The Spice island of Zanzibar lies off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. It is famous for once being the commercial center of East Africa and the last place to abolish the slave trade. Today it combines ancient Islamic ruins, and noble Arabic houses with miles of white sandy palm-fringed beaches, and coves. The ocean offers warm clear blue waters, idyllic islands excellent reefs for snorkeling and diving, fantastic deep sea fishing, water sports, and of course delicious fresh fish. And if you thought that wasn’t enough, visiting the Spice plantations (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, cardamom, and others) or haggling for carvings in the Central Market is great fun too.