Zanzibar Spice Islands Sailing Adventure
30% OFF SAILING ADVENTURES BEFORE 31 JULY, 2018
Discover the idyllic island oasis off the coast of East Africa!
The Zanzibar archipelago is a stunning collection of 40 islands sprinkled across the Indian Ocean, each with a dazzling array of coral reefs to snorkel, rainforests to explore and fishing villages to visit. Choose to bliss out on deck on a chartered boat, dive into the crystal waters or cast a line overboard. With most meals served on deck and lazy days by the water, all that needs to be done is to drop anchor and pick up a cocktail.
Valued at $2,520 per person.
NOW only from $1,585* per person
Hurry, this offer is only available on departures before 31 July, 2018.
6 nights accommodation onboard the catamaran
6 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
During tour transport via catamaran and dinghy
Intimate group size of no more than 8 people
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TRIP
Go ashore and hike through the Ngezi Rainforest, a gigantic spread of indigenous
Visit a local fishing village for some cultural interaction
Snorkel among a stunning collection of corals and colourful fish
Enjoy a BBQ dinner of freshly caught fish while watching a stunning sunset
Day 1: Kendwa
Arrive in Zanzibar, an archipelago of over 40 islands with 4 main islands – Unguja, Pemba, Latham and Mafia. The islands of Zanzibar have been an important Indian Ocean trading post for centuries. The unique blend of faces, cuisine and beliefs found on the islands today reflects its history of cultural crosspollination. Though Zanzibar has been visited by many civilizations including the Chinese, Malay and Indonesians, it is the Persians and Arabs, who both ruled for a time, that have remained the strongest cultural influences.
Over the next 7 days you’ll head north to swim, snorkel and paddle your way through waters teeming with marine life, visit sleepy villages and walk through the Ngezi rainforest, listen out for the sounds of bush babies.
The meeting time is at 2pm at the Sunset Bungalows in Kendwa on the North Coast of Zanzibar. If there are travellers joining the tour from the Road to Zanzibar & Spice Islands Sailing trip you will meet them here. The catamaran will be moored just off the beach near the Bungalows and you will be collected by a crew member and taken to the boat by dinghy. Once on board formal introductions will take place and you will meet the skipper, and the cook – who will constantly surprise you with amazing delights whipped up from the small galley kitchen.
After a thorough briefing and safety demonstration you’ll set sail for Mnemba Island. Mnemba Island is located 3km off the north east coast of Unguja – which is better known as the island of Zanzibar. Only 500 metres in diameter the island is completely surrounded by reefs and is privately owned. Only those staying at the exclusive, and very expensive resort, are permitted to set foot on the island, however the reefs surrounding the island are a Marine Conservation area and the waters are known for excellent snorkelling with a wide variety of corals and marine life.
Days 2 – 6: Zanzibar Archipelago
Have an early breakfast and set sail north into the Zanzibar Archipelago. There is a very strong chance of seeing bottlenose dolphins and large pods of spinner dolphins and from July through to September [peak time is August] the Pemba Channel is on migration route of the Humpback whales so you may also catch a glimpse of these majestic and gentle animals. The channel is also known for its fishing so you can cast out a fishing line and hope to catch tonight’s dinner.
Arriving mid-afternoon and anchoring in the Njao Gap, an absolutely stunning destination and the perfect place for a kayak or paddle in the mangrove. Tonight will be spent on the flat waters of the lagoon where you will hear the bush babies in the distance and the flying foxes can be seen at sunset. The flying foxes were once close to extinction however in recent years, thanks to an effective protection program, numbers are now estimated to be 20,000.
After breakfast you’ll head ashore to Pemba Island or Green Island as it was known by the first Arab settlers from Oman. Collectively Pemba, Unguja [Zanzibar] and Mafia Islands are known as the Spice Islands. Pemba is famous for its cloves, which are farmed in large scale, as well as smaller farming of coconuts, rice and bananas. The group will set off on a hike (approx. 40 minutes) through the Ngezi Rainforest in the hope of spotting vervet monkeys. After the hike you can also visit the local fishing village of Mkia Ya Ngombe (Tail of the Cow) by taxi, for some cultural interaction. Then head back to the yacht for lunch.
Then sail south from Pemba towards Uvinje Gap. The boat will anchor in a calm lagoon between two small islands called Pembe and Funzi where you spend the rest of the day kayaking, paddling to the beach and through coastal mangroves or just relaxing on board. The day is finished with a sundowner and a well-earned dinner on board.
The next stop is Mesali Island. Mesali Island is part of a conservation area with only a restricted number of local fisherman permitted to fish the waters for limited time periods. As a result the marine life is abundant and untouched coral reefs. It is thought that there is more variety of coral here than any other location in Tanzania. Hawksbill turtles nest on the beaches, dolphins, tuna, wahoo, rays, parrotfish, cuttlefish, and kingfish populate the waters. Home to pristine white beaches the boat with anchor here and enjoy a full day relaxing, snorkelling, a forest walk to Turtle Beach or visit two sacred caves in the forest that are also popular with the locals. End the day with a beach side BBQ of fresh fish.
You’ll start early today to begin the crossing of the channel on our way, sadly, back to Nungwi. You should expect to arrive by mid to late afternoon. For the last night the cook will create something special which will be eaten on board or on shore and as you watch the sunset and toast to an amazing sailing adventure.
Day 7: Kendwa / Nungwi
This exotic adventure comes to an end after breakfast.
Valid for departures:
1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 June, 2018
6, 13, 20 & 27 July, 2018
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Terms and conditions: *Prices are per person, based on twin share accommodation, low season. Offer valid for new bookings only when booked and deposited before 31 July 2018, unless sold out prior. All savings and bonus nights (if applicable) are included in the advertised price. Discount applies to tours departing before 31 July 2018. The discount applies to the land tour price only. Discount does not apply to local payments, permits, additional travel arrangements, international and local airfares. For full deposit & full payment conditions, please visit http://www.intrepidtravel.com. Prices, itineraries and inclusions are subject to change without notice. $2,520 price based on 10 August 2018 departure. General: Prices correct from publication but is subject to change at the discretion of the tour operator and may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Limited availability in peak periods. All tours, offers and prices are subject to availability and can change without notice. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Cancellation and change fees will apply. Booking may be subject to compulsory credit card fees and service charges. Other conditions apply. Travel Partners Australia reserve the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time.