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.
Go ashore and hike through the Ngezi Rainforest, a gigantic spread of indigenous trees
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. Please keep this in mind if you’re planning to have a late night.
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Our Zanzibar Spice Islands Sailing Adventure trips score an average of 4.76 out of 5 based on 25 reviews in the last year.
This trip was great for relaxing. A superb way to get away from the regular tourist trail and resorts of Zanzibar. As another reviewer said, make sure to bring a good book, and maybe some games/cards to play at night. There is a lot of unstructured "on boat time" ---- which makes sense for a sailing trip. This sounds good, but can get a bit monotonous. The food and meals provided are all sourced locally and delicious. The chef was very accommodating to all sorts of dietary particularities, and hyper aware of making sure everything was clean and safe to eat. The village tour was a highlight - not a tourist trap, like some others we had done, but a genuine experience involving meeting the family of the crew. If you are ready to unplug, unwind and chill out this is the trip for you.
Review submitted 16 Aug 2018
If you like anchoring in quiet bays, walking on unspoilt beaches, snorkling between pretty fishes and beautiful coral, eating delicious seafood dishes, watching whales and dolphins and learning about sailing, then this is a trip for you! The most idyllic digital detox I could possibly imagine.
Review submitted 02 Aug 2018