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A surf holiday in Zanzibar has gorgeous warm crystal clear waters and a consistent waist high wave along the barrier reef, along with a great lifestyle and many other water sport activities to choose from. Over a few days, you will have time to explore and improve in your surfing skills to a couple of spots that Zanzibar has to offer. Whether you are a beginner looking for easy going mellow waves or an advanced surfer looking for some big boy surf, you will find it in Zanzibar with Unique Surf Camp!
During this retreat, you will stay at Kitete Bungalows. It offers simple and clean accommodation which is located right on the best kite lagoon in Paje. Room interior has no exciting decorations but all rooms have air conditioner and hot water showers. All rooms are partial sea facing and you’ll get stunning views to Paje Beach and the pool. This place is one of the best places to go for you on a budget that don’t mind fancy rooms but still want to stay right on the beach.
The restaurant offers nice food at really affordable prices and downstairs you’ll also find a newly opened coffee shop located on Paje Beach. Paje is in between two Unique Surf Camp' surf spots. Kitete Bungalows is a great starting point for all surf and kite trips and lessons.
Coral Rock has been described as the jewel of Jambiani. The hotel’s exquisite location is unrivaled. Built atop an ancient coral rock that juts out into the ocean and flanked by two striking beaches, the hotel offers the ideal tropical island holiday. All of the rooms come with sea-views, terraces, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, and en-suite bathrooms.
Guests often spend hours staring out at the water where the changing of the tides reveals 100 shades of blue. Whether in the restaurant, bar, or any room in the hotel, visitors can experience the stunning beauty of these same sea views.
Situated between the two kite spots which are Paje and Jambiani, this Swahili styled comfort villa in Zanzibar offers all the bells and whistles you would expect. The property is straight on the beach and a nice sea-breeze guaranteed.
The spacious rooms are designed in a modern Swahili style. Each of the spacious rooms has an en-suite bathroom in a luxury setting and is equipped with a ceiling fan. The cool sea breeze around this villa won’t make you miss the air conditioner. This hotel is still very new and offers great comfort and a touch of luxury on a good budget.
Unique Surf Camp will take you out on the most famous Dongwe Doughnuts surf trip. This trip will be a 4-hour boat trip that will not only show you Zanzibar’s breaks, but also will give you the chance to experience the underwater world in two different ways.
Your boat trip will start either in Dongwe or Pingwe. From here, you will first reach the deep water channel in low tide where you can get to try unique underwater diving wing. Let the fun begin! Then, you will get towed behind the boat while holding on to the wing. By only wearing a snorkel mask, you can swim and dive like a dolphin, spin around underwater, and feel like a mermaid / merman.
Once you get better on the wing or you already know how to dive with it, you will experience great views by going along the coral and get to see many fish. After everybody in the boat got to try, you will head to Blue Lagoon which is by far the best snorkel spot on the southeast coast. You can grab some snacks on the boat and go for a snorkel in this gorgeous lagoon to meet lots of different fish.
With a bit of luck, you will be impressed by an appearance of sea horses. After a nice and relaxing break in the snorkel lagoon, you will head to Dongwe Doughnuts. After around 1.5 to 2 hours in the surf, you will head back to the boat and to the hotel to have a well-deserved rest.
The second and third day of surf, you will do activities depending on your skill level and needs. You will have a few more surf spots on hand especially if you already know how to surf. For beginners, you will go back to Dongwe Doughnuts and practice more on the inside section on the reef.
On really small days, you will move a few hundred meter further south to a spot called Vacanze. Further south along the coast, you will have your spots in Jambiani. These spots work great on calm days and are good fun for intermediate and advanced surfers. Depending on the group size, you will take a local sail boat out to the waves. The local Ngalawa boats are a great way to reach Zanzibar’s surf spots. You will help to put up the sail and balance the boats. It will be a great experience.
