Zanzibar evokes images of turquoise waters fringed by endless beaches, and it certainly lives up to its billing as a tropical idyll. Enjoy a sunset dhow cruiset to a remote sandbar, dine on Swahili cuisine with your feet in the sand or explore the worldclass dive sites of neighbouring islands, Pemba and Mafia. Away from the coast, watch giant coconut crabs on Chumbe Island, forage for cloves and cinnamon on a spice tour or glimpse the fading world of the sultans at the ruins of Mtoni Palace. Fully updated for this ninth edition by expert authors Chris and Susie McIntyre, Bradt's Zanzibar offers indispensable practical advice. With hundreds of comprehensive hotel and restaurant reviews, it's the ultimate guide to this Indian Ocean archipelago.