Sandbank Picnic

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Sail away with us to sandbanks around the magnificent island of Unguja, Zanzibar. Come on board our traditionally crafted dhows, put your feet up and feel how the Sultans of Zanzibar were pampered once upon a time.


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This full day excursion includes something for everyone. From relaxing on the white sands of the Pange Sandbank to snorkeling for tropical fish and devouring a BBQ Seafood Buffet - guests are in for a treat!

We board the dhow and set sail towards Prison Island! There, guests will enjoy a guided tour of a prison

built for "rebellious slaves," a visit with giant Aldabra tortoises (a species now considered vulnerable), and snorkeling with a guide to view the stunning array of coral and tropical fish that surround the island.

We then sail to the magnificent Pange Sandbank, a beautiful patch of white sand surrounded by turquoise waters. Guests can relax under the shade of our ample tents or swim in the warm water of the Indian Ocean. All that activity sure builds an appetite! For lunch, guests can savor a delicious Seafood BBQ served with a cool, crisp beer and refreshing, soft beverages. After lunch, snorkel among Clownfish and Moorish Idols or simply take a walk around the sandbank to witness the birdlife. By the time we set sail to town in the late afternoon, guests will have enjoyed one of their favorite days in Zanzibar!

Itinerary or Activities

  • 09:30 - We meet at the original Dhow Safaris departure point before boarding our dhow.

  • 09:45 - We meet the crew and will be observing a safety briefing before setting sail toward the Prison Island.

  • 10:30 - We arrive at the island. Then we tour the historic prison and visit the giant tortoises while snorkelling around.

  • 12:00 - We hop on board the dhow to sail toward Pange Sandbank.

  • 13:00 - BBQ Seafood Lunch will be prepared for 8 persons or more. For 7 or less persons, we pack a delicious picnic basket! Meals are served at tables under a beautiful tent made of Merikani sails. After lunch, we shall snorkel in and out of the colorful Pange Reef and swim around the island.

  • 16:00 - We set sail for Stone Town

  • 16:30 - We arrive at the town.


  • Mineral drinking water

  • Hotel pick-up

  • Transport

  • Services of an experienced guide

  • Entrance fees

  • Lunch


  • Meals and drinks (unless specified)

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

Please Note

  • Guides are available in English, French, Italian and Spanish. Must be pre-booked at the time of booking.

  • Guests are advised to bring swim wear, a towel and water resistant shoes for walking over coral. We also suggest that you bring a hat and sunscreen.

  • We recommend that you use water-resistant bags for your cameras and other valuables.

  • Private Sand Bank Trip is available for 2 passengers for an additional cost. Please inquire.

  • Please note both Sandbank Picnic can be upgraded to include white wine and various seafoods. Please inquire for further information.

  • For departures from other areas, please inquire.

  • During the holy month of Ramadan, please be advised that all restaurants not part of hotels will be closed and will not offer services during daytime. Hotels and similar establishments will have to restrict food and drinking services to the confinements of their premises. Please refrain from eating, drinking, kissing and smoking in public as this will offend the traditional and cultural norms of the country during this period.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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