Zanzibar Sunrise Dhow Cruise Tours is a dhow sailing trip in Zanzibar from Stone Town, Zanzibar on the Indian Ocean. Early in the morning, on an ancient dhow before the sun is up, Zanzibar seems frozen in perfect tranquility. The beaches are empty of people and the quiet stillness on the surface of the ocean hides the abundant flurry of exotic marine life below.
Each day on the island begins with the first signs of fishermen, eager to make the most of the day and bring in an early catch while the temperatures are still relatively cool.
Our Zanzibar Sunrise Dhow Cruise Tours give you a rare opportunity to leave the shores at the same time as these early risers. You will get to see the first light cast over this paradise, gently sailing out to watch the colors of the sun’s initial rays slowly spread until the sky is clear, and the sea is turquoise blue as far as you can see.
Sail to the sand banks or Prison Island to do early morning snorkeling in the breathtaking ocean. You snorkel for an hour. Snorkeling off the dhow in the peace of the early morning is an experience you will remember for a lifetime.
The marine life is undisturbed by other divers and the coral seems to glow brighter in the early light. You will make your way back just before the Zanzibar heat sets in for a delightful breakfast at the island or at your hotel.
Our sunrise dhow cruise uses handcrafted dhows which are operated by a professional, trained crew and are fully equipped with life jackets, a first aid kit, a sunshade, a boarding ladder, and waterproof bags. Each boat comfortably accommodates 16 guests, while one can hold up to 25!
You can choose whether to sit on the main deck or climb on top of the upper cabin for a great view!
Zanzibar Sunrise Dhow Cruise Tours Itinerary
0600 Hours: We pick you up from your hotel residence and transfer you to the meeting point.
0700 Hours: Our guide will give us a detailed briefing of the excursion.
0715 Hours: Climb on board the dhow, meet the crew, and set sail. Our Guide will give you information about the history of the island of Zanzibar and Stone town as you sail. The silence of the morning sea makes the perfect accompaniment to a beautiful sunrise cruise.
Sail to the sandbanks or Prison Island (depending on tide and wind conditions) to do early morning snorkeling in the breathtaking ocean.
0745 Hours: The snorkeling guide will take you out for about an hour to swim and snorkel. You will find it hard to resist the urge to dive into the cool waters and swim with the brightly colored fish below. Snorkeling off the dhow in the peace of the early morning is an experience you will remember for a lifetime.
The marine life is undisturbed by other divers and the coral seems to glow brighter in the early light. The low tide at this time exposes the high sandbanks of the surrounding area. Taking a walk on these as you are encircled by an endless ocean, creates the perfect mood for quiet contemplation and a vast appreciation for the opportunity to start a new day in Zanzibar.
0840 Hours: After an hour of snorkeling you relax and then set sail back to Stone town. You return back just before the Zanzibar heat sets in for the delightful breakfast at Serena Inn.
0915 Hours: Arrive back and disembark on the beach.
0945 Hours: Breakfast.
Zanzibar Sunrise Dhow Cruise Tours Prices
Zanzibar Sunset Dhow Cruise Tours Rates Includes:
Professional English-speaking guides + All entry fees, service charges, and taxes + Pickup from your hotel in Zanzibar Stone Town and drop-off to your hotel & Enjoyed watching the sunrise sailing on a Dhow in Zanzibar Island in the Indian Ocean
|Price Per Person
|Children Aged 3 to 12 Years
|1st January 2023
|31st December 2023
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* Zanzibar Sunrise Dhow Cruise Tours must be booked at least 12 hours in advance.
* The trip can be reorganized and changed depending on wind and tide conditions. Minimum 4 Guests
Zanzibar Sunset Dhow Cruise Tours Rates Do Not Include:
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers Insurance
* Communication charges
* Minimum of 1 person required
* Visas, international airfares, and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)