Zanzibar Fishing Tour

Zanzibar Big Game Fishing is a Thrilling Experience Never to Be Forgotten!

Zanzibar Island is renowned for its prime deep-sea fishing sites where big game fish grow well. In the northern region of Zanzibar, there is a channel that lies between Zanzibar and Pemba which offers several year-round deep sea angling opportunities for Barracuda, Wahoo, Kingfish and Giant Travelli as well as seasonal visits of other species such as Yellowfin Tuna and Billfish. During a Zanzibar Beach Holiday, both fishing enthusiasts and experienced anglers can try their hand at snagging the big catches that dominate the Indian Ocean waters.

The fishing trip is conducted on board a custom-built and well-equipped deep-sea boat that is fitted with GPS navigational instruments, fish finders and echo sounders. You will have an assigned an on board expert skipper with vast experience who makes sure that you are guided through the essentials of fishing irrespective of your experience. If you are a beginner who needs hand-in-hand guidance or a specialist angler who needs local ocean expertise from a captain who fishes daily in finding your preferred fish, and guiding you on needed techniques for reeling it in well.

Kindly note that all IGFA fishing regulations and other international safety and ethical measures are strictly complied with. Tanzanian officials who represent the marine authority in Zanzibar conduct annual inspections, sometimes on demand, to make sure they are safe and abiding for visiting travellers. Travellers are welcome to carry their own tackle, but the boats have all the necessary equipment you will need on board. As per the conservation rules, you will be required to tag and release your catch. However, if you have caught a fish for the very first time or if it is the biggest you have ever caught, you will be permitted to keep it for a meal or as a sale memento as part of your tour of Zanzibar. You could also keep it if it could set a new Zanzibar record.

Normally Zanzibari fishing trips are conducted by trawling with two to seven lines trailing from the boats but for those people who are interested in trying fly fishing or bottom fishing around the off the reef around Nungwi, you can communicate it with the boat captain. Other fishing techniques such as spinning, jigging and popping can be applied as well. The Big Game Fishing Boats do have a collection of lures for you to try on board.

August to November are the ideal months for catching the yellowfin tuna – they are among the toughest fish in the Indian Ocean. September to March is an ideal period to try your hand on the incredible fighting spirit of the large billfish (50 to 100kgs), a period when about six species flock the area to feast on the tuna. Also, present (September to December) are the swordfish, sailfish or shortbill spearfish whereas stripped marlins are caught from December to March.

At Tanzania Horizon Safaris, we can help you plan your fishing trip in Zanzibar at any time of the year. We recommend travellers interested in big game fishing to stay at the Nungwi beach area: Mnarani Beach Cottages and Hideaway Nungwi Resort & Spa are excellent places to stay with superb beach stretches and within short distance to excellent fishing areas. However, we are flexible to offer road transfer from Stone Town or any other location in Zanzibar Island.


The safari and tour prices include

  • Transfers from/to any Stone Town hotel
  • Captain
  • Fishing Gear
  • Mineral water

What to bring with you

  • Comfortable walking shoes and a hat
  • Suncream / Protection