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  • 9 Muslim-Friendly Honeymoon Destinations & Romantic Vacations

    A romantic getaway is an ultimate way to spend more time with your spouse and travel! Travel not only gives you rich experiences that are memorable for life, it also helps you get closer to your partner.If you're planning to get married and are looking for the top travel destinations to visit with your soulmate, fear not because you've come to the right place! Whether you're looking to splurge or pamper your girl or guy, we've got you covered orwith all these Muslim-friendly holiday destinations ideas! Here are some of the best honeymoon destinations and romantic vacations in 2018 for Muslim-friendly travel! Credit- Giphy.com   1. Abu Dhabi Who doesn't love all that luxury and elegance that the Emiratis enjoy? Dubai is one of the top tourist destinations in the world for Muslim families and couples! In Abu Dhabi, you can live the high life in luxury hotels and 5-star restaurants. You can also try out unique activities like desert safaris, camel rides, and more. If you're in the mood for a unique honeymoon, then you could choose a desert retreat, which are lush resorts set in the middle of the -you guessed it- dessert! If the idea of spending alone time with you're loved one in the middle of nowhere under a sky filled with stars doesn't sound romantic, we don't know what does! Of course, as Abu Dhabi is in UAE, a Muslim country, you won't have any trouble finding Halal food or mosques. In fact, a tour of the city's majestic mosques is a must! Find nearby Halal food places in Abu Dhabi Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Abu Dhabi   2. Greece The country of Greece has an air of mystique and magic about it that it will make you fall head over heels in love with it – and with each other! Greece is home to a bunch of islands, and you cannot go wrong choosing any of them, but Athens is one of the best places to travel to in 2018 purely in terms of availability of Halal Food. You could also opt for seafood as it is wildly popular, but make sure that no alcohol or animal products have been used. You can explore historic monuments like the pantheon, take a stroll with your soulmate through the charming streets, or tuck yourselves away in your own private villa. Other popular honeymoon destinations in Greece include Santorini, Crete, etc. There is only one official mosque in Athens, but plenty of prayer places around the city. Find nearby Halal food places in Greece Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Greece   3. Sri Lanka If the sound of sun, sand, and sea is appealing to you, then you might want to consider whisking your loved one away on a romantic break to the island of Sri Lanka! Sri Lanka is a small island, which means you're never too far away from the sea. There are plenty of locations for you to choose from like Trincomalee up north or Galle down South with gorgeous beaches, resort, spas, and more. Kalpitiya is also a great option if you're in the mood for fun activities like whale watching, kite surfing, diving, and fishing. You could also skip the beach entirely and cosy up in the colder regions like Kandy and Nuwara Eliya in the hillside. No matter where you choose to go, you should have your pick of luxury hotels, budget hotels and private villas. Halal food is never too far away as Muslims are the largest minority in the country, and there many mosques all over the country as well. Find nearby Halal food places in Sri Lanka Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Sri Lanka   4. South Africa Are you and your beau nature and animal-lovers? Then a romantic getaway in South Africa is exactly the perfect mix of excitement and privacy a holiday with your lover requires. Marvel at the majesty of the animals like lions in their natural habitat or enjoy the country's gorgeous coastlines and nature trails. In Cape Town, the country's capital, you can try fun activities like hiking, rappelling, and even shark diving! But just because the holiday is based around nature doesn't mean you have to rough it out! South Africa has many luxury hotels and reserves where you can spend some much needed alone time. As for Halal food, South Africa has plenty of Halal restaurants, but do look the particular city up before visiting. Your hotel might even be able to cater to you, just make a request in advance. Find nearby Halal food places in South Africa Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in South Africa   5. Malaysia Malaysia is one of the best countries for a budget-friendly vacation, and the best part is that there is so much to do! You can visit beautiful buildings like