The original and the best “Safari Blue” is our full day excursion using locally made traditional sailing dhows of between 8 to 10 metres in length. We operate 6 passenger-dhows that are finished to the very high standards and fitted with outboard engines, marine VHF radios, gas inflatable life jackets, sunshade, boarding ladder, waterproof bags and first aid kit.
The excursion begins with a transfer to the fishing village of Fumba, 30 minutes drive from Stone Town. Fumba is an ideal point to explore Menai Bay, designated a conservation area. The bay has a number of beautiful uninhabited islands and sandbanks and is frequented by humpback and bottlenose dolphins. Dolphins are seen on at least 85% of these trips. Later in the morning we will stop on a sandbank where we will set up sunshades and fit snorkelling equipment. Guides, who can safely lead the snorkelling session and show points of interest, accompany the clients. For beginners or those who are not confident swimmers, we have inflatable snorkelling vests and our guides will give tuition.
After snorkelling we offer fresh green coconuts before we move to the desert island for lunch, served on teak picnic tables set up under the shades of tamarind trees. Lunch is a traditional Zanzibari meal and includes a selection of grilled fish, slipper lobster, squid, and rice, tamarind and coriander sauces. A gastronomic fruit tasting follows with a selection of 10 to 15 different tropical fruits. Return to Fumba by sail and arrive back at 6 p.m. in time to see the colourful African sunset.