Famous for crystal clear, turquoise waters and diverse sea life, there are endless water-based activities in Zanzibar to choose from. To aid you in considering what to do on your first, or next trip to this island paradise, we’ve put together our top five picks.
Located on the point of Zanzibar, the Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of Humpback and Bottle-nosed dolphins. The shallow coastal waters around Kizimkazi are a favourite hangout for dolphins due to warm water and a constantly reliable food supply. Get up-close-and-personal with these gorgeous creatures following a short boat trip from the village offered by one of many tour operators on the island.
Mnemba Island, situated 3km north-east of Zanzibar, is surrounded by a vast, well-preserved coral reef. A listed Marnie Conservation area, it is by far the finest and most popular snorkelling spot in Zanzibar. Be on the lookout for Surgeon Fish, Striped Snapper, green Turtles, whale sharks, blue tang, moorish idols, and clownfish.
Watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean is one of the most memorable moments you’ll take from your trip to Zanzibar. And what better way to do so than aboard a traditional Dhow. With the wind in your sail and a glass of wine in-hand, you won’t be left wanting!
The waters surrounding Zanzibar boast an exciting variety of marine life, making scuba diving in this tropical paradise an absolute must. Catered to licensed divers and novices alike – there is something for everyone! Some of the fascinating creatures to be spotted under the waves are sting rays, eels, dolphins, sea turtles, clown fish, and much more!
With shallow warm waters, steady winds, and a sandy bottom, Paje Beach is one of the most ideal places to kitesurf in Zanzibar. If you are an intermediate or experience rider, then this is the perfect place to expand on your technique. However, if you’re new to the sport, not to worry – there are several kite schools around to show you the ropes!
To find out more about ocean activities in Zanzibar, or to book one of the incredible experiences above, simply contact the team at Essque Zalu Zanzibar directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or +255 778 683 960.
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