5 unforgettable water activities you have to do in ZanzibarSeptember 22, 2017
Plan to test the waters on you visit to Zanzibar.
Zanzibar… You just have to mention the name and immediately a picture of endless white sandy beaches and alluring turquoise water comes to mind. This dreamy destination is at the top of many travellers’ lists when searching for an exotic island holiday mixed with culture and history.
The first thing that will grab your attention as you fly over the island on your arrival is the water. It is an unforgettable, all shades of blue sight. It is something that you have to see for yourself to truly understand the beauty of it.
The crystal-clear turquoise water of the Indian Ocean surrounding Zanzibar is not just pretty to look at. It is even better when you are in it!
Here is our list of 5 unforgettable water activities you have to do in Zanzibar:
1. Snorkel & Scuba Dive
A popular activity on the island is definitely snorkelling and Scuba Diving. Zanzibar boasts incredible coral reefs, home to more than 450 species of fish and other marine life. Even though you are able to snorkel almost anywhere around the island the recommended snorkel and dive sites are around the famous Mnemba Atoll, a marine conservation area.
The conditions are perfect as the water temperatures range from 24-25C in July/August to 28-29C in January/February. The water is super clear with an average visibility underwater year-round from 12-18m and can exceed 30m!
Visiting the island without getting a glimpse of this spectacular underwater world is definitely something you will regret.
2. Swimming with dolphins
This is probably an activity on every single person’s bucket list. Swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat is incredible but it is important to remember that it is not like the movie Flipper where you play with them. They are wild and free and that’s how they should remain. It is more a case of swimming close to dolphins than with dolphins, and that’s exactly how nature would want it.
The most popular dolphin spotting location in Zanzibar is on the Southern coast where you can see both bottle-nose and humpback dolphins. There are many different operators offering this activity but we encourage you to do your homework first and make sure you go through a reputable company as there are some offering unethical dolphin encounters. Be prepared to get up very early as most tours start at sunrise because the water tends to become warmer as it gets later, therefore dolphins dive deep down the sea bottom to escape heat.
When you jump in the ocean with dolphins swimming around you get to experience their world for just a few minutes and to feel their presence right underneath you. Remember though that dolphins are always on the move so be ready to jump on and off the boat quite often!
Admire the view from above and not just from underwater with a thrilling parasailing experience. You are harnessed into a parachute that is connected to a speed boat. Zanzibar Watersports uses a line that stretches 984 feet (300 m), so that you can reach heights of more than 400 feet (122 m) above the water.
The best part is that you don’t have to do it alone. Most operators offer tandem parasailing experiences so that you can enjoy the breath-taking views with your other half or bestie.
4. Water skiing and wake-boarding
This one is for the adrenalin junkies and thrill seekers. The water around Zanzibar is calm for the most part of the year, perfect for water skiing and wake-boarding. You will have to hold on tight for this one as the boats speed off while you ski on top of the water on either 2 skis or for an easier option on a wake-board.
5. Kite Boarding
Not as fast as skiing but still as adventurous is kite boarding. It is a popular sport around the world where you ride on a small surfboard that is propelled across the water by a large kite which you are harnessed to. Kite boarding is not available all year round in Zanzibar as you will need wind for this activity. The best months for kite boarding are December – March and June – September.
Zanzibar’s water has to be explored and not just admired from the side line. Don’t get us wrong, we don’t think there is anything wrong with enjoying some time just lazing around on the white sandy beaches with a cocktail in your hand though. After all, that is what island holidays are for too.
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