Kendwa Beach, Zanzibar ranked 4th best in the world, top in Africa

Kendwa Beach. PHOTO | COURTESY

Dar es Salaam. It is a shoulder season for the tourism industry in Zanzibar and there is plenty of good news.

Zanzibar’s Kendwa Beach has been ranked fourth best beach in the world by travel magazine Big 7 Travel in a survey that ranked White Beach, Port Barton, in the Philippines as the best destination in the world.

The list which features some of the 50 best beaches in the world is now in its fifth year shows that Zanzibar is punching alongside the best in that category.

The review used aggregated scores from previous media results, official Blue Flag locations, social media popularity and contributions from the Big 7 Travel editorial team, to rate the most amazing beaches to visit this year.

Located in north Unguja Big 7 Travel apart from other factors the magazine says that despite Zanzibar being a haven of white sand beaches, Kendwa piques is in a different league.

“The blinding white sand melts into the emerald waters – a picture-postcard sight. The beach is lined with hotels, restaurants, and bars, but it’s kept pristine and clean. Sip on fresh coconuts, get a massage, or enjoy a cocktail in one of the beach shacks,” writes Big 7 Travel.

Close to home the only beaches that made it on the top list is Kenya’s Diani beach which featured on number 14, whereas Source D’Argent in the Seychelles came close on the sixth place.

One the decision to rank White Beach, Port Barton said it is a pristine gem with hammocks, powdery white sand, kayaks to rent, and of course, crystal-clear water.

The rating of Kendwa Beach among the elite beach destination comes at a time when Zanzibar’s tourism in industry is on the verge of a rebound after it was ravaged by the pandemic for almost two years.