Day Excursions and Short Safaris from Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, and 6° south of the equator.

Zanzibar Island (known locally as Unguja, but as Zanzibar internationally) is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, occupying a total area of approximately 650 square miles. It is characterized by beautiful sandy pristine coastline with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town with its winding cobbled streets and Omani style architecture said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.

Classic Tours

SULTAN PANORAMA TOUR

An informative and action packed day, this tour gives a taste of every-thing found in all other Zanzibar excursions and is strongly recommended as a FIRST excursion.

The Sultan Panorama Tours is ideal for visitors with little time who want to experience a bit of everything Zanzibar has to offer. It’s a full day excursion, starting in Stone Town, covering the history of the sultans, slave trade and invasions that shaped Zanzibar’s history. Your guide will give you a broad overview of the island’s history and current affairs and you’ll pass by many historic sites and visit the Slave Market. A stop at the vibrant Darajani Market helps you to experience city life, with all the hustle and bustle, smells and noise.
You’ll be driven to a spice farm, and given the opportunity to taste seasonal spices and fruits as your guide describes their properties and uses. Throughout the tour, you can sample local delicacies and local staple foods. Your next stop is at a local village for a slice of Zanzibari culture and life. Cooking, weaving, building houses and playing with the children, you’ll have chance to see what life is like for Zanzibaris.
You’ll finish the excursion with a comprehensive view of Zanzibari life and you’ll be able to plan future excursion based on what you enjoyed the most, choosing the most relevant tour from our standard excursions.
Advisable
• Please dress conservatively when walking through Stone Town, women should cover their shoulders and wear long skirts or trousers.
• Comfortable closed walking or hiking shoes and pants.

ZANZIBAR STONE TOWN TOUR

Follow the trail of the sultans, slaves and explorers in the winding streets of Stone Town. Your guide will tell you about the events that shaped Zanzibar, leading you through the buildings where it all happened, such as the former Slave Market and Anglican Cathedral, the House of Wonders and the Sultans’ Palace Museum, the Old Arab Fort and Dispensary.
While tracing the steps of the past, the walking tour provides you with a window into modern life in Stone Town. Explore the markets, seafood and fish piled in the fish market, fresh loaves of bread in wicker baskets and the neat stacks of fruit and vegetables as traders sell their wares from their stalls. Children play in the streets in the residential areas; mamas sit out and gossip while the men play board games. An optional stop at The Zanzibar Coffee House provides a rest from the heat and hustle and bustle. A selection of drinks, local sweets & seasonal fruits act as the perfect pick me up, for you to continue your tour.
The City Tour is very flexible and can be adapted to suit your interest and time frame, if you’re a shopaholic, culture vulture or history enthusiast. If you want to hunt for antiques and souvenir shop, follow David Livingstone’s time in Zanzibar and walk the path of the slave trade, your guide can recommend and develop routes and itineraries that will optimize your time and get the most out of your trip.
Advisable
• Closed walking or hiking shoes.
• Please dress conservatively when walking through Stone Town.
• Women should cover their shoulders and wear long skirts or trousers.

SPICE TOUR

In days past, Zanzibar was known as a spice island, exporting cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom across the world. The spices were brought over from Asia and South America and flourished in the tropical climes. Nowadays the plantations are a tribute to the island’s past, swapping spices for tourism, combining both in a spice tour, one of the most popular excursions on the island.
Walk through the spice farm with your guide. Touch, smell and taste different spices and tropical fruits. Try to guess which is which, from the crushed leaves, the fruit, shoots and vines and creepers crawling up the trees. Learn about their properties, their origins and their use as medicines and in food and drink.
A visit to a spice farm village gives you an insight into local life and the opportunity to try some Swahili dishes, taste the fruits in season and try some spiced tea. An optional lunch is available at Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge, a special menu, prepared with the best of the seasonal fruit and spices introduced to you during the tour.
Depending on the season you are visiting, you can find anything from vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nut-meg, turmeric, lemon grass, cloves, ylang ylang, cumin, garlic, ginger, coriander, pepper, allspice, tamarind, chili, oregano and more!
Fruits can include banana, pineapple, jack fruit, custard fruit, oranges, star fruit, tangerine, passion fruit, mango, avocado, pear, papaya, grape fruit and many others.
Advisable
• Comfortable closed walking or hiking shoes and pants.
• Sun hat and sun cream.

