Where to stay
There are a variety of areas to stay within Nungwi and they have been subdivided into the following:
The road into Nungwi from Zanzibar Town reaches a fork on the village outskirts. To reach places at the southern end of the west side of the peninsula, go left here, along a dusty track, towards the sea. This area has become unofficially known as South Beach, but it's a handy name, and might stick.
Just west of the village, South Beach is effectively the busiest beach. There is no reef in front of the shore here, so the water is deep enough for swimming, whatever the state of the tide. As the beach faces west, it is also a great spot for watching the sun go down. A number of the cheaper places to stay are located here, and it's certainly the liveliest part of Nungwi.
Northwards from Paradise Beach Bungalows, still on the west side of the peninsula, is another stretch of beach, which for the purposes of this book we'll call West Beach. The places to stay here are described south to north.
Away from the beaches, in Nungwi village itself there are a couple of options.
At the tip of the Nungwi peninsula is the lighthouse; from here, the coast curves back sharply to the south. This eastern side of the peninsula is significantly less developed and quieter than South and West beaches, with some great choices of places to stay set on low cliffs of coral rock above sandy beaches.