This is the less commercial, more traditional side of the island, where you can chill out on the beach on one of the wooden beds with a good book and maybe a traditional masseuse. They, along with one or two ‘kikoi-selling’ locals walk up and down the beach to sell you a little something of Zanzibar.
Some locals offer you a ride on their dhow, taking you out to sea where they hunt for your lunch as you snorkel along with them, and then taking you back to their village where they prepare your meal for you. A truly worthy and authentic experience.
Nothing beats just lying back in a hammock, under the stars with an exotic cocktail in hand. There are many little rustic beach bars, where you can watch the sun paint the sky as it sets over the ocean.
Because of the coral reefs, the ocean does draw back a mile or two during low-tide, and this phenomenon is quite a site to see.