PRISON ISLAND TOUR

Prison Island gets its name from the prison built to condemn Zanzibari citizens to the isolation of the island, looking out at the coast. Previously owned by an Arab to house his rebellious slaves, the prison was never used, and the island is now home to a tortoise sanctuary, prison ruins and hotel.
Prison Island is 20 minutes away from Stone Town by boat and has spectacular coral reefs to enjoy while snorkeling. Giant tortoises shuffle through the trees, with the patience that old age brings you. Originally thought to be from the Comoros Is-lands and Seychelles, some of these tortoises are said to be over 100 years old. Stately and lumbering, the tortoises have even been known to take children on a ride.
Lunch is available on the island and then you’re left to your own devices. If you’re feeling active, you can explore one of the hiking trails, snorkel in the crystal clear waters in search of colourful tropical fish darting through the reef or soak up some sun on the powder white beach. Thatched ban-das are dotted along the waterfront, available for hire if you wish to stay for the night.
The Prison Island excursion is a great companion to a morning city tour. After an eventful morning of walking through the busy streets of Zanzibar, you can enjoy this slow and relaxing island excursion.
Advisable
• Swim wear, towel and water resistant shoes.
• Hat and sunscreen.
• Please do not feed or touch the tortoises.

KIZIMKAZI BOAT TRIP

Take one hour drive from to Stone Town to Kizimkazi, on Zanzibar’s South coast for a day of dolphin spotting. Kizimkazi is home to large numbers of bottle-nosed and spinner dolphins, beautiful coral reefs and tropical fish.
On arrival, you’re given a short safety briefing and the dos and don’ts when faced with these wild animals. Then, you board a traditional ocean going dhow and set sail on the Indian Ocean in search of dolphins.
You can get as close as 10 to 20 meters away from the dolphins. Sleek and grey, they jack-knife through the water, sometimes showing off with jumps and twists. In the past, some tourists have been lucky enough to swim and snorkel with these magical animals. However, the dolphins aren’t tame, and can be shy and elusive. Although visitors see dolphins on the majority of outings, there are no guarantees. Whether you’re fortunate enough to see dolphins or not, you can enjoy two hours sailing and taking in the sights of the ocean. There’s superb snorkeling in the pristine coral reef and swimming in the clear, warm water of the Indian Ocean.
You’ll return to the beach for lunch, where you can swim in the shallower waters and talk to the crew, who can tell you sea stories about the one that got away.
Advisable
• Swim wear, towel and water resistant shoes.
• Hat and sunscreen.

SANDBANK PICNIC

Experience the way Livingstone felt discovering untouched land and sail away with us to sandbanks around the magnificent island of Unguja, Zanzibar. Come on board our traditionally crafted dhows, put your feet up and allow our sta. to pamper you as the Sultans of Zanzibar were once upon a time.
We set sail to find an untouched sandbank an hour away from Stone Town. Swim in the crystal clear blue water around the sandbank and snorkel to discover a whole new underwater world filled with marine life and corals of brilliant colors. Tables are set out on the golden sand and a five star seafood lunch extravaganza, pre-pared by the talented chefs from the Zanzibar Serena Inn will await you. After lunch relax on the sandbank listening to the hush of waves lapping against the shore or discover more underwater life around it and listen to stories from our crew about sailing the seven seas.
Then sail o. to Prison Island. It is now home to a tortoise sanctuary, the prison ruins and a hotel. Watch the giant tortoises shuffle through the trees, with the patience that old age brings.
We will slowly sail back to Stone Town, after a day of relaxation and fun.
This excursion is suitable for any-one, from those who wish to completely relax to those who want adventure and excitement…Karibu onboard with us for a day!
Advisable
• Swim wear, towel and water resistant shoes for walking over coral.
• Water resistant bag for cameras and other valuables.
• Sunscreen and Hat.

PRINCESS SALME TOUR

Princess Salme. Rebel, outcast, or revolutionary? Salme sent shockwaves through Zanzibar, teaching herself to write, conspiring in a plot to overthrow her brother, becoming pregnant and eloping to Germany with a young merchant, Heinrich Ruete and writing the sensational Memoirs of an Arabian Princess.
This tour takes you to Mtoni Palace, where Salme was born in 1844, the daughter of Sultan Said and one of his secondary wives. She spent her childhood in the palace, served by slaves and playing in the gardens. You’ll then head to Marhubi Palace, built by Sultan Barghash, Salme’s older brother, who she helped to escape after a failed attempt to overthrow their brother, Sultan Majid.
From here, you’ll travel to Stone Town, where the princess lived in a relative exile, unmarried and shunned by her family for her role in the intrigue. The Palace Museum has a room dedicated to Salme’s life and writings. Your guide will take you to her house, where her romance with Heinrich Ruete began across the balconies, resulting in secret trysts and meetings in the countryside. The tour ends at the Gallery Bookshop, where you can buy Salme’s book, Memoirs of an Arabian Princess, available in many languages.
Advisables
• Walking shoes. Please dress conservatively.
• Closed walking or hiking shoes.