the twin towers, go shopping, enjoy nature, and eat your heart out! If you are looking for affordable all-inclusive honeymoon packages, you could also choose to stick to a single “attraction” like Langkawi, which is an archipelago of islands off Malaysia. Genting Highlands is another attraction that is worth an overnight stay. Shopping in Malaysia can be an expensive affair, or dirt cheap, depending on where you choose to shop. If you and your spouse are foodies, Malaysia should be at the top of your “must-visit” countries because it is a Muslim majority country. Therefore, you can find food of all cuisines, price ranges and themes everywhere you go! Mosques are available aplenty in the country and many tourist spots, shopping malls, etc. have prayer rooms. Find nearby Halal food places in Malaysia  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Malaysia   6. France Paris, France's capital has been popularly dubbed as the “city of love”, so it is definitely one of Europe's best destinations when it comes to honeymoons and romantic getaways. French cities like Nice, Cannes, and Lyon are also great locations for a couple's getaway, but Paris is where you'll find it easiest to find the most Muslim-friendly facilities. Not only does the lover's city have an abundance of Halal restaurants and mosques, there are a few hotels that cater to Muslims as well (prayer mats, Qur’an in the rooms, qibla directions, Halal food, etc.). Get a picture with your beau on top of the iconic Eiffel tower, dine in cool cafes, go shopping in this fashion capital, or just enjoy each others company amidst the allure of this beautiful country! Find nearby Halal food places in France Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in France   7. Maldives One of the best honeymoon destinations in Asia is in the Maldives! The Maldives is a place that takes the idea of a beach resort to a whole other level! There are regular beach resorts, and then there are private villas literally in the middle of the sea with their own private pools; what more could you want in terms of privacy or romance? You can try out fun activities like diving, snorkelling, and lounging in your private villa while being served your choice of delicious food! You could also take a break from your break and head back into the mainland to visit busy markets, interact with the locals and explore the city. Although Maldives is a Muslim-majority country, not all resorts serve pure Halal food and cater to Muslims. Luckily, there are quite a few that are Muslim-friendly, so you won't have too much trouble finding one! Find nearby Halal food places in Maldives Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Maldives   8. Hawaii Hawaii is an isolated US state that is made up of a group of islands, many of them volcanic. To many, Hawaii is synonymous with paradise, which is why its one of the world's top destinations for couples and honeymooners! From romantic sunsets to windy sea cruises, exotic sea life and exciting sea activities, Hawaii is probably the best romantic getaway destination in North America. There is only one mosque in Hawaii, in its capital of Honolulu, but it's a great place to interact with local Muslims. There are a few Halal-friendly resorts in Hawaii, but you could make do by bringing your own prayer mat, as well as compass and Qur'an (or mobile apps for them). There are many Halal restaurants in Hawaii, and you also have the option of cooking for yourself if you were staying in a private villa. Seafood is also a big deal in Hawaii, including the “national dish of Hawaii” - Poke! Find nearby Halal food places in Hawaii Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Hawaii   9. Switzerland If you already live on a tropical island, the sun and sea just might be something that you see every day – and that's fine because there are plenty of honeymoon locations that offer something different. One such place is Switzerland. The country of chocolates, mountains, and snow can be an incredibly romantic place to vacation with your partner. Cities like Zurich, Geneva and Bern are the most Muslim-friendly in terms of finding nearby Halal food restaurants and prayer places, but many other cities and towns have Halal-friendly facilities as well. There is also plenty to do in Switzerland. Visit museums and parks, marvel at the gorgeous mountains and lakes, go shopping, or take to the slopes in ski resorts. Or, you know, you could cosy up in front of the fireplace with your lover while it's snowing outside. That sounds much better than any other activity, don't you think? Find nearby Halal food places in Switzerland Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Switzerland...

