17 days in Zanzibar Island, Seychelles & Maldives Itinerary

17 days in Zanzibar Island, Seychelles & Maldives Itinerary

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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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La Digue Island, Seychelles
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Male, Maldives
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 3 nights
Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral and Dr Bulugu Gallery. Take a break from Zanzibar City with a short trip to Nungwi Beach in Nungwi, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: stop by Aromas of Zanzibar, take in the exciting artwork at Hurumzi Henna Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shakti Temple, and contemplate the long history of Christ Church Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zanzibar City road trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Zanzibar City is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to East Africa Time (EAT) is 2 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Copenhagen in October; daily highs in Zanzibar City reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to La Digue Island.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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La Digue Island, Seychelles

— 4 nights
La Digue Island remains a relatively unknown vacation destination, offering very few tourist facilities and an exotic though largely undeveloped coastline.
Escape the urban bustle at Anse Source D'Argent and Petite Anse. Explore hidden gems such as Spiagge di Anse Marron and Anse La Reunion Beach. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Felicite Island, stroll through Anse Severe, and enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Coco Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our La Digue Island online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Zanzibar City to La Digue Island takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zanzibar City to La Digue Island. In October, daily temperatures in La Digue Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Male.

Things to do in La Digue Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Male, Maldives

— 5 nights
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Museum and Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque). For shopping fun, head to Male Fish Market or S.T.O Trade Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Male side-trips: Hulhumale Mosque (in Hulhumale) and HP Reef (in Furanafushi Island). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hulhumale Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Medhu Ziyaarath, and kick back and relax at Rasfannu.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Male driving holiday planning website.

Explore your travel options from La Digue Island to Male with the Route module. Traveling from La Digue Island to Male, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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Zanzibar Island travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
Unguja
Experience the bustling Zanzibar Island, the financial and economical metropolis of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Most tours of Zanzibar Island start in Zanzibar Town, where centuries of history are on display in Persian bathhouses, street coffee vendors, and the world's last open slave market in Stone Town, the historical center. Beyond that, attractions on Zanzibar Island include numerous archaeological sites dotted across the area.

Seychelles travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Forests
Luxury to please visitors with deep pockets and scenery to astound the eye and warm the soul--that's Seychelles in a nutshell. The coastal areas boast a number of upscale beach resorts, with the fine sands and bright blue sea drawing visitors from distant corners of the world. The matriarchal culture that predominates in most households around the archipelago represents a fascinating cultural quirk to learn about during holidays in Seychelles, while the tropical rhythms of the local Creole folk music set the pace of everyday life.

Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.