JOZANI FOREST TOUR

In the south of the island, Jozani Forest is a wonder and delight, with tales of Zanzibar leopards, medicinal cures and stunning scenery. Currently under consideration to be-come Zanzibar’s second World Heritage Site, the Jozani Bay area is a hotspot of biodiversity. The forest is home to a number of endemic species, including the Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey.
Your park ranger will take you on a nature trail, lined with eucalyptus and mahogany trees and explain the medicinal properties of various plants and tell you about the animals, birds and reptiles that make their home in the various habitats of this tropical rainforest.
Troops of Zanzibar Red Colobus monkeys can be found scrambling from branch to branch, in search of food. The monkeys have become acclimatised to people and allow you to get close to them to take photographs as they eat, play and jumping from the treetops.
The mangrove boardwalk takes you above the swamp, where, depending on the tide, you can see tropical flitting between the mangrove roots and crabs scuttling across the mud. Mangroves play an important role in environmental conservation and as a resource for villagers and community life. Your ranger will explain the different species found in the swamp and their uses.

Advisable
• Comfortable, closed walking or hiking shoes and pants.
• Please do not feed or touch the monkeys.

Scheduled Daily Trips: (Subject to tide of the day and weather conditions)

SANDBANK PICNIC (09:30 – 15:30)

This full day excursion is suitable for anyone, from those who wish to completely relax to those who want exciting adventure.

We board the dhow at the hotel and then set sail towards Prison Island, to see the remains of the prison built to condemn Zanzibari citizens to isolation and watch the giant tortoises shuffle through the trees, with the patience that old age brings. From there we will do some snorkelling with a guide and teacher to see the stunning array of coloured corals and tropical fish of the islands. Then hop back on-board and let us sail you away to a sand bank where brilliant birdlife exists. A seemingly uninhabited and quiet bank in the ocean suddenly comes to life with millions of birds flying overhead and ghost crabs scurrying across the golden sands. After lunch relax on the sandbank listening to the birdlife around you and the hush of waves lapping against the shore. For the more active discover more underwater life around the sandbank and listen to stories from our crew about sailing the seven seas.
We will slowly sail back to Stone Town after soaking up the sun and return back to the Serena Inn by 03:30pm to relax and fall more in love with Zanzibar than you thought imaginable!

ITINERARY

09:30 – Meet at the Zanzibar Serena Inn reception. Guide briefing.
09:45 – Climb on board the dhow, meet the crew and set sail to Prison Island. Guide does a talk on sailing, etc.
10:30 – Arrive at the Prison Island. Guide will take you to see the giant tortoises and to the snorkelling area for about an hour’s swim and snorkelling.
Hop back on-board and sail to the sandbank.
12:30 – BBQ lunch prepared and served by the Serena Hotel when more than 8 persons are on the trip, otherwise Packed Lunch Boxes.
Meals are served at tables, under a sunshade made of Mirikani sails.
Afterwards relax and swim around the sand bank.
Set sail back to Stone Town.
15:30 – Arrive back at the Serena Inn and disembark on the beach.

SNORKELING TRIP TO MNEMBA ATOLL FROM LA GEMMA DELL EST (09:00h – 15:30h)

Recently declared a marine conservation area, Mnemba Island is a coral atoll, surrounded by thriving, vibrant reefs and the crystal clear Indian Ocean. The waters are teaming with an overwhelming number of beautiful tropical reef fish, green turtles graze peaceably amongst the heads of plate and honeycomb corals, and a resident pod of curious bottle-nosed dolphins offer the chance for visitors to interact with these splendid marine mammals in a natural and spontaneous environment.
This full day excursion leaves at around 9 in the morning and will return back at around 3 o’clock. A great day out for people who love to snorkel and to discover the underwater world.

ITINERARY

09:00 – Meet from La Gemma Del Est.
Guide briefing of the excursion.
Climb onboard the dhow.
Meet the crew.
It takes about 1hr to reach Mnemba.
10:30 – Snorkeling for 1hrs at Mnemba atoll
12:00 – Heads toward Muyuni beach for lunch (Depending on the tides)
13:30 – Sail toward the hotel reaching by 15:30h

SNORKELING TRIP TO TUMBATU ISLAND OR KENDWA REEF FROM LA GEMMA DELL EST

Tumbatu Island is the mysterious and untouched island south of Nungwi. Although a permit is required to visit the island, it is possible to enjoy a day of superb snorkeling in the pristine waters and coral reefs surrounding the island. The boat will set sail at 9am, setting out for the nearby reefs of Tumbatu Island or Kendwa Reefs.

ITINERARY

09:00 – Met from La Gemma Del est. Guide briefing of the excursion. Climb onboard the dhow. Meet the crew. It takes about 30min to the snorkeling site.
9:30 Snorkeling for 1hr at the reef.
12:00 – Head back toward the hotel.