  • 10 of the World's Best Surfing Destinations for Muslims

    Hunting the best surfing destinations in the world? HalalTrip has made a list of some of the world's best surfing spots that you can head to as a Muslim traveler.     Surfing has become a trendy water sport over the last few decades and surfing enthusiasts have discovered some well-known as well as hidden surf destinations around the world. With the gaining popularity for surfing, there are a surfeit of surf destinations to choose from in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and America. Here is our list of the best surfing destinations in the world for Muslim travelers.    1) Jeffrey's Bay - South Africa   About: Jeffrey’s Bay often called J-Bay, is a popular tourist destination and is famous for its seashells and seafood restaurants, water sports, river logons and of course surfing! Voted as the second best of the ‘World’s 50 Best Surf Spots’ by CNN in 2013, it is an ideal surfing destination in Africa that has several Halal restaurants in the areas for Muslim travelers.   Surf: Jeffrey’s Bay which offers the best right hand point break in the world has waves that can measure up to 12 feet. With 10 different surfs to choose from, including Kitchen Windows, Magna Tubes, Boneyards and Supertubes, there are many options for all grades of surfers. Booties are a must when surfing at J-Bay and do keep an eye out for sharks!    Location: Situated on the Indian Ocean in a town located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa just off the N2 Highway, about 75 kilometers southwest of Port Elizabeth.   Peak Season: May to mid-September   2) Surfrider Beach - Malibu, California, USA     About: California has been a surfers’ destination for nearly 100 years. With its abundance of surfs, California may be considered one of the best surf destinations in America, while Surfrider Beach is a popular sandy beach and surfing spot often included in many lists of the world’s best surfing destinations. Malibu also offers many Halal restaurants for Muslim travelers.    Surf:  Surfrider Beach’s small, perfectly formed waves is a great place to longboard and surf Beach Boys-style.    Location: Situated between the Malibu Pier and the Malibu Lagoon, Surfrider Beach is part of the Malibu Lagoon State Beach which has separate designated surfing and swimming areas.    Peak Season: September to November     3) Honolua Bay - Maui, Hawaii, USA      About: Another renown top surf adventure destination in America is Hawaii. The first written reference of surfing at Hawaii was in the 18th century, and hence these islands are often considered the ‘home of surfing’. Although Waikiki, the North Shore and Oahu are known as surfing meccas, Maui also has its legendary surf spots. All in all, the Hawaiian Islands offer surfers of all grades and experience a surfing adventure like no other! Muslim travelers will also be able to find a couple of halal restaurants and a mosque in Maui.   Surf: The surf at Honolulu Bay is the most popular in Maui and yet difficult to find. But once you get on this right-hand point break, the feeling is fantastic. There is also a chance to spot whales while surfing!   Location: The beach at Honolua Bay is located under Maui’s rugged northwest shoulder. You can park on the bluffs overlooking the break and, walk down the trail to the water to Honolua Bay.   Peak Season: Winter is the best surf season,   4) Joe’s Point - Sur, Oman        About: Oman is still a very young and unexplored surfing destination. However, its long stretch of coast along the Indian Ocean does offer some interesting surf breaks that make Oman not only one of the best destinations to surf in the Middle East but also a very Muslim-friendly surf destination.   Surf: With a sand bar to the right and rock bottom to the left, Joe’s Point is suitable for both beginners and experts. Rides can last up to 40 seconds and the water temperature is usually warm.    Location: Joe’s Point situated on the Arabian Sea in the town of Sur in the Ash Sharqiyah Region of Oman can only be reached by car. It is located approximately four hours from Muscat along Highway 17.   Season: Due to Oman’s subtropical dry weather, surfers can surf at Joe’s Point all year through.   5) Arugam Bay - Sri Lanka   About: Sri Lanka is comparatively a newly discovered and affordable surfing destination, while Arugam Bay is regarded as the best surf spot in the country; attracting local surfing enthusiasts as well as international tourists. With the area’s predominantly Muslim population and seafood restaurants, Arugam Bay can be considered a Muslim-friendly surf destination.    Surf: Arugam Bay has quite a few quality surf breaks which are mostly right-hand peaks. The most popular being the Main Point located towards the south of the bay. Other breaks include Whiskey Point and Pottuvil Point to the north, and Elephant Rock, Peanut Farm and Okanda to the south.    