Need to know
Africa Odyssey offers seven nights at Guludo Lodge and one night in Dar es Salaam from €4,499 per person, including international and internal flights, transfers and accommodation on a full-board basis.
Tel: 0044 207 471 8780; africaodyssey.com.
When to go
The winter months are best, between May and September, although the summer season brings only brief, intense showers.
Diving and snorkelling are good year round, as is game fishing. Humpback whale sightings are most common between August and October.
Bird watching is best in November and December, during the hot, rainy season.
What to buy
The villagers of Guludo make and sell particularly pretty palm-leaf bracelets, and on Vamizi they make colourful place mats.
Ibo is known for its long tradition of silverwork jewellery.
• Though several of the islands are virtually malaria-free (there's no standing water), it is still wise to take precautions.
• If you're flying into Dar es Salaam, don't forget to check the visa requirement for transit passengers.
• When island-hopping on the Vamizi plane, don't be too engrossed in the views to keep track of your luggage -- ours was offloaded on the wrong island (though we got it back quickly enough).