When people asked about Nakupenda Beach, the boatmen called it Sand Bank Island. It is quite an appropriate name as a bank of sand in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It is one of the pristine places ever happen in Zanzibar. Most visitors are encouraged to visit before leaving Zanzibar, or they will be so regretful for not spending their time going there. For those who want to swim/get into the water for snorkelling. This is the best place if you’re staying in Stone Town. It’s beautiful and clean water is clear and shallow around the sand strip and the underwater scenes are beautiful as well! If you plan to spend a couple of hours, it’s a good idea to ask your boatman to put up a shade for you. It’s just a 35 to 45 minutes boat ride away and you will probably love it.
Most of the visitors of Zanzibar like to do the following things when they visit Nakependa tour beaches.
Eating fruits and seafood.
Nakupenda tour, this is the peculiar tour whereby its one among the attraction should be some food that you take with. Because there is no restaurants, hotels or bungalows which serve foods to the guests there. Tourists spend more than four hours at there, so there must be some foods which must be prepared for going there, and the most lovely foods which are seafood like octopus, prawns, and different kind of fishes which are burnt, boiled or fried.
Also, there are different kinds of fruits which are taken to the Nakupenda tour like oranges, pineapple, watermelon, mangoes, source sop, rambutan, avocado, and so on. These fruits are just preferred due to their importance of making the bodies have vitamins, minerals, and nutrition. Sometimes fruits are just designed into two different styles which are far more impressive to the visitors, and the foods are eaten in the tents which kept for stopping the visitors from the sun rays, after the process of eating finishing. You can get some rest after that they prepare for swimming or snorkelling, this is the best moment awaited to complete the tour.
Snorkelling in Nakupenda Beaches
Nakupenda tour is not just famous for its beautiful beaches also it is famous for the snorkelling spot. If you want to snorkel, you should go with a professional instructor. Also, you have to get into shape. Of course weather conditions as well:)
First, there must be Warm and Sunny Snorkeling Weather.
Sun and warm weather not only make the snorkelling experience more comfortable, but also the bright sun makes the ocean better visibility. If it is cloudy that means less visibility and less colour. Those are not ideal snorkelling conditions. The best snorkelling and picture condition is done with the sun at your back. It will act as a natural portrait and viewing studio as the sun shines down.
Second, Small Waves are best for Snorkeling.
The smaller the surf, in most cases, the better for the snorkelling. Large waves will churn up too much of the sand and sediment that is set on the coral and the ocean floor. This causes poor visibility. Also, rough seas usually tend to make reef fish head for the holes and crevices where they usually hideout. Lastly, rough surf means danger to you. It can knock you around the rocks and coral…not to mention dangerous rip tides. As a good rule of thumb, if you’re in a typically good snorkel spot or trying to find a new favourite location and you see surfers…then risks are it’s too rough to snorkel. However, if you saw people doing standup paddleboard, go ahead and try. Always keep your abilities when gauging snorkelling locations and not just the water conditions.
Apart from the Nakupenda, the best place for snorkelling, there are many places in Zanzibar which you can do snorkelling like;-
· Mnemba Island: The most happening snorkelling location is Mnemba Island. The crystal clear waters, the beach and the spectacular coral reefs are the reason why snorkelling enthusiasts flock here.
· Tumbatu Island: This island is also a very good snorkelling spot. The beach around here is pristine and not many people know of this place. Because it is largely unexplored, there is an additional charm to the place.
· Kendwa Reef: Besides the Kendwa beach, this is one of the favourite places for snorkelers. Kendwa is also considered the best beach in Zanzibar.
· Stone Town Reef: You will find a lot of snorkelers here. It is a good place for both beginners as well as experts. The beach alongside is also frequented a lot.
Staying in the sun
After getting to the seashore, there comes a beautiful moment of staying in the sun as it has just proven that, the Sunlight releases of hormones in your brain. Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. At night, darker lighting triggers the brain to make another hormone called melatonin. This hormone is responsible for helping you sleep.
Without enough sun exposure, your serotonin levels can dip. Low levels of serotonin are associated with a higher risk of major depression with seasonal pattern (formerly known as a seasonal affective disorder or SAD). This is a form of depression triggered by the changing seasons. A mood boost isn’t the only reason to get increased amounts of sunlight. There are several health benefits associated with catching moderate amounts of rays.