What to know
Portuguese is the lingua franca of the island, so brush up on the most important phrases before you go. When you’re there, find someone who can translate a smartphone SIM Card transaction for you: it’s a tricky procedure to get it set up, as the text prompts are all in Portuguese.
The local children can be a bit of a handful, but they’re harmless and mostly just want to talk to you out of boredom. We made plenty of friends this way!
The sun rises at 4am and this is the best time to explore. You won’t regret getting up a little bit earlier because seeing how the island comes alive is a priceless experience – and you can walk the circumference of the island and be back in time for a tasty brunch.
The easiest and nicest restaurant on the island is the Golden Anchor in Stone Town. It faces an old church and it’s where all the locals go for a quiet beer to wash down the day. If you are looking for a supertraditional experience, visit Sarah’s Place on the brim of Macuti Town, where you can order the freshest fish dishes and even goat stew.