Surfing in Zanzibar is very tide dependent and usually has a window of 1.5 to 3 hours of surf. On good days and with the right tides and swells, you will get a 4-hour session. On average, you will spend around 2 hours in the waves on these trips. Depending on sailing or going by motor boat, you will be out for about 3 hours.
A good body balance is essential for every surfer. A great way to practice your balance and train your core is by stand-up paddling. It is fun and a good workout. Unique Surf Camp will make it even more special. One day of your surf week in Zanzibar, Unique Surf Camp will take you out on a very unique tour that takes place in Michamvi on the north Peninsula of the southeast coast.
Ruben and his SUP team will create a great way to explore a different side of Zanzibar. A tour through the mangrove forests will not be only great because you will get to see an interesting ecosystem, you will also learn from this tour about the mangrove forests and how the local community uses the area.
You can also have a short chill out on a sandbar island on the way and a swim in the sea are part of this trip. Perhaps, if you are lucky enough, you can watch your guide, Mario, catching some crabs on the way for his family.
Zanzibar is a coral island which creates endless sandy lagoons along its shores. It belongs to the United Republic of Tanzania and has a population of around 1.15 million friendly people. The water temperature is 27 degrees Celsius with white sandy bottom offer perfect kite conditions. The palm tree riddled coast line is a beautiful backdrop to the colorful kites.
The capital of Zanzibar is Zanzibar Town which consists of the historic center of Stone Town and its urban neighborhoods. The coast line of Zanzibar mainly consists of coral rocky shores with pristine white beaches. The west and south coast tend to be rockier but they do have some stunning beaches, sand islands, and amazing sunsets. The south east and north east coast have the longest beaches with a barrier reef over a kilometer away that runs the length of the island.
Paje is one of the most popular lagoons with about 5 square kilometers of perfect sandy bottom. It is a good place to do kiting even in the lowest spring tide. Neap tides in the quarter moons are generally the best teaching and training conditions and work well for the surf trips too. Spring low tides offer butter flat water for freestyle and choppy high tides for strapless riding. Paje is a great spot but it is often very crowded which can be unnerving for intermediate riders. Better and less crowded spots down the coast offer similar conditions but it can be more tide dependent.
Dongwe Dougnuts is a small fisher village on the south east coast. It is the surf spot that satisfies beginners and advanced surfers. Its outside section of the reef has beautiful right hander waves that get shoulder to head high waves on many days out. The inside section of this break has two different spots which are Jams and Tamarin Rights. Both of them are right hander waves that are very beginner friendly as you can stand up on the spot and the bottom is mostly sandy with only few rocks and sea grass.
Vacanze is a surf spot located a few hundred meters from Dongwe Doughnuts. This spot even breaks in the smallest swell and is cooking on the bigger days.
Jambiani has the best sandbar that exposes itself on mid to low tides and once it fills up a perfect waist deep teaching area appears. This spot cannot be kited on spring tides due to rockier shores. The wave spots run along the reef parallel to the coast line and offer a variety of different waves for different levels. The reef is generally safe over the right conditions and having a guide is highly recommended to maximize enjoyment and safety on the water.
Jambiani Beach is the famous J-box with a really long right hander wave and Kilimanjaro rocks, a wave that breaks in a cool setting close to two cement blocks that are leftovers of a ship wreck back in the days. These spots work great on calm days and are good fun for intermediate and advanced surfers.
Located in the south east coast, Michamvi has amazing sunsets from the Peninsula which then leads into Chwaka Bay and continues up the north east coast. Fishing villages are scattered along the shores of the island and with a “pole pole” way of life that creates a relaxed atmosphere. Coconuts and fresh fruits are sold on most of the beaches and are perfect for a snack during kite sessions.
Michamvi is unique because of its mangrove forests. A stand-up paddle tour through the mangrove forests will be great, not only because of its interesting ecosystem, but also because of its local community who knows how to use the area. Michamvi is a good place to chill out on a sandbar island as well as on the way, and swim.
Please book your flight to arrive at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ). Unique Surf Camp will pick you up at the airport and the transfer is included in the price.