ZANZIBAR ISLAND Zanzibar; the name alone echoes with the charisma and historic charm of this archipelago of spice islands in the Indian Ocean. This is an Indian Ocean beach location with plenty to discover. The history of ancient Monsoon trade, of gold and indigo, of incumbent Sultans and passionate princesses helplessly seeps into your beach experience here. The joy of Zanzibar is the Swahili experience, lapping subtly at the sides. The culture and history of the place is all around you, but all you need do is to lie back and lap it up. There are some stunning, white sand beaches, and a wonderful arabic-swahili style infusing your experience. Great diving, delicious indian ocean fare and some good less-expensive beach locations that really do fulfil laidback beach dreams.