Cruise Tours

MTONI PALACE TAARAB CONCERT & DHOW SUNSET CRUISE (16:30 – 19:00)

Sail from Stone Town along the coast of Unguja to Mtoni Palace & Persian baths for a taraab concert in the ruins.
Includes: Canapés & drinks onboard, musician & guide and a tour around the Mtoni Palace and the Persian Baths followed by a traditional Taarab concert with Spice coffee, fresh juice, Lemongrass-Ginger tea and traditional sweets like Halua, Kashata and other Zanzibar treats.
Transport back to Stone Town provided from Mtoni Palace Ruins, quote on request
A donation of this will be given to The Mtoni Palace Conservation Project.

Minimum 12+ Pax.

On-board services

Each excursion includes all of the following as well as any other additional extras that you may require for your charter:
• Guide
• Chilled face towels
• Butler service & Local Musician (for groups of more than 4)
• Zanzibar Serena Inn catering
• Sandbank picnic: Table seating for lunches with china plates and silvery cutlery for more than 08persons
• Snorkelling gears provided and a guide/instructor
• Safety equipment & life jackets
Full public liability insurance cover.
Please confirm bookings to ensure availability.
Dhows can take a maximum of 16 pax each.
All costs include entrance and marine park fees.
PRISON ISLAND TO MANGAPWANI BEACH

For a taste of Zanzibar’s history and magical beaches this full day excursion is the ultimate dhow experience.
Leaving from Stone Town in the morning, sail on a dhow to Prison Island. The island gets its name from the prison built by the Sultan to condemn Zanzibar citizens to isolation. Previously owned by an Arab to house his rebellious slaves, the prison was never used, and the island is now home to a tortoise sanctuary, prison ruins and a hotel. If you’re feeling active, explore one of the hiking trails, visit the tortoise sanctuary or just sit on the beach and relax in the sun or snorkel in the crystal clear water. After snorkelling, you’ll sail down to Mangapwani, where your dhow will drop anchor on the coconut-fringed beach just in time for lunch. The journey from Prison Island will take approximately two hours. Lunch is served at the Serena Mangapwani Beach Club, a barbeque extravaganza of seafood, Swahili specialities and tropical fruit. There’s time to relax on the beach before exploring the Mangapwani slave caves. Built out of coral limestone these caves were used to store slaves until the monsoons began and the dhows came to take them away from their homeland. After slavery was abolished, the cave was used for years to hide and smuggle slaves, an illicit trade that continued for many years. From here you’ll be driven back to the hotel in the afternoon.

ITINERARY

09:30 – Met at the Zanzibar Serena Inn reception and guide briefing. 09:45 – Climb on board the dhow, meet the crew and set sail. Sail to Prison Island (depending on tide and wind conditions). Guide does a talk on sailing and Zanzibar Stone Town. 10:15 – Arrive at the Prison Island, guide will take you to see the giant tortoises and snorkelling guide will take you out for about an hour to swim and snorkel. 11:00 – Sail to Mangapwani beach, taking two hours to reach. 13:00 – Arrive at Mangapwani beach and lunch at the restaurant and later relax in the sun. 16:00 – Leave for slave caves and then depart to the hotel.

MENIA BAY DHOW CRUISES
Leave the crowds behind and enjoy a virtually private beach in the Menia Bay conservation area.
Sail from Mbweni Ruins Hotel, the perfect starting point to explore Menai Bay, an official conservation area. Home to beautiful, uninhabited islands, this stunning area is frequently visited by humpback and bottlenose dolphins. Day-trippers will have the chance to snorkel the pristine reef and enjoy a sumptuous lunch prepared by the culinary experts from Serena Inn. Menai bay is famous for its fantastic variety of fish and coral. A magical day! Return back is by sailing to Zanzibar Stone Town and you watch the sun going down as you dock from the dhow. Its full day trip and ideal for people who love sailing and the sea.

ITINERARY

10:00 – Met in Mbweni ruins Hotel and Guide briefing on safety. 10:15 – Climb on board the dhow, meet the crew and set sail. Sail to Menai Bay which is in the conversation area. 11.45 – Arrive at sand banks – depending on tide and weather conditions, snorkelling on the sand banks or around the reefs. 13:00 – Go to Kwale Island for Lunch prepared by Zanzibar Serena Inn. 13:15 – Arrive on Kwale Island and then rest and enjoy the beach. 15:30 – Sail to Zanzibar stone Town and reach before sun set 18:00 – Arrival back on beach at Zanzibar Serena Inn and back to the hotel.

Minimum 8+ Pax.

