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The Zanzibar archipelago is a stunning collection of 40 islands sprinkled across the Indian Ocean, each with a dazzling array of coral reefs to snorkel, rain forests to explore and fishing villages to visit. Choose to bliss out on deck on a chartered boat, dive into the crystal waters or cast a line overboard. With most meals served on deck and lazy days by the water, all that needs to be done is to drop anchor and pick up a cocktail.
Why you’ll love this trip
- Go ashore and hike through the Ngezi Rainforest
- Visit a local fishing village for some cultural interaction
- Snorkel among a stunning collection of corals and colourful fish
- Enjoy a BBQ dinner of freshly caught fish while watching a stunning sunset
Day 1: Kendwa
Welcome to Zanzibar! Over the next 7 days you’ll head north to swim, snorkel and paddle your way through waters teeming with marine life, visit sleepy villages and walk through the Ngezi rainforest, listen out for the sounds of bush babies.
The catamaran will be moored just off the beach and you will be collected by a crew member and taken to the boat by dinghy. Once on board formal introductions will take place and you’ll meet the skipper and the cook – who will constantly surprise you with amazing delights whipped up from the small galley kitchen.
After a thorough briefing and safety demonstration set sail for Mnemba Island, located 3km off the north east coast of Unguja – which is better known as the island of Zanzibar. Only 500 metres in diameter the island is completely surrounded by reefs and is privately owned. Only those staying at the exclusive, and very expensive resort, are permitted to set foot on the island, however the reefs surrounding the island are a Marine Conservation area and the waters are known for excellent snorkelling with a wide variety of corals and marine life. (D)
Days 2-6: Zanzibar Archipelago
The beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we are flexible on the day’s itinerary. The itinerary is subject to change and may vary depending on weather and berth availability. Your skipper will make the final call to ensure your safety at all times.
Set sail north into the Zanzibar Archipelago. There is a very strong chance of seeing bottlenose dolphins and large pods of spinner dolphins and from July through to September the Pemba Channel is on migration route of the Humpback whales.
The Njao Gap, an absolutely stunning destination and the perfect place for a kayak or paddle in the mangrove.
Head ashore to Pemba Island or Green Island as it was known by the first Arab settlers from Oman. Collectively Pemba, Unguja [Zanzibar] and Mafia Islands are known as the Spice Islands. Pemba is famous for its cloves, which are farmed in large scale, as well as smaller farming of coconuts, rice and bananas. Take a hike (approx. 40 minutes) through the Ngezi Rainforest. You can also visit the local fishing village of Mkia Ya Ngombe (Tail of the Cow) by taxi, for some cultural interaction.
Sailing south from Pemba towards Uvinje Gap, set anchor in a calm lagoon between two small islands called Pembe and Funzi and spend the rest of the day kayaking, paddling to the beach and through coastal mangroves or just relaxing on board. Finish the day with a sundowner and a well-earned dinner on board.
Mesali Island is part of a conservation area with only a restricted number of local fisherman permitted to fish the waters for limited time periods. As a result, the marine life is abundant and untouched coral reefs. It is thought that there is more variety of coral here than any other location in Tanzania. Hawksbill turtles nest on the beaches, dolphins, tuna, wahoo, rays, parrotfish, cuttlefish, and kingfish populate the waters. Home to pristine white beaches we’ll anchor here and enjoy a full day relaxing, snorkelling, a forest walk to Turtle Beach or visit two sacred caves in the forest that are also popular with the locals. End the day with a beach side BBQ of fresh fish.
On your last night the cook will create something special which will be enjoyed as you watch the sunset and toast to an amazing sailing adventure.
- Overnight boat (5 nights)
- Breakfast (5)
- Lunch (4)
- Dinner (4)
Day 7: Kendwa/Nungwi
This exotic adventure comes to an end after breakfast. (B)