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Zanzibar Archipelago Dhow cruises

Our most recommended Zanzibar Archipelago Dhow cruises

From Stone Town: Dhow Sailing Island Tour with BBQ Lunch

1. From Stone Town: Dhow Sailing Island Tour with BBQ Lunch

The trip begins at the fishing village, Fumba, in the southwest of the island, following hotel pickup and a 35-minute drive from Stone Town. Set sail on a custom, wooden sailing dhow directly to the some of the most fascinating natural sites in the tropical Indian Ocean.  The first stop is for snorkeling at the Kwale coral reef, which promises an overwhelming abundance of corals and colorful fish. Afterwards, relax on a paradisiacal sandbank with a snack of tropical fruits.  The next stop will be on Quail Island, where a beach barbecue seafood buffet awaits, consisting of octopus, lobster, grilled fish, calamari, one soft drink, and more tropical fruit. All the seafood you can imagine will be available to taste. Additional activities on the island include a short jungle walk to see and climb a 500 year-old Baobab tree, and a swim in a mangrove lagoon before sailing back to Fumba Village. Get dropped off at your hotel in Stone Town to conclude the tour.

Stone Town: Traditional Dhow Sunset Cruise

2. Stone Town: Traditional Dhow Sunset Cruise

Watch the sunset from the sea in Zanzibar and embark on this amazing experience.  Depart from Stone Town and take advantage of the steady winds that blow along the Swahili Coast.  Relax on a journey around the calm waters from Stone Town with refreshments as the sun dips below the horizon, and return to the beach in time for dinner. This sailing experience is great to see Zanzibar from a unique perspective and it is suitable for the whole family.

Kendwa: 2-hour Dhow Sunset Cruise

3. Kendwa: 2-hour Dhow Sunset Cruise

Experience a great evening and sail on a Dhow through the sunset. Enjoy the dusk on Zanzibar and grab a spot on the boat.  Depart from Kendwa and take advantage of the steady winds that blow along the Swahili Coast. Relax ona journey around the calm waters off Stone Town with refreshments as the sun dips below the horizon, and return back to the beach to finish a perfect day. Enjoy this evening adventure and create beautiful memories of the coast of Kendwa. You and your crew will do a two-hour nearshore cruise that is the perfect way to end the day.

From Zanzibar: Prison Island Walking Tour with Boat Transfer

4. From Zanzibar: Prison Island Walking Tour with Boat Transfer

Experience a local favorite, away from the big island of Zanzibar. Travel aboard a traditional dhow boat to the famous Prison Island and join a local guide on a walking tour. Surround yourself with fascinating wildlife, relax on the beach, and come across ancient ruins. Board the tourist dhow boat in Zanzibar and enjoy a short but scenic trip. Take in panoramic views of the ocean as you make your way to Prison Island. Embark on an insightful tour around this historic site, exploring old ruins and learning about their cultural relevance. Gaze at the exotic local wildlife and seize the possibility to observe peacocks, giant tortoises, and dik-diks. Take some time to unwind at the beach and go swimming or snorkeling if you wish to. Finally, board the dhow boat for a transfer back to Zanzibar.

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What people are saying about Zanzibar Archipelago

Super excursion of about 2 hours! We took full eyes of it. The staff on board were lovely and our guide was wonderful :) Thanks to him for showing interest in us, and for being available before, during and after.

We had a lot of fun and the guide went to a lot of trouble to make us feel comfortable.

It was a great tour with a wonderful sunset and two super friendly companions.