PRIVATE SUNSET CRUISES FOR HONEYMOONERS (16:30 – 18:30)

Be with the one you love, on a private cruise through the magical waters of Zanzibar, the perfect start to a romantic evening. Take in the breath-taking sites of the island and the magnificence of the African sun setting into the Indian Ocean, all on your own private vessel for two. You have a choice of entertainment ranging from local drummers to the world renowned legend, Bi Kidude Baraka entertaining you as the sun slips away over the horizon on the end of yet another breath-taking day in our beautiful land, Africa.

ITINERARY

16:30 – Met at the Zanzibar Serena Inn reception – Guide briefing of the excursion
16:45 – Climb on-board the dhow, meet the crew and set sail.
Guide will explain historical sites, etc.
Musician on board to entertain.
Butler serving canapés and drinks.
Sail for about an hour up the coast.
Sail back towards Stone Town as the sun sets.
18:30 – Return to the Beach-front of Stone Town.

Minimum 4+ Pax.

SUNSET CRUISES AND DINNER AT MBWENI RUINS (17:30 – 22:00)

Set sail for Mbweni Ruins, an hour by sea south of Stone Town, framed by the ever stunning African sunset. On arrival, you will be escorted down the jetty of Mbweni Ruins Hotel to the ruins themselves. There enjoy fine dining in the light of a thousand candles, set in these magical, historical ruins. An evening you will never forget.

ITINERARY

17:30 – Meet at the Zanzibar Serena Inn reception – Guide briefing of the excursion
17:45 – Climb on-board the dhow, meet the crew and set sail
Guide will explain historical sites.
Sail for about an hour up the coast.
Sail back towards Stone Town as the sun sets.
18.45 – Reach the Hotel
19.30 – Dinner at the hotel and then return back to Hotel.

Minimum 4+ Pax.
SWAHILI SAILDHOW CRUISE TO SAADANI SAFARI LODGE

From exotic beaches to sensational wildlife on the coast of Tanzania, this cruise is the ultimate experience for the traveler seeking some of this country’s most unique environments. Leaving early morning, the dhow set sails for the coast of Tanzania which takes approximately five hours depending on tides and activities undertaken. On course you shall stop at sand bank for you to undertake some snorkeling if you wish. We set sail again reaching Saadani Safari Lodge for lunch.

ITINERARY

06:00 – Met at the Zanzibar Serena Inn reception and guide briefing.
06:15 – Climb onboard the dhow, meet the crew and put the safety jackets and set sail to Saadani Safari Lodge.
11:15 – We reach the Sandbanks where the corals are intact and spend 45 minutes snorkeling
Then continue our trip to Saadani Safari Lodge.
1:15 – Arrive back at the Sadani Safari Lodge and disembark on the beach and have lunch.

PS: The timings are rough indicators and vary from time to time depending on the tide and wind patterns.
SUNSET DHOW CRUISE (16:30 – 18:30)

Step onto the deck of the vessels, relax and sail away on a magical sunset cruise to end your day.

The sunset cruises leave Stone Town in the late afternoon to cruise along the coast, slicing through the clear turquoise water. The sounds of the bustle of busy people in Stone Town grow faint in the distance until they seem there, only in a memory. Musicians take over the sounds playing taarab, songs of love and loss, on violin and oud, as the crew serve canapés and keep your glass topped up with your choice of a selection of beers, sodas and drinking water from the Zanzibar Serena Inn, encouraging you to sink back into the cushions and enjoy the romance of Africa while watching the scenery drift by.
On board our dhow there’s a personal guide who will accompany you on your cruise and give you a tour of Stone Town from the water as well as be able to answer any questions that you may have for him. The sun sets, changing the sky from shades of pink and blue to magnificent golden colours as you sail back towards the glimmering lights of Stone Town in the distance and the wind gently blows you back to the shore.

ITINERARY

16:30 – Meet at the Zanzibar Serena Inn reception. Guide’s briefing of the excursion.
16:45 – Climb on board the dhow, meet the crew and set sail. Guide will explain historical sites, etc.
Musician on board to entertain (applies to more than 4 persons)
Butler serving canapés and drinks (applies to more than 4 persons)
Sail for about an hour up the coast.
Sail back towards Stone Town as the sun sets.
18:30 – Return to the Beach-front of Stone Town.

SUNSET DHOW CRUISE FROM LA GEMMA DELL EST (16:30 – 18:30)

Cruise along the north coast of the island in the late afternoon, watching as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean. Enjoy drinks and canapés served on board by a butler, and settle back into the cushions and enjoy the romance of Africa while watching the scenery drift by. Watch the sunset, changing the sky from shades of pinks and blues to magnificent golden colours as you sail back towards the glimmering lights of Nungwi, with the wind gently blowing you back to shore.
ITINERARY

16:45 – Meet from La Gemma Del Est.
Guide briefing of the excursion.
Climb onboard the dhow, meet the crew and set sail.
Sail for about an hour up the coast.
Sail back towards the Hotel as the sun sets.
18:30 – Return to the Hotel.
SPECIAL SUNRISE CRUISE (07:00 – 10.00)

A great sailing and snorkelling excursion for the time limited traveller or the early riser.

