh food and having massages. A few nights at Bawe and you will feel very well recuperated! We would recommend Bawe Island at the start of a vacation after a wedding or long flight for example, or alternatively, at the end of a safari. It is perfect for those who are happy to laze about on a remote beach and do very little!
Stone Town is only about a 30-minute boat ride away so you can always head into town for an afternoon of shopping or activities on the mainland.
15 magnificent cottages are discretely scattered along the beach line, all of them with panoramic views of the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, ensuring maximum privacy and seclusion. The cottages are built with traditional local materials and topped with thatched roofs keeping the rooms airy and cooled by the sea breeze. Each one is elegantly decorated and they all contain ensuite bathrooms, all with double basin, two al fresco showers and a bath.
There are no facilities for children and due to the peaceful nature encapsulated at Bawe Island it is regretted that children under 16 years old are not accepted.
The essence of Bawe Island is its simplicity so there aren't lots of clever facilities on hand - just a few quiet spots in which to enjoy a sundowner or watch the fishing dhows drift by. Guests can enjoy a relaxing massage or treatment of their choice. There is also a fresh water swimming pool right on the beach.
The main activity here is relaxing! This simple island retreat offers peace and tranquility at all times but for those needing a bit more action day trips to Stone Town can be arranged giving the perfect chance to discover the Swahili culture. Other activities which can be arranged from Bawe include scuba diving, boat trips to neighboring islands and snorkeling.
Camilla Smith (Staff)
Bawe Island is an incredibly peaceful island off the coast of Zanzibar. It is a small island which is totally private to the lodge. With only 15 cottages it feels intimate with a very laid back atmosphere. If you are looking for somewhere to completely relax and unwind with few people and your own private island it is a great choice. Perhaps a brilliant place to spend 3 or 4 nights at the beginning or end of your safari. The rooms are all very spacious with large bathrooms and decks overlooking the sandy beach. The rooms are very Zanzibary in décor with bright colors and wooden carvings. If you are looking for stylish contemporary style this is not Bawe, but for a great value relaxing and barefoot beach lodge it is perfect.
There is a main pool and a massage area but apart from swimming in the sea, sunbathing and eating wonderful food there is not a huge amount else to do! You can head onto Zanzibar for the day though to go and look around Stone Town or head for a Spice Tour on the island. Diving and snorkeling excursions can also be easily arranged.
A historic walk through Stone Town
Visit Zanzibar Towns old quarter, Stone Town on the west coast of Zanzibar. Here you will find beautiful architecture and historic buildings dating back to the 19th century, revealing the complex history of Zanzibar and its links with the slave trade.
Diving in Zanzibar
Located off the eastern coast of Africa, in the warm and clear Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is home to some great diving locations. Head to the tiny atolls off the north coast of Zanzibar, or take a trip to its neighboring island of Pemba.
Shopping in Stone Town
Stone Town, Zanzibar Town's old quarter, has an abundance of local shops selling a wide variety of antiques, textiles, and jewelry. Spend a whole day wondering through the narrow streets and pick up some truly unique finds.
With the Spice Islands named as they are you cannot visit this particular part of the world and not delve into its history by taking a Spice Tour on the island.
Location & directions
Zanzibar Coast, Zanzibar and the coast, Tanzania
Bawe Island is located just 5km offshore from the main island Zanzibar in the Zanzibar Archipelago. Opposite Zanzibar Stonetown, on the West Coast of the Island, Bawe Tropical Island is no bigger than a football pitch.