Discover the idyllic island oases off the coast of East Africa
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, rainforests 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.
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Go ashore and hike through the Ngezi Rainforest, a gigantic spread of indigenous
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
As the majority of this trip takes place on a sailing boat, you’ll need to feel comfortable with moving about the vessel, including the use of stairs. With that said, sea legs come naturally to some but not so much for others. Your friendly crew will be able to help with the effects of sea sickness if needed.
A zodiac is used to transport passengers from the boat to the mainland, with landings taking place at piers (dry landings) as well as on beaches (wet landings). Zodiacs can sometimes be awkward to climb in and out of, but a sense of humour and can-do attitude is all you need.
This is an adventure on board a real yacht, which means living spaces, cabins, bathrooms and showers need to be shared with other passengers. Sleeping quarters can be quite compact, but you will be spending the majority of your time above board in the open air.
Time on the water also means time in the sun. Remember to pack sun protection, such as sun screen and a hat, and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. See ‘Essential Trip Information’ below for a full packing list.
Please note that smooth sailing is dependent on the weather, so itinerary changes may occur at the last minute if the weather becomes unfavourable. If any changes are made, you can trust in your knowledgeable skipper to choose an alternative route or activity.
Due to the size of the yachts, sound carries easily from one side to the other and can wake your fellow travellers. If you’re planning to have a late night, it’s a good idea to head into town and experience the local night life.
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Our Zanzibar Spice Islands Sailing Adventure trips score an average of 4.64 out of 5 based on 14 reviews in the last year.
You need to understand sailing is different to other forms of travel. Boats have special traits. Catching fish should be added to trip notes as part of the experience. Overall it was a great trip, made nicer by the personalities of the skipper, the cook and the two local crew.
Review submitted 19 Sep 2017
This is a very unique experience for anyone looking to get off the beaten path and truly explore the serenity and nature of Zanzibar and the surrounding islands. From spotting whales and dolphins, to catching fresh tuna for dinner, to snorkeling and exploring secluded islands, and visiting a remote village in Pemba, you will have a very memorable and fun experience.
Review submitted 10 Sep 2017