Location: On the Indian Ocean in Sri Lanka's east coast, the bay is located 320 kilometers (200 miles) due east of Colombo, and approximately 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) south of Pottuvil (Ullae).   Peak Season: May to November   6) Sultans - North Male, Maldives   About: Another Muslim-friendly surf destination in Asia is the Maldives. As an Islamic country, the availability of mosques and Halal food is not a concern for Muslim travelers and there many fine surf points to choose from among Maldives' 1,190 coral islands. Sultans is considered a famous surf destination in the Maldives and is ranked 11th in CNN’s 2013 list of ‘World’s 50 Best Surf Spots’.   Surf: The surf at Sultans is a consistent reef wave that's impressive in the spring and peaks at high tide, with a solid southeast swell. However, the rocks at Sultans can be dangerous and it is recommended to use a surf trip specialist outfit such as ‘Surfatoll’.    Location: On the Indian Ocean in the North Male Atoll.    Peak Season: March to October   7) Superbank - Gold Coast, Australia    About: The Gold Coast is considered the best surfing destination in Australia and the Superbank is a highly popular man-made stretch of beach ideal for surfing. The Superbank wave was created following the start of the dredging of sand away from the Tweed Rivermouth is formed by the stretch of sand along the southern points at Snapper Rocks – Kirra, Rainbow Bay and Greenmount. It is the site of the annual surfing competition. The Gold Coast with its abundance of Halal cafes and restaurants make this an ideal surf and beach destination for Muslim travelers.    Surf: The Superbank's break is one of the world’s best surf destinations for passionate surfers. The wave is a right-hand point break that regularly barrels and can produce heavy, hollow barrels only suited for the experienced surfer.    Location: Located in Coolangatta just north of the New South Wales/Queensland border.   Peak Season: January to April.   8) Hossegor - France   About: Dubbed as the "surfing capital of Europe", it is no wonder that Hossegor tops many lists of the best surf destinations in Europe. With such fame, Hossegor has become a must-visit surf destination that attracts not only surfing enthusiasts and pros, but also people who wish to watch the pros ride tubes, which can rival Hawaii for heavy walls breaking on an unnervingly shallow sandbank. Muslim travelers also luck out as Soorts-Hossegor does have some Halal restaurants.   Surf: Hossegor’s surf is mainly for experienced surfers. Considered some of the best waves in the world, Hossegor attracts world-class surfers with its world-class waves. Hossegor offers a series of world-class beach breaks including Les Estagnots, Les Culs Nuls, the mighty La Gravière (for tube-riding) and L’Epi Nord.   Location: Situated on the Atlantic in the South of France, Hossegor is a part of the little town of Soorts. It is a short drive from the towns of Biarritz and Capbreton and a couple hours from the Spanish border and the Basque country to the south.    Peak Season: March/April or September/October.   9) Cloud Nine - Siargao Island, Philippines   About: Siargao Island is affordable surf destination in Asia with several waves that can only be reached by boat. After being featured in a Surfer magazine nearly 25 years ago, this island has become even more popular as a low budget surf destination. Cloud Nine is one of the well-known surfing waves on Siargao and the site of the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition.    Surf: The surf at Cloud Nine with its right-breaking reef wave has gained worldwide reputation for thick, hollow tubes. However, sharp reefs below the surf can be dangerous so do be careful!    Location: Situated in the Philippines Seas, Siargao Island is a tear-drop shaped island about 800 kilometers from Manila. Cloud Nine is the only wave on the Island that can be accessed without a boat.    Peak Season:  August to November when the prevailing wind is offshore.   10) Uluwatu - Bali, Indonesia   About: The island of Bali is considered a fabulous beach holiday destination that attracts holiday makers from across the globe and its popularity as one of the best beaches to surf on attracts surfers from beginners to professionals for an exotic surfing experience. The island of Bali offers a range of waves in clear waters all through the year, making it another go-to surf destination in Asia. Further, Muslim travelers will be able to enjoy their choice of halal food and restaurants.   Surf: Uluwatu which was discovered as a surfing destination in 1972 is known for its professional-grade waves, while the the 5-kilometer-long sandy stretch of Kuta which is clear of dangerous rocks and coral is the ideal surf for beginners.    Location: Uluwatu is situated on the southern tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali. This left reef is divided into sections - from top to bottom, they are Outside Temple, Bommies, Temple, Outside Corner, Racetracks and Peak.   Peak Season:  April to October.     Click here for more ideas for your next Muslim-friendly holiday!     ...

