Pongwe is one of the best beaches on the East coast of Zanzibar Island. It is located between Kiwengwa beach and Uroa. Pongwe Beach is an ideal destination for tourists seeking tranquil atmosphere on the beach. The beach offers stunning ocean views and breathtaking morning sunrises. Visitors can organize different activities while staying in Pongwe, such as Dolphin Tours to Mnemba, Snorkeling, Kiteboarding to Kiwengwa or Paje, Scuba Diving, and fishing trips.
Accommodations in Pongwe range from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxury resorts, catering to various budgets and preferences, although most of the accommodation here is economic because it is a less popular beach compared to beaches like Nungwi and Kendwa. The beach also boasts numerous restaurants and cafes serving fresh seafood, as well as local and international dishes, including vegetarian options.
To get to Pongwe Beach, you’ll first need to travel to Zanzibar Island, which is located off the coast of Tanzania. The easiest way to reach Zanzibar is by flying into Zanzibar International Airport, Kisauni. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a shared shuttle to Pongwe Beach. The journey takes approximately 50 minutes depending on traffic. Another option is to arrange for a private transfer with your hotel or tour operator in advance. Organizing your private transfer in advance is the best option if you visit for a Holiday, price ranges $35 – $40.
If you’re traveling from mainland Tanzania, you can take a ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar, which takes approximately 2 hours. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a shared shuttle to Pongwe Beach. Some people use Daladala of Uroa because it is a cheap option, but be prepared for an uncomfortable ride, especially if you’re prone to motion sickness. It’s recommended to choose a more comfortable mode of transportation, such as a taxi or private transfer, to make your journey to Pongwe more enjoyable.