You will receive a warm welcome on board the specially handcrafted dhows by the dhow crew, who will ensure that you relax and enjoy your time during your cruise.
You will have the opportunity to experience the highest quality scheduled and privately chartered dhow cruises around the island of Unguja, Zanzibar.
The scheduled charters run daily from the Zanzibar Serena Inn, Stone Town, and private charters are limited only to your imagination… you name it and it will be done for you!
16 passengers can be accommodated on board each dhow, excluding the staff, and currently there’s a fleet of three dhows. Arrangements can however be made for another dhow for groups that have larger numbers to ensure that everyone can enjoy The Original Dhow experience! The silence of the morning sea makes the perfect accompaniment to a beautiful sunrise cruise. Sail to the sand banks or Prison Island to do early morning snorkelling in the breath taking ocean. You snorkel for an hour and you’ll make your way back just before the Zanzibar heat sets in for the delightful breakfast at Serena Inn.

ITINERARY

07:00 – Meet at the Zanzibar Serena Inn reception and guide briefing. 07:15 – Climb on board the dhow, meet the crew and set sail. Sail to neighbouring reefs around the islands (depending on tide and wind conditions). Guide does a talk on sailing and Zanzibar Stone Town.
07.45 – Snorkelling guide will take you out for about an hour to swim and snorkel. 08:40 – Relax and then set sail back to Stone Town. 09.15 – Arrive back at the Serena Inn and disembark on the beach. 09:45 – Breakfast in Zanzibar Serena Inn.

Note: This trip must be booked at least 12 hours in advance. The trip can be re-organised and changed depending on wind and tide conditions.
Minimum 4 Pax.
SAFARI BLUE

A full day excursion on a traditional sailing dhow, Safari Blue starts from Fumba, the perfect starting point to explore Menai Bay, an official Conservation Area. Home to beautiful uninhabited islands, the area is stunning, frequented by hump-back and bottlenose dolphins.
On arrival at Fumba, clients are given a briefing on Safari Blue and then you board your dhow and you’re off to explore the bay. Dolphins are sighted on approximately 90% of trips. Anchor is dropped at the Kwale sandbank, where sunshades are set up and guests have the chance to go snorkeling in the coral reefs, helped by the guides. After snorkeling, you’ll be offered refreshments to whet your appetite before heading to Kwale Island, for lunch under the tamarind trees. Drinks are served throughout the day and lunch is a buffet of grilled fish, lobster, calamari, chicken and rice, with a tasting of tropical fruits.
After lunch, you can sunbathe, snooze or visit the beautiful mangrove lagoon. Depending on the tide, you may be able to take a swim in the lagoon. For the ad-venturous, join the crew to sail in an “ngalawa”, a local outrigger canoe but be careful not to tip the boat! Then it’s back to Fumba for around 5:30pm.
Advisable
• Swim wear, towel and water resistant shoes for walking over coral.
• Water resistant bag for cameras and other valuables.
• Sunscreen and Hat
SUNSET DHOW CRUISES

Step onto the deck of our vessels, relax and let us sail you away on a magical sunset cruise to end your day. Our sunset cruises leave Stone Town in the late afternoon to cruise along the coast, slicing through the clear turquoise water.
The sounds of the bustle of busy people in Stone Town grow faint in the distance until they seem only in a memory. Musicians take over playing songs of love and loss, as the butler serves canapés and keeps your glass topped up with your choice of a selection of beers, wine and sodas, encouraging you to sink back into the cushions and en-joy the romance of Africa while watching the scenery drift by.
Onboard our dhow we also have a personal guide who will accompany you on your cruise and give you a tour of Stone Town from the water. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about Zanzibar.
The blue green of the sea contrasts against the clear blue sky. The sun sets, changing the sky from shades of pinks and blues to magnificent golden colours, as you sail back towards the glimmering lights of Stone Town in the distance, the wind gently blowing you back to shore.
Returning to Stone Town in the evening to the shores of Serena Hotel, we guarantee blissful relaxation after hours of luxurious sailing around the beautiful island of Unguja.
Advisable
• Towel and water resistant shoes.
ZANZIBAR YACHT CHARTERS

Morning Charter, Tumbatu Island
(Minimum 6 pax, Maximum 10 pax)

Depart 07h00-12h00

Cruise on the yacht from Nungwi out to Tumbatu Island, with freshly made fruit smoothies served onboard along with a fruit platter, breakfast cereals and tea and coffee. Trolling for big game fish along the way or sailing should the wind be good, we will anchor off Tumbatu Island where you can snorkel in warm shallow water and experience the reef which surrounds the island. After snorkelling we offer hot or cold fresh water showers on the back of the yacht, followed by some drinks and snacks en route back to Nungwi.

