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Are you planning a holiday in Zanzibar and decided to stay in Kendwa or Nungwi? One of the most incredible experiences in Zanzibar is sailing on a traditional Dhow. Hope Dhow is a beautiful and one of the most exquisite Dhow in the area. Originally crafted using traditional methods and solid wood, you can sail the shores of Zanzibar in luxury, whilst feeling very close to nature and cared for by Hope Dhow’s awesome crew of very experienced sailors.

You can choose from a huge variety of trips, from full days out island hopping and snorkelling, spotting dolphins and breath taking sunset cruises. Contact us today to find out how Hope Dhow can make your holiday to Zanzibar a truly magical experience.

Full day Trips

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Snorkelling to Mnemba Island

We start the day around 09.00am and set sail to Mnemba Island. We will stop on the way for some snorkelling and swimming, aiming to arrive at our destination around noon. If we are lucky, we may even see some dolphins on the way. For lunch, our crew will show you how cooking is done on the Dhow using charcoal including a BBQ of fresh seafood. Lunch and soft drinks are inclusive of the price, you can also bring any additional drinks for storage in our cooler box. We will start sailing back to the main island around 2pm whilst witnessing the spectacular Zanzibar sunset.

Half day Trips

Snorkelling to Tumbatu Island

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Let us take you out sailing for half a day.
Enjoy the beautiful crystal clear waters of Zanzibar and snorkel with the beautiful fish.
There is also plenty of opportunity to fish and our crew are on hand to provide a demonstration and assist you if you would like to try catching some fish.
Equipment will be provided and if appropriate we can cook your catch for lunch.

Sunset cruise

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Zanzibar is famous for its blood orange sunsets. Make the most of your holiday and join us on a spectacular sunset cruise. We sail up and down the coastline through Kendwa and Nungwi, providing spectacular views. If the sea is calm, we will include a stop where you can swim with your friends and family alongside the gorgeous sunset. Trip duration around 2 hours and we will pick up and drop off from your hotel if it’s on the beach.

Sunrise cruise

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We take you early in the morning from any place between Kendwa and Nungwi to sail to the place where you can see the nice sunrise. The Trip is duraring around 2 hours. After we will drop you up by your place near Kendwa and Nungwi.

Parties – Birthdays, Weddings...

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...Honeymoons, Anniversary Celebrations or just for fun!

Celebrate your special occasion on our luxury sailing Dhow and create unforgettable memories. Speak to our crew with your requirements and we can definitely find something to make your occasion really special. The maximum capacity of our boat is 30 people and for comfort places is it for 15 people, so you can definitely have a blast.


Full day trip 50$ per person, min. four people up to fifeteen people, include sailing, snorkeling, swahili dish, soft drinks and fresh fruits.
Half day trip 25$ per person, min. four people up to fifeteen people. Include sailing, snorkeling, with food, soft drinks and fresh fruits.
Sunset cruise 25$ per person, with soft drinks and local band.
Sunrise cruise 25$ per person, with coffee, snacks and fresh fruits.
Sailing around 25$ per person, for two hours with free sailing lesson and soft drinks.


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A Dhow is a traditional sailing vessel with one or more masts with lanteen sails used in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean region. Dhows are trading vessels primarily used to carry heavy items, like fruit, fresh water or merchandise, along the coasts of East Africa. Because of this, Dhows are built to be very sturdy and safe, to withstand the harsh elements at sea. From time to time the dhwo was also used to transport people.


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We are friends that grew up together, originally from the island of Lamu in Kenya. We grow up by a life on the ocean as fisherman and sailor. Tourism sailingtrips is a way of life for us. We have all worked in tourism especially sailing, some of us have also been lifeguards. Because of our experience, in February 2016 we decided to start our own sailing tours business in Zanzibar. We sailed Hope Dhow from Lamu to Kendwa Zanzibar, it took about 4 days in total and it was a great adventure. We love singing and cooking on the Dhow and to meet people from every place in this world. We guarantee, you will be entertained and you will build unforgettable memories of your holiday in Zanzibar by choosing Hope Dhow for a sailing trip.

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