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Our most recommended Zanzibar Cruises & boat tours

Zanzibar: Prison Island Tour with Lunch on the Sandbank

1. Zanzibar: Prison Island Tour with Lunch on the Sandbank

Your Zanzibar adventure begins with a visit to Prison Island, purchased in 1893 by Lloyd Mathews, the British First Minister of Zanzibar at the time. Mathews constructed a prison complex on the island which is still visible today, however no prisoners were ever housed on the island and instead it became a quarantine station for yellow fever sufferers. On the island, spend some time exploring the area and discover the collection of over 50 tortoises that live here, some of which are more than 100 years old. Learn about why the tortoises call the island their home, as well as taking photos and feeding them too. The island is also home to peacocks and small antelope too. Once you’ve explored the island, enjoy the opportunity to cool off from the hot weather with a refreshing dip in the surrounding crystal clear waters. Spend some time snorkeling in the water just off the island and search for colorful tropical fish and vibrant coral reef. After you’ve worked up an appetite from swimming, relax on the sandbank with a delicious lunch including a seafood BBQ, Swahili cuisine, cheese, tropical fruit, and more.

Stone Town: Stone Town and Prison Island Private Day Trip

2. Stone Town: Stone Town and Prison Island Private Day Trip

See the National Museum of Zanzibar (rebuilt in 1883) and the Arab fort while passing along bazaar streets towards the famous Freddie Mercury house. See the old slave market, fruit market, and spice market — don’t miss the classic Zanzibar curved doors decorating the stone town.  After you have explored Stone Town, you’ll have an opportunity to take a short break before heading to Prison Island. Prison Island is also known as Changuu Island, the nickname came from the island being used by some sultans of Zanzibar to detain enslaved people. While you are on this island, you can swim and take pictures with giant tortoises. 

Zanzibar City: Sunset Sailing Tour with Snacks and Drinks

3. Zanzibar City: Sunset Sailing Tour with Snacks and Drinks

My name is khamis Juma l am from Zanzibar born and raised Unguja' Zanzibar, I am working as tour guide for more then 8yrs here on the beautiful island spices of Zanzibar, l do love my work and am very well experienced on my work I and my team work are very well prepared to make sure the tour going well as everyone expect pleasure trip of the day and l absolutely will make a tour perfect Sunset tour" will take a place from 5:00 and get on boat starting sunset tour including all snakes that will be delicious bits and make tour amazing captain boat will drive/sailing all together very friendly calm waters along the ocean close to the nice waves and beaches along the tour tourists can see beautiful colourful birds. The activity cost all inclusive meals, fruits, drinks, soft drinks, sweets, snacks, boat, transport from hotel to the beach and return.

Nungwi Village Tour with Lunch and Optional Sunset Cruise

4. Nungwi Village Tour with Lunch and Optional Sunset Cruise

Discover Nungwi Village and its natural beauty at the northern end of the Tanzanian island of Unguja, familiarly known as Zanzibar. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the people wth a local guide and learn about what the village is doing for nature conservation. Start the tour with being picked up from your hotel and make your way to your first stop, Mnarani Aquarium. See green and hawksbill sea turtles, sheltered in the tidal lagoon of the Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond. Off the coast, there are coral reefs teeming with colorful fish including Hunga and Leven Bank. Then, take in the beauty of the wide, palm-lined Nungwi Beach. Visit a nearby boat-building yard where traditional dhow boats are built. See how these local boats are made from scratch. For lunch, sit down to a delicious Swahili meal and try local flavors. Choose the sunset cruise option to experience riding in a traditional dhow. End your day tour with sailing out from Kendwa and see the unmissable Zanzibar sunset.

Zanzibar: Ethical Dolphin Tour with Island Picnic

5. Zanzibar: Ethical Dolphin Tour with Island Picnic

Go on an ethical dolphin tour with boat captains who are specially trained to operate sustainably and respectfully towards the dolphins. As well as dolphin watching, enjoy a full day of fun activities by including a picnic on the Invisible Island and snorkeling in the nearby coral reefs. Get an early start in the morning with pickup from your hotel in Stone Town. Then, drive for around 30 minutes to thefishing village, Kizimkazi, whose shores are home to several pods of humpback and bottlenose dolphins. Experience the once-in-a-lifetime chance of spotting dolphins in the protected Menai Bay Conservation Area. Conditions permitting, you will also have the chance to swim with the dolphins.  Rest and enjoy a picnic lunch on the Invisible Island. Go for a swim, snorkel, or gaze out at the beauty of the Indian Ocean.