  • 5 Beautiful Islands for an Unforgettable Muslim Holiday

    There are many choices for a Muslim holiday, and many links on the web for countries considered as ‘World’s Top Muslim-Flavored Summer Vacation Spots’, ‘World's Top Halal-Friendly Holiday Spots’, ‘Muslim-Friendly Countries You Must Visit’ and so on and so forth. However, there is a lack of information for island destinations that can be considered for Muslim-friendly family holidays.    As Islands are an integral part of the landscape of our world, and found in all shapes and sizes, all Muslim travelers should consider visiting these 5 beautiful islands for an unforgettable Muslim holiday   Maldives A tropical destination and an island country made up of 26 atolls, the Maldives is indeed filled with many resorts and Muslim friendly hotels. Being an Islamic country, the availability of mosques and halal food is not a concern for the Muslim traveler and for those who love the ocean and all types of water related activities, this Island will provide you loads of entertainment for the entire Muslim family. The Maldives being in the tropics, can be considered as an island destination for a Muslim-friendly summer vacation spot! Water Sports and Activities: There are ample water related activities in whichever atoll that you may be staying at. Choose your preference in water sports from diving and snorkeling, jet skiing and paragliding, fishing and sailing to dolphin and whale watching and everything in between. For those who simply want to laze around, the Maldives is surrounded by beautiful beaches and standing in the Indian Ocean while being surrounded by shoals of fish and coral life is an experience in itself. For the very conservative Muslim families, there are many premium hotels that are designed with private rooms and water villas from which one can simply step into the sea. Visiting Malé: A visit to the Maldives would not be complete without a day spent in Male - the capital city. Some of the attractions include visiting the famous ‘Male Fish Market’, the ‘National Museum’ which is located in the former ‘Sultan's Palace’, the ‘Tsunami Monument’, and the ‘Male Local Market’while of course indulging in some shopping. For the Muslim traveler a visit to the ‘Hukuru Miskiiy or Old Friday Mosque’ would be of interest, you can also participate in the religious services conducted on Fridays and Saturdays. Diving enthusiasts would find the dive to see the ‘Maldives Victory’ which rests below the Hulhule House Reef very interesting. Tours and Private Trips: There are also many day tours and private trips on offer to enjoy the culture, atmosphere, and the coral and sea life that surrounds this island nation. Therefore try out any one; or a combination of the boat tours, walking tours, submarine tours, cultural tours, sightseeing tours, and also the fishing charters and tours. Atoll Hopping:  An interesting activity to undertake in the Maldives is ‘Island/Atoll Hopping’, and many of these islands/atolls offer its own unique culture, sites and activities. So make inquiries at your hotel for more details. Sri Lanka Sri Lanka is a tropical island nation which has a topography of sandy beaches, highlands, waterfalls, rainforests and arid plains. The country with it dominant Buddhist population, has many ancient Buddhist ruins and a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site – Sigiriya, is known as the ‘pearl of the Indian ocean’ and has so much to do and see that you can visit it during the different seasons to get a taste of the different cultures that reside here.  As Sri Lanka has quite a large Muslim population, catering to Muslim travelers is not a problem, thus making itone of the top holiday destination for Muslim families. You will find mosques, halal food and restaurants and also realize that major hotels cater to the needs of Muslim travelers in all parts of the country. Also, as there are some Muslim-owned hotels in the country, halal beach holidays is something that can be easily considered. As an island, seafood is easily available in the country. Something of note is that Sri Lanka is ranked as number 35 in the Halal/Muslim Travel & Tourism Rankings and Indexes by CresentRatings.  Sightseeing and Exploring: Sri Lanka offers you picturesque tea plantations and luscious greenery that surrounds gushing waterfalls in the hill country, wildlife sanctuaries such as Yala and Wilpattu,the Sinharaja rainforest, beautiful stretches of sandy beaches all around the island; specifically Tricomalee and Unawatune,whale and dolphin watchingin Kalpitiya, Mirissa and Galle, and the Buddhist cultural heritage sites such as Dambulla, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa in the dry zone. To travel back to the era when this island was inhabited by the Dutch and Portuguese, visit the town of Galle in the South and the City of Jaffna, all the way at the tip of the island. The buildings and the layout of these places will give you a nostalgic feeling as well as a different flavor of the country. For the surfers there is Arugam Bay and for water sports enthusiasts Bentota, as well as the Bolgoda Lake which is only a 45 minute drive from the city of Colombo. Try ‘The Marina’ at Bolgoda which gives day passes for visitors and also has halal food. For the adventurers, there is whitewater rafting in Kitulgala and outdoor camping in Ella. Adams Peak is a must visit for the Muslim traveler, as it is believed that Adam’s footprint is on the summit of this mountain.  