Afternoon Sunset Charter, Zanzibar Channel
(Minimum 6 pax, Maximum 10 pax)

Depart 14h00-18h30

Join the team onboard the yacht for a wonderful sunset sail from Nungwi, cruising the warm blue Indian Ocean waters of the Zanzibar Channel whilst relaxing on the luxury catamaran. During this magical experience you will indulge in refreshing tropical drinks, and enjoy our ‘Catch of the day!’ barbequed or grilled snacks onboard. We will sail around the area until just before dusk as we wish to have all our guests back on shore before dark.

Full Day, Mnemba Island Atoll
(Minimum 6 pax, Maximum 10 pax)

Depart 09h00-17h00

Cruise onboard the yacht out to the Mnemba Island Atoll, which takes about 2 hours. En route you will enjoy some freshly made fruit smoothies and a fruit platter, with a selection of drinks and snacks. You will then anchor for a few hours, where you can enjoy the best snorkeling that Zanzibar has to offer. Whilst at Mnemba Island you will have the option of snorkeling these rich shallow reefs and drop-offs, or go for a paddle on 2 man kayaks which are carried on board.

NB: No one is allowed to approach closer than 100m to the island!

During your stay onboard the yacht, you will be served a professionally prepared lunch, served with wine and a selection of drinks. You will also have the use of 3 double cabins should you wish to escape the sun and have a rest en route back to Nungwi, each with their own bathroom and fresh hot or cold water shower.

24 hr Fishing Madness!

Kind of fishing available:
Trolling with artificial/combo lures, live/dead bait, Jigging, Popping, trolling at night for Sword Fish.

Fish available:
GT’s, Yellowfin, Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Barracuda, Shark, Dorado, Sword Fish, Dogtooth Tuna.

Best time to do it:
From September to early December, February to April.

3 Day West Coast of Pemba Island

Kind of fishing available:
Trolling with artificial/combo lures, live/dead bait, Jigging, Popping.

Fish available:
Yellowfin, Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Shark, Dorado, Barracuda, Big Eye Tuna, Dog Tooth Tuna, Swordfish (Night Time).

Best time to do it:
August to April.

3 Day – South Zanzibar Fishing Trip

Kind of fishing available:
Trolling with artificial/combo lures, live/dead baits, Jigging, Popping.

Fish available:
GT’s, Dog Tooth Tuna, Yellowfin tuna, Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Shark, Dorado.
4 Day – Pemba Island North Bank’s, “The Big Mountain”

All trips to the Sea Mount will require a minimum of two boats.

Kind of fishing available:
Trolling with artificial/combo lures, live/dead baits, Jigging, Popping, Trolling at night for Sword Fish.

Fish available:
Yellowfin tuna, Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Shark, Dorado, Big Eye Tuna, Broadbill Sword Fish.

Best time to do it:
October, November, February/ March/April.
3 Day – Latham island “GT’s and Doggie expedition”

Kind of fishing available:
Trolling with artificial/combo lures, live/dead bait, Jigging, Popping, trolling at night for Sword Fish.

Fish available:
GT’s, Dog Tooth Tuna, Yellowfin, Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Shark, Dorado.

Best time to do it:
October, November, February, March, April.
5 Day – Mafia Island

Kind of fishing available:
Trolling with artificial/combo lures, live/dead bait, Jigging, Popping, trolling at night for Sword Fish.

Fish available:
GT’s, Dog Tooth Tuna, Yellowfin tuna, Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Shark, Dorado.

Best time to do it:
October, November, February, March.

10 Day trip Kilwa

Kind of fishing available:
Trolling with artificial/combo lures, live/dead bait, Jigging, Popping, trolling at night for Sword Fish.

Fish available:
GT’s, Dog Tooth Tuna, Yellowfin, Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Shark, Dorado.

Best time to do it:
September, October, November, February, March, April.
Power Chumming

Kind of fishing available:
Live/dead bait, Jigging and Popping.

Fish available:
GT’s, Yellowfin, Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Shark, Dorado, Bonitos, Rainbow runner, Grouper.

Best time to do it:
All season.

Trip:
Full Day (8 hrs)

Fishing Tours

FISHING IN ZANZIBAR
The Island

Zanzibar – the spice island. Home to some of the best big game and deep sea fishing opportunities in the Indian Ocean. A day out on Big Game Fishing in the waters of Zanzibar, Latham Island, Mafia Island, Pemba Island and the famous Pemba channel is highly exciting! The deep sea fishing charter boats are fully rigged and ready to take you out for a fishing experience you will never forget!

