Zanzibar Island Tours
Sunset Dhow Cruise in Zanzibar
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Sunset Dhow Cruise in Zanzibar

By Safanta Tours & Travel
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Ages 0-75, max of 2 per group
Duration: 2h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • Experienced Professional Tour guide
  • Entrances Fees
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Boat charter
  • Transport waiting charge
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
What's not included
  • Medical Insurance
  • International Flights
  • Visa
  • Airport Taxes
  • Expenses of a personal Nature


Start:
  • Livingstone Beach Restaurant, House 48 Shangani St, Zanzibar 3661, Tanzania
    The drop and pick-up point will be at Living Stone Restaurant beach front whereas check-in time is advisable at 16h45 whilst departure time is 17h00.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 104999P10

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 104999P10

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    • House 48 Shangani St, Zanzibar 3661, Tanzania
      The drop and pick-up point will be at Living Stone Restaurant beach front whereas check-in time is advisable at 16h45 whilst departure time is 17h00.
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      The Zanzibar sunset cruise begins when you board a dhow at a nearby beach. A variety of Snacks, beer and soft drinks are served. This are perfectly chilled to your like. The sail takes you to a round trip of Zanzibar. This is another side of Zanzibar from the ocean. The guides will point out the attractions from the boat. Info and stories are told on the same. Enjoy some music as the dhow glides further in to the sea. Sit back, enjoy and relax. The quit sea and cool breeze will enlighten your spirit. It is an awesome feeling. Your breath will be taken away by the wonder of the fiery golden-sun setting beyond the horizon as it makes the sky a magical canvas of shades of pinks, purples, blues and orange. As you head back for stone town the wind gently blows into the Latin sail which is truly mesmerizing. Our sunset cruises leave Stone Town in the late afternoon to cruise along the coast, slicing through the clear turquoise water.
    About the operator
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    • Safanta Tours & Travel
      15
      Stone Town, Tanzania
      Joined in March 2018
    • rosannec580
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Tumbatu Island tour from Stone Town
      We booked the tour through the Spice Palace hotel In Stone Town. Picked up at our hotel drove to Nungwi then took a small boat to what we thought was Tumbatu Island. It was so rough We were soaked when we got close to an Island (Not Tumbatu) the 2 fellows managing the Boat told us we snorkel now and go to beach later. It was very rough water. We snorkeled for about 30 minutes . Got back In the boat, again ,it was very rough water. Took us back to Nungwi. Oh and was offered Fruit in the boat. It was just as rough going Back. Again we were soaked. Nobody Mentioned why we didn't get to Tumbatu Island. We paid the driver $70 USD and the Boat operators $80USD . 3 middlemen along The way , so who knows who got what. A real rip off.
      Written 17 February 2023
    • stressedtravelsuk
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Misleading booking
      We paid 200 dollars for what we were told was a private tour of the forest. We had 10 people with us on our tour and at one point had to share the private taxi booked at the tour guides insistence. As the others in the tour included young bored children the tour raced through in about 30 minutes. The forest is beautiful and well worth a visit but do not go with this operator.
      Written 5 January 2021
    • NathanMcGrugan
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dhow sunset cruise
      Booked via Expedia and the company couldn't of been more professional, prior to the tour they contacted me to arrange a pick up from my hotel to take me to the boat. The tour it's self was very enjoyable and the staff couldn't of been anymore friendly and informative. I would definitely recommend using them, especially when your trying to arrange tours prior to your arrival.
      Written 13 December 2020
    • Hassan O
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      "Great tour"
      I spent enjoyable days with Safanta to visit Stone Town and many beautiful places. It was a pleasant tour in my life, they offer very competitive prices, very friendly guide and take care of us very much, everything is well. Wonderful experience unforgettable, highly recommended !!
      Written 23 May 2020
    • SHB_DCRW
      0 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Uzi Island Tour - nothing but exploitation
      My fiance and I had reached out to a few companies regarding a tour of Uzi Island and Safanta was the only ones to get back to us. Their price of $100 pp seemed a bit high, but it is a bit of a drive from Stone Town, snorkeling, and a turtle conservation were included so we went with it. Communication was easy, they adjusted the lunch based on food allergies, and the driver and guide were pleasant and prompt. Upon getting to Uzi Island the tour started off wonderfully. We met with a guide/village elder (not really sure what to call him) and he was talking about the mangrove trees, seaweed farms, birds, all the different things that are important to the island. Once we got into the village is where things really went poorly and the basis for the rating given. First he takes us to the new hospital that was just built in the village to show it off, then he takes us to the current one and pulls a Red Cross volunteer that away from the class she was teaching to come talk to us. My fiance and I move back to the road as we are very uncomfortable with what is going on and we're left standing there for some time while the local guide is busy chatting with others. After the hospital we swing by the school (thankfully it was holiday break so he didn't interrupt classes). The tour continues with a walk through his