The people who ran shehe bungalows in Zanzibar were all amazing; Ade was the main man and was very helpful.
From the moment we went to the restaurant for breakfast (or you can collect breakfast and have it outside your bungalow) Kashim,Aliza and Fassi always greeted us with smiles and "how was your sleep?" Which always was great!
Shehe Bungalows is right on the beach at the quieter end.
At the beginning of our holiday we had people come up to us trying to sell fruit, goods and tours but as soon as they knew we were not interested people just came along to say hi and for a chat which was another factor why our holiday was so great.
Jambiani locals are so friendly and welcoming, we had dinner a few times at (he is known as Mosquito) house where we met his beautiful daughters and the rest of his sisters and brothers.
We felt safe anytime day or night , we caught the local dala dala into Stone Town which ok took about 2hours and a very squashed bumpy ride but it only cost a $1 compared with $30 in a taxi.
The restaurant at Shehe's is run by lovely women who really do cook wonderful tasty food, yes you do have to wait a while for your food but you have to remember where you are and the kitchen isn't exactly a state of the art, stainless steel all mod con's fitted.
We did find that everywhere we went for dinner we experienced a wait but took it as a way of life and enjoyed another cold Kili...or 2 before dinner!
Other restaurants we would recommend are Stone Fish - cheapest on the beach for food and drink, Coco Coco's, Alhapa, One Stone and just down from the post office is a local restaurant that sells the best passion fruit drink, beans and chapati for breakfast, really good spicy rice at lunch and yummy chicken skewers (be careful of bones!)and chips, everything for cheapest price around!
We hired bikes from Songa, he is the artist next to Shehe Bungalows doing Tinga Tinga art.
We cycled all the way to the Colobus Monkeys 3hours each way! Brilliant to see the monkeys, a long bike ride on straight roads as far as the eye can see but we had a great day!
We also hired snorkel gear and walked/swam out to the reef, unfortunately a lot of it is dead coral but the amount of fish,star fish and other fantastic sea creatures is amazing.
We just floated with the tide and then walked back along the beach.
Dolphin Tour - Best thing we have ever experienced, went twice! Organised by Ade at Shehe's. We were really lucky both times, swam with around 30 Dolphins and only one other boat at sea. Totally amazing!
We paid $35 a night for a beach bungalow at Shehe's it wasn't luxury and yes the electricity and water wasn't always available but it wasn't that Shehe turned it off, it's just what happens! So we really feel it was worth every dollar, it was clean, tidy, had towels provided and a mosquito net. All the staff were wonderful and it was in a perfect spot in Jambiani. We fully recommend it.