Zanzibar Full-Day Cruise on the Sandbank and Island

6. Zanzibar Full-Day Cruise on the Sandbank and Island

Arrive by car at Fumba village and continue with a wooden boat cruise to Sandbank. The crew will set up your tent while you chill on the sandbank paradise. Enjoy a glass of Tanzania cold white wine, soft drinks, and exotic fruits. Head to Kwale island, where you will get to your seafood barbeque table under the shade for a delicious lunch. Go swimming, snorkeling, or relax on the shore. Take a short walk on the other side of the island to enjoy the lagoon and the 500 years old baobab tree before taking a traditional Dhow sailing vessel to return to the main island.

Zanzibar: Full-Day Protected Chumbe Island Tour w. Lunch

7. Zanzibar: Full-Day Protected Chumbe Island Tour w. Lunch

Snorkel in the most colorful underwater world with a huge variety of fish, corals, turtles and other fascinating sea creatures. Learn about the marine life, forest, and nature reserve from professional guides. Enjoy a tour of one of the eco-bungalows available for overnight guests, and taste the delicious Swahili cuisine for lunch. The Chumbe Island Coral Park is an award-winning private nature reserve and one of the last pristine coral islands around. It is the home of many rare and endangered animals that are protected here. The park includes a fully protected coral reef sanctuary and forest reserve, a visitor and education center, nature trails, historical ruins, and eco-bungalows for overnight guests. Snorkeling gear and wetsuits are available to borrow before your experienced guide and a professional marine biologist take you on the most beautiful snorkeling tour you may have ever experienced. The almost untouched reef includes over 400 species of fish, more than 200 species of corals, turtles, friendly sharks, and many more. After you return, a delicious buffet with dessert is served. The rest of the day you can relax at the beach, enjoy the many sitting areas at the education center and around the island, or you can go on a guided nature trail walk. As a Marine Protected Area, the number of guests on the island is limited to 14 persons. Day trip bookings can only be made if there is availability in the lodge. This means that we can only take advance bookings for overnight stays and not for day trips (which can be booked a couple of days beforehand).

From Stone Town: Dhow Sailing Island Tour with BBQ Lunch

8. 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

9. 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.

From Zanzibar: 5-Day Tour of Nyerere National Park

10. From Zanzibar: 5-Day Tour of Nyerere National Park

Explore Selous Game Reserve/ Nyerere National Park, the largest protected game reserve on the African continent. Flying in early in the morning from Zanzibar to Selous. Enjoy several activities in the area and a full day game drive., while staying overnight at our Africa Safari Selous accommodation. After four nights and five days of exploring you will fly back to Zanzibar. You will be picked up early in the morning at the hotel you are staying for a transfer to the airport. From here you will catch your flight from Zanzibar to Selous Game Reserve/Nyerere National Park. Once you have arrived, your shared safari game drive will start in the largest Game Reserve of the African Continent, with a mid-morning coffee/tea break. During the game drive you will explore the wildlife and environment of Tanzania. Our driver guides have a lot of experience about the area and the wildlife and love to tell you everything about it. Experience an authentic safari bush lunch in the middle of the National Park! During break-time a warm lunch will be served at set tables in the bush. After lunch you will continue with the game drive. After enjoying a full day game drive you will head towards our Africa Safari Selous accommodation. After check-in you will be shown your Banda Bungalow where you can take a nice shower and go to the restaurant to enjoy your dinner. The following morning, after breakfast, you will enjoy another full day game drive in the Beho Beho area, attracting incredible birdlife as well as hippos and crocodiles. Here you will also visit the Hot Springs. Don ´ t forget to bring your swimsuit as you will get the chance to swim here! On the third day you will start exploring the surroundings of Selous by joining a walking safari in the bush. Enjoy a nice warm lunch when returning to the accommodation. After lunch our driver will take you to the Rufiji River, where you will join a boat safari. The Rufiji River is the largest and longest river in Tanzania and one of the few places where it is possible to see wildlife from the water. You will for example see hippos, crocodiles and many species of birds. When lucky you might even see an elephant or giraffe drinking from the river! The following morning, after breakfast, you will enjoy another full day game drive in the Beho Beho area. Get your camera ready and be ready to be amazed by the environment and wildlife! After spending the last night in Africa Safari Selous, you will be brought to the airstrip of Selous Game Reserve / Nyerere National Park, from where your flight back to Zanzibar will depart. From here our driver will be awaiting you to bring you back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Zanzibar

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Haij was the best tour guide! He was knowledgeable and explained everything so perfectly to us. He tailor made this private tour to suit our needs and was prompt, honest and was excellent value for money. We would recommend Upendo tours and Haij when visiting Zanzibar!

Haji was a great guide! Speaks German very well, can tell a lot about history and is open, helpful and flexible. The tour is great value for money. Clear recommendation!

Hamdu was really helpful. He took his time when taking us round town and was very patient when we wanted to stop for pictures or for more information.

We had the most incredible experience, every part of the trip was amazing, people, food, information and the snorkelling!! Highly recommended

Very nice activity. Great guide, her name is Aziza and driver Jumy.