Travelling around the Country: The best way to plan your travel would be to pre-book a private vehicle with a tour operator. You can drive as well, but with some of the narrow roads and sometimes eccentric road rules out of the city, it is better to get a local to drive you around. You can take the train to Jaffna, but don’t expect luxury. A must try is the special Expo Train to Kandy, which is perhaps one of the best ways to get a view of the changing landscape of the island. There is also air travel using seaplanes and small Cessna’s, but this is expensive. Touring Colombo: A cosmopolitan city and the commercial capital of the country, Colombo should be visited for at least a day. Take a look at the Museum, Independence Square, Galle Face Green, and the Dutch Hospital shopping area. There is also shopping that can be done and don’t forget to check out some jewelry made from beautiful Ceylon Semi-precious Stones! If you have only a few hours to spend in the city, just take a drive around using the famous ‘tuktuk’ – an interesting experience if you’ve never been in one! Hawaiian Islands The 50th state of the Unites States of America, the Hawaiian Islands is an archipelago of islands in Oceania which sits very much in the midst of a volcanic zone. It is made up of hundreds of small islands, but the main islands are Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lānai, Kahoolawe, Maui and the Island of Hawaii (also known as the ‘Big Island’ as it is the largest island of the archipelago). With the availability of a mosque and halal food, the Hawaiian Isles can be considered an ideal holiday destination for Muslim families. Things to Do and See:  There is plenty to do in Hawaii… The Big Island’s main attraction is the Volcano National Park, where you can explore volcanoes, climb lava tubes and also watch while the active Kilauea volcano erupts into the ocean. This island also boasts black-sand beaches and rainforest for the trekking and hiking enthusiasts.  Then there is Maui, where you can swim under waterfalls, watch the sunrise from atop a volcano, indulge in water sports such as surfing and windsurfing, and scuba dive and snorkel to check out the undersea universe of marine life. There are also museums and a golf course, and of course the beautiful beaches to take a leisurely stroll in the evenings. A visit to Honululu; Hawaii’s capital on the island of Oahu should also be planned. Here you will find the Iolani Palace, the Bishop Museum and some sites from the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor which includes the USS Arizona Memorial. Visiting the Aloha Tower will give you an opportunity to get some shopping done!For more information visit this website. Halal Resort, Hotels & Restaurants, and Halal Food: With the growing Muslim population, there are quite a few halal restaurants on the islands. A quick internet search for ‘Halal food in Hawaii’ will give you many results. Also check out this guide for reference. Alternately, you can also shop for your meats from a select few halal outlets and cook them yourself if staying in a private bungalow. Also being an island, you know that you will have your choice of mouthwatering seafood dishes to choose from. As for the resorts and hotels, I am not sure if they offer halal food, it is best to check when making your reservations. Mosques in Hawaii: There is only one mosque in Hawaii, the Manoa Mosquewhere Friday prayers are conducted. As an option, I suggest you take a Qibla compass with you, so that you can pray in your hotel room. Also check out the website of the Muslim Association of Hawaii (MAH) & Islamic Center of Honolulu for any particular details.   The Greek Islands The Greek Islands which consist of 6,000 islands and islets in the Aegean and Ionian Seasoffer a unique European Muslim family holiday with its abundance of rich Greek heritage, amazing beaches, olive trees, and archeological sites and wonders. Some of the most popular islands are Santorini, Crete, Rodes, Corfu and Mykanos. The Greeks have over the centuries developed their own unique customs and culture. As the Greek Islands are not known for its Muslim population, the very small Muslim population of Greece being based mainly in Athens, facilities for Muslims such as mosques are not available and halal food will not be easy to come by. Still with its beauty and ancient history, the Greek Islands should be visited by Muslim travelers.  