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 & 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 & lazy days by the water, all that needs to be done is to drop anchor & pick up a cocktail.
Starting fromR25 880
Package ValiditySelected departure dates: JUN 2017 - SEP 2017
Duration7 days
Starts inNungwi
Ends inNungwi

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- 6 nights overnight boat accommodation
- Breakfast daily with selected lunches & dinners
- Touring & transport by boat


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Nungwi to Mnemba Island

Arrive in Zanzibar, an archipelago of over 40 islands with 4 main islands – Unguja, Pemba, Latham & Mafia. The islands of Zanzibar have been an important Indian Ocean trading post for centuries. The unique blend of faces, cuisine & beliefs found on the islands today reflects its history of cultural crosspollination. Though Zanzibar has been visited by many civilizations including the Chinese, Malay & Indonesians, it is the Persians & Arabs, who both ruled for a time, that have remained the strongest cultural influences.  

Over the next 7 days we’ll head north to swim, snorkel & paddle our way through waters teeming with marine life, visit sleepy villages & walk through the Ngezi rainforest while serenaded by the calls of vervet & red colobus monkeys.
The meeting time is at 2pm at the port in Nungwi. If there are travellers joining us from the Road to Zanzibar & Spice Islands Sailing trip we'll have a quick stop at Kwenda to pick them up. Once on-board formal introductions will take place & we’ll meet Mike, the skipper, & Marie, the cook - who will constantly surprise you with amazing delights whipped up from the small galley kitchen. After a thorough briefing & safety demonstration you’ll set sail for Mnemba Island.

Mnemba Island is located 3km off the north east coast of Unguja – which is better known as the island of Zanzibar. Only 500 metres in diameter the island is completely surrounded by reefs & is privately owned. Only those staying at the exclusive, & very expensive resort, are permitted to set foot on the island, however the reefs surrounding the island are a Marine Conservation area & the waters are known for excellent snorkelling with a wide variety of corals and marine life.

Special Information
Transport & accommodation
Please note you will be travelling on a real sailing catamaran which are big on deck space however the cabins are made for sleeping & that’s about it. This means there’s limited space so we highly recommend travelling with a backpack or soft sided back, both of which can fit in the small cupboards provided in each cabin. Remember the bigger the bag the smaller the space for you in the cabin!

Yellow fever vaccination
A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers who are arriving from, or have transited through, countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.

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Zanzibar Archipelago

Today you’ll have an early breakfast & set sail north into the Zanzibar Archipelago. There is a very strong chance of seeing bottlenose dolphins & large pods of spinner dolphins & from July through to September [peak time is August] the Pemba Channel is on migration route of the Humpback whales so you may also catch a glimpse of these majestic & gentle animals. The channel is also known to be one of the best fishing destinations in the world & so you can cast out a fishing line & hope to catch tonight’s dinner.

We should arrive mid-afternoon & anchor in the Njao Gap, an absolutely stunning destination & the perfect place for a snorkel, kayak or paddle. Visibility is usually excellent here with green & hawksbill turtles, napoleon wrasse, giant groupers, titan trigger fish as well as a variety of corals can be sighted.

After breakfast we’ll head ashore to Pemba Island or Green Island as it was known by the first Arab settlers from Oman. Collectively Pemba, Unguja [Zanzibar] & Mafia Islands are known as the Spice Islands. Pemba is famous for its cloves, which are farmed in large scale, as well as smaller farming of coconuts, rice & bananas. We set off on a hike through the Ngezi Rainforest [closed in shoes recommended] in the hope of spotting red colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys & flying foxes. The flying foxes were once close to extinction however in recent years, thanks to an effective protection program, numbers are now estimated to be 20,000. After the hike we can also visit a local fishing village for some cultural interaction & have a local lunch [not included] or head back to the yacht for lunch.

In the afternoon we head back to the boat for more amazing snorkelling. Pemba is one of the top snorkelling locations in Tanzania as the whole island is surrounded by reef. The day is finished with a sundowner & a well-earned dinner on-board.

In the morning we sail south from Pemba to Uvinje Gap, where we spend the rest of the day kayaking, paddling, snorkelling or just relaxing on-board. Uvinje Gap is known to have 5 species of turtle, green, hawksbill, loggerhead, leatherback & olive ridley & there is a huge variety of large & small reef fish – kingfish, jacks, napoleons, parrotfish, eels & barracudas. There is also a diverse assortment of corals. Visibility ranges from 40-50 metres making it a fantastic for snorkelling.

This afternoon we sail to Mesali Island where we will anchor overnight. Home to pristine white beaches we’ll enjoy a beach side BBQ of fresh fish.
Mesali Island is part of a conservation area with only a restricted number of local fisherman permitted to fish the waters for limited time periods. As a result the marine life is abundant & untouched coral reefs. It is thought that there is more variety of coral here than any other location in Tanzania. Hawksbill turtles nest on the beaches, dolphins, tuna, wahoo, rays, parrotfish, cuttlefish, & kingfish populate the waters.

We start early today to begin the crossing of the channel on our way, sadly, back to Nungwi. We should arrive by mid to late afternoon. For our last night on-board Marie will create something special & as we watch the sunset we’ll toast to an amazing sailing adventure.

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This exotic adventure comes to an end after breakfast.


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