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Sandbank boat trip in Zanzibar

Make a boat trip to discover the most beautiful sand bank islands around Zanzibar and have a picnic while enjoying the crystal clear waters that are ideal for snorkeling

Sandbank boat trip in Zanzibar vacation with Tanzania Horizon Safaris.

Sandbank boat trip in Zanzibar with Tanzania Horizon Safaris.

Embark on a Sandbank Boat Trip in Zanzibar for an unforgettable island experience. Discover the hidden Bawe Island of Zanzibar, Nakupenda island or Tire Island by embracing your sense of wonder and exploring the kaleidoscopic depths in the Indian Ocean and sandbank on this half-day tour from Stone Town, Zanzibar. This dhow trip sailing experience takes travelers to some of spectacular places that surprise and delight guests. With our local expertise, we always help visitors by checking and confirming the tide levels with an aim to ensure that they get the most out of their experience to areas that are idyllic hidden treasures that very few visitors get to enjoy. As they say, if you are going to do it, do it right – we strive to advice travelers the best periods to enjoy this unique trip.

Visitors in Zanzibar can board daily scheduled dhow trips to Bawe subject to tide of the day and weather conditions. This interesting excursion is suitable for travellers who would like to enjoy a discovery Indian Ocean experience with snorkeling, swimming and lunch taken on a sandbank. This half day tour is conducted between 9:30am – 3:30pm and it is a great choice for those who would like to enjoy some relaxation with some adventure and rejuvenation.

Guests onboard the dhow sail towards the Bawe Island where you can enjoy some stunning snorkeling with a guide. There is a beautiful array of colored corals and tropical fish around the small island of Bawe to see and/or capture some spectacular underwater photography. Thereafter, guests get back onboard and continue to sail to a sandbank where brilliant birdlife exists.

Guests enjoy lunch meals in a seemingly uninhabited and quiet sandbank in the ocean which is coloured by varied birdlife flying across the area. It’s common to sight crabs scurrying across the golden sands. After lunch guests can enjoy a relaxed busking moment on the sandbank while listening to the whistling birds around them and the soft sounds of the lapping turquoise ocean waves against the shore. For those who would like to enjoy more underwater life around the sandbank they can do so and for those who would like to listen to the knowledgeable guides share stories as well as their knowledge about the ecology can do so in a relaxed yet enchanting atmosphere.

After a relaxed period of soaking up the sun at the sandbank, the sail back to Stone Town will begin and return back to the shoreline or waterfront area around Stone Town.

Duration: 6 Hours (9:00am – 3:30pm)

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  • Guide/captain for your entire trip
  • Transfers from/to any Stone Town hotel

  • Dhow trip to Bawe Island / Nakupenda Island / Tire Island

  • Snorkeling gear

  • Lunch meal

  • Bottled water
  • alcoholic beverages
  • flights
  • accommodation

Absolutely yes. We will arrange all airport transfers for you from and to the airport so that you don’t have to worry about how to get to your hotel. One of our drivers or guides will come to pick you up and take you back to the airport. This is already included in our offers and services.

A private departure can be arranged at any time according to your individual travel dates for highest flexibility. A group departure has a planned schedule on a specific date and let you share some costs while travelling. So if you are on a budget and want to meet friends from all over the world you can join one of our groups.

Absolutely yes. Our handpicked hotels all offer you to safely store your luggage during your climb. In this way you can leave all gear that you won’t need during your climb at the hotel. That is very convenient if you are planning to go on a safari or to Zanzibar after your hike.

Tanzania Horizon Safaris has worked out a very transparent cancellation policy. In most cases we can offer a voucher if you have  to postpone your travel. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please note that deposits are non-refundable as they have to be used for making reservations for your hotel and transport.

*If a booking is cancelled the client is subject to a cancellation fee as follows:

  • until 4 weeks prior to departure – 30% Cancellation Fee
  • 4-2 weeks prior to departure – 50% Cancellation Fee
  • 2-1 weeks prior to departure – 75% Cancellation Fee
  • less then 1 week prior to departure – 100% Cancellation Fee: The company reserves the right to cancel any tour at its sole and absolute discretion, without prior notification in instances where this is unavoidable. However, in that case the company agrees to refund all money that has already been paid by the client. This shall be the company’s sole responsibility to the client and no claim for any damages, howsoever arising, shall accrue against the company.
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