village, exploiting every person and household along the way. We eventually make it to his house where fruit and water are offered, but he says lunch isn't quite ready yet. So we sit in his yard for almost 2 hours doing nothing. At some point in the 2 hours he does mention the endangered hawksbill turtle and the conservation efforts and we get excited that we may get to the conservation place. Nope, the conservation place is a single turtle that he keeps in a glorified babies bathtub next to his house. Considering this species status as critically endangered we're pretty sure what he's doing is massively illegal (note: we did contact a couple different people upon return to stone town to report this). He comes and goes and eventually asks us if we would like to have lunch where we are or walk a few minutes to have lunch on the beach. We opt for the beach in hopes of being somewhere where there's some air movement. The "beach" he takes us to is a mangrove swamp. He lays out a blanket and we're left to sit and wait another hour while he takes the driver and guide from Safanta to show them some things and talk about his big plans. Finally lunch arrives and it's good. Then we get on the boat (the tour detail said canoe, not motor boat) and he takes us through the mangroves and seaweed farms. But it's still not quite high tide so we're pretty sure that he's damaging the seaweed farms by taking the boat through at that water level. When we get into some of the narrower passage ways he starts pointing out some of the birds nesting in the trees. They are beautiful and we start taking pictures, then he proceeds to run the boat into the one tree that a bunch of nests are in, clapping and making all kind of noise to rile up the birds. We ask him to please stop and let the birds be so he begrudgingly moves on. He tries to take us down another canal and we finally say please just take us back to the vehicle. Turns out in order to do that we have to go down another narrow canal because he had the driver move the van back to the mainland. Yes, the road to the island gets underwater during high tide but it was the winter solstice new moon, even high tide at that point isn't enough to cover the road so we had issues getting the boat to the point on the road he was trying to get us too. The local man also seemed very confused as to why the water levels were what they were and told us he can't control the tides. He is correct, he can't control the tides, but they are predictable. After walking about a half mile back to the van we're asked for payment. My fiance is voicing our displeasure to the local man while I'm voicing it to the driver and guide from Safanta. At no point during our tour was snorkeling gear ever available nor were we in a place where snorkeling is advisable. The guide from Safanta did call back to the office to let them know of our displeasure and they did reach out to me later that day. They had offered us another one of their tours for free to make up for our experience with Uzi Island, but unfortunately that was our last day in Zanzibar and we flew back to the US the next day. The ease of initial communication and the attempt to make it right are the only reason this is not a 0 star review.
      Written 9 January 2020
    • cristinafG3713IT
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Spice tour with cooking class
      We have done a private spice tour with cooking class and had a great time. Communication was really easy through watsup and they have also arranged our transport from nungwi until stonetown together with the tour. They have adapt to our budget and accommodate our requests. Liftia gave us the cooking class and she was also great! Would recommend!
      Written 8 December 2019
    • GlobeTrotting782097
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Absolutely wonderful sunset cruise
      This was the highlight of our time in Stone Town. The crew was awesome. We had two musicians playing Taarab music during the cruise. We were treated to beverages and aperitifs, the captain was skilled, and it was a most enjoyable cruise. The sunset was beautiful. I would recommend it to anyone who likes sailing and sunsets!
      Written 7 October 2018
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    b0ernie0ne
    Berlin, Germany26 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The ride in the mango tree was funny. This feeling
    turns quickly into annoyed lack of understanding.
    When the sailor starts to destroy the boatride with
    his forcing staccato "tip the captain ! tip the captain !". 40 mns after starting the boat has stopped for disembarking.
    The captain charged 40 USD in total. These moments reveal
    insane excess by locals and the lack of evaluate a delivered
    performance in relation to the price. A sad effect from
    growing tourism from the western world.
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    Written 2 December 2023
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    Virginia D
    104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went on a sunset cruise on a cloudy day, so missed the magnificent sunsets we had seen in previous days in Stone Town. It didn't matter so much, the Dhow named Inshallah was lovely to sail on, with many visitors opting to go up on the top deck. The view from the lower area was fine.

    We were treated to delicious snacks including cassava chips, calamari and cheese filled samosas. There was plenty of juice and water for children and beer and wine for adults.

    Entertainment was provided by the traditional drummer and our host who was an absolute showman.
    Written 30 June 2023
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    Veronica T
    3 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Couples
    This listing is a scam. The tour operator never showed up and when we called they claimed the tour was canceled. The restaurant where we were supposed to meet had never heard of the tour operator, and the contact number has a South Korean country code. Don't book this.
    Written 7 January 2024
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