Sightseeing, Exploring and Outdoor Activities: Most of these popular Greek Islands have extensively diverse geographywhich range from mountains to beautiful beaches, palm forests to Olive groves, to cities which showcase centuries’ old Greek culture and architecture. There are all types of activities to keep the entire Muslim family entertained during their vacation from nature reserves and parks, zoos and aquariums, water and amusement parks, museums, to boat tours, water sports and cultural tours, to some of the wonders of the world. However, there are a few must do activities while visiting the Greek Isles: • taking a tour of the Balos Beach and Lagoon where you can nearly walk on the entire lagoon in Crete • taking a walk in the Samaria Gorge National Park, the longest and gorge in Europe in Crete • Hiking Trail Fira-Oia and in Santorini • Visiting the Santorini Volcano and swimming in the hot springs • Taking a walk around the Corfu Old Town • Visiting the any of the Archaeological Museums and Natural History Museums as well as the archeological sites that are in abundance in all these Islands • Simply lounging around or taking a walk on the beaches that the Greek Isles have on offer The different Islands have their different specialties, and depending on where you plan to visit, a bit more targeted research will yield more in-depth information. Hotels and Private Villas:  There are ample hotels to be found in the Greek Isles, however, the issue would be its non-existent facilities for Muslims. However, an alternate that Muslim travelers can consider is renting out private villas that are found aplenty… it may be a bit on the expensive side, but still worth it to visit this beautiful Greek Island. Halal Food: Unfortunately Halal food choices will be very limited.Muslim travelers will have to become pescatarians and vegetarians during their holiday. However, as the Greek Isles are known for their fresh fish, and Greek vegetarian cuisine, this would be an interesting experience. Just check to ensure they do not mix any alcohol/wine in their food. For those who are quite insistent on getting some halal meat, some places may be able to arrange for Halal food on special request, while the ‘To Stachi’ restaurant in Chania Town in the Island of Crete has some fabulous vegetarian food.  The Greek Islands should be a sure vacation spot for a Muslim holiday not with standing the shortage of halal food. Mosques and Prayers:. Most of the popular Greek Islands do not have a mosque, thus it would be best to take your own Qibla compass and pray in your hotel rooms. There are several old mosques in Crete but these are archeological sites. However, there is a small mosque in Heraklio in Crete.  Zanzibar Zanzibar is an island off the coast of Tanzania. Known locally as the Unguja Island, the Zanzibar Island which is part of the Zanzibar archipelago, has a thriving Muslim population and no shortage of halal food. Being an island, there is also no shortage of beautiful seashores and beaches to simply enjoy. While visiting Zanzibar you will notice that there are many Islamic influences and a news article even calls Zanzibar – a haven for halal tourism! This makes Zanzibar Island an ideal spot for a halal holiday for the Muslim family. Things to Do and See: Stone Town, the capital city, is a must visit with its historical significance and its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can stay in this thriving and unique town while visiting the market places, mosques, and other attractions located within.Some of the main attraction - the Sultan’s Palace, the House of Wonders, and the Old Arab Fort, can be seen on a walking tour. As Zanzibar is also known as the ‘Spice Island’, don’t miss out on a trip to a ‘Spice Farm’, which will be a memorable experience. There is also the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre and snorkel excursions in the Menai Bay Conservation Area in the village of Paje that should be explored. Also let’s not forget the water-based activities that can be enjoyed such as kitesurfing, surfing, fishing and swimming.  Mosques and Halal Hotels &Restaurants: There are plenty of mosques in Zanzibar and you will hear the call of the Azaan in Stone Town quite distinctly. While is Zanzibar, do visit the Kizimkazi Mosque located in Dimbani, which is one of the oldest Islamic buildings on the East African coast.  There are also plenty of halal restaurants on the Island, and a quick Google search will give you ample choices. The Dhow Palace Hotel in Zanzibar City with its halal-friendly and Muslim-friendly facilities should be considered for your stay. ...



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