The Fish

There are no less than six different types of billfish in the Zanzibar’s Pemba channel just north of Nungwi and your chances of catching at least 3 different types in a season are really good. Besides the billfish there are huge sharks (Mako, Tiger, Thresher and Hammerhead to name but a few), tuna fishing, large wahoo, king mackerel, dorado, barracuda, and record size giant trevally plus many others. In peak Marlin season, the bill fish move right up to the coast line to gorge themselves on the tuna, making the north of Zanzibar very interesting for enthusiastic anglers. These fish show inexhaustible displays of strength and a chance at a personal best is very good.
FISHING TRIPS IN DHOWS – HALF DAY (9.30 – 1.30)

Forget fishing in a modern fishing vessel with the latest in reels and rods and a fighting chair as well! This excursion offers you the unique opportunity to sail out to sea with a Zanzibari Dhow. You will be equipped with simple fishing gear by just fishing lines, with what locals are using to even catching kingfish, yellow fin tuna, barracuda and grouper. A real adventure!

Minimum 4+ Pax.

Tour of the historical stone town (Stone Town Tour): This introductory guided tour of Zanzibar, provides living evidence of a rich cultural heritage, where Arab, Indian, Persian and European influences blended with local African tradition. Historic buildings with elaborately carved wooden doors, shaded by balconies, loggias and verandas line the narrow winding streets. The tour include a visit to a Town Market, Slave Market, National Museum of Zanzibar, High Court Building, Old German Consulate, Africa House (former English Club), Tip-Tip House, Kelele Square, British Consulate, Orphanage Home, Old Fort, Forodhani Gardens, House of Wonders, Sultan Palace (now a Museum), Custom House, Old Dispensary, Old Harbour, etc.

Spice Tour: This guided tour offers a look at small farms in the rural area that grow cloves,
vanilla, nutmeg, cardamom and other spices, medicinal and ornamental plants, and tropical
fruits. This tour provides a rare experience to prove why Zanzibar is referred to as the “Spice
Island”. It also includes a visit to the Persian Baths build in 1850 by Seyyid Said bin Sultan (first Sultan of Zanzibar) for his wife Princes Shehrzard (grand-daughter of Fateh Ali Shah of Persia).

Prison Island: This tour includes a visit to the historic Prison Island with its giant land tortoise. The island was formerly owned by an Arab and used for confinement of refractory slaves. It was bought by General Mathews and the jail (gaol) which still stands was build in 1893 and hence the name “PRISON ISLAND”. While on the island you will be able to swim, sunbathe and snorkel.

Jozani Forest: This guided tour will take you to Jozani natural forest; the smaller trees and shrubs make several sub-canopies under the highest canopy. You will walk through the nature
trail of the forest, which is a habitat for many species of animals, and birds. It is famous for its Red Colobus Monkey, the rare specie. The Zanzibar RED COLOBUS has been isolated from
its mainland counterparts for at least ten to fifteen thousand years, thus producing distinct sub-species with different calls, eating habits and coat patterns. Jozani Forest has become the last stronghold in the world for this particular type of Colobus.

Dolphin Adventures: This tour will take you to one of the earlier capital of the Island
(KIZIMKAZI) where traces of an Old Shirazi settlement (probably a fort) may be seen in an
enclosure surrounded by a wall near the seashore. Near the walled enclosure is an ANCIENT
MOSQUE where an inscription records that the mosque was built in A. H. 500 (A. D. 1107) by a
Sheikh Seyyid Abi Amran, who appears to have been a local ruler. Out-side the mosque is a
well and graves of Sheriffs (descendants of the Prophet). You will then proceed to a small
fishing village where you will be taken for a boat ride (in a motorized local boat) in search of
dolphins (85% chances). Lunch will be served at Kizimkazi.

Safari Blue with lunch full day: This is a full day excursion on locally made traditional sailing dhows finished to the highest standard and fitted with outboard engines, marine VHF radios, gas inflatable life jackets, sunshade, boarding ladders, waterproof bags and first aid kit with DAN oxygen unit. The clients are collected from their hotel and transferred to the fishing village of Fumba, which is an ideal starting point to explore Menai Bay, now designated as a Conservation Area. The bay has a number of uninhabited islands and sandbanks and is frequented by humpback and bottlenose dolphins. You will then board the dhow and set off to explore the bay and find the dolphins (85% chances). This tour also includes snorkelling and lunch in Small Island or sand bank. After lunch there is an opportunity to join an experienced crew and sail on an “Ngalawa” or outrigger canoe made by hand from a single mango tree. The returning journey will be by sail, if wind permits.