Do you want to know what a perfect day kitesurfing in Zanzibar would look like? Keep reading!
So I recently moved to Zanzibar, Tanzania, for the summer season. I am working as a kitesurf instructor at Zanzibar Kite Paradise, a kitesurfing school at a little town from the south east of the island: Paje. I am in love with this place as it is providing #IloveMyLife moments. Kitesurfing in Zanzibar means perfect steady windy days surrounded by flat turquoise water and a fun reef to play with the waves. Too good!
So after few weeks here I learned the important stuff: How to score a TOP day in Paje, when kitesrufing in Zanzibar:
Wake up and breakfast
The sun rises between 6:00 to 6:30. You can wake up at 8:00 and you will have 1,30h before the wind starts to pick up. You can’t miss a breakfast at Mr Kahawa, a super nice beach coffee shop with very nice food, coffee and chill out areas.
Check the tide
In Zanzibar the tide is going to influence a lot your kite session as the beach scenery changes drastically with it. It can go up and down between 1.5 and 4m approximately, shortening and lengthening the beach between 500 to 800 m.
Kitesurfing in Zanzibar
There are two windy seasons for kitesurfing in Zanzibar:
June to September: SE winds, known as Kuzi. Is the winter season and the winds are stronger (17 to 20 knots)
December to March: NE winds, known as Kaskazi. Is the summer season and the winds are a bit lighter (13 to 15 knots)
During both seasons there are steady trade winds and warm tropical water. In Paje the wind direction is predominately side on shore.
There are few kitesurfing spots on the island but the main one is Paje, at the east side of the island. Paje is the best spot, as it has a long beach with a long, flat water lagoon, with lots of space at the beach and sandy bottom. Very close to Paje there is another small kitesurfing town, Jambiani, which is also a place to visit, as is a less touristic and very authentic.
Do you want to see how Paje Beach looks like right now? Use the life webcam from Zanzibar Kite Paradise:
With low tide
Is the perfect time to practice some freestyle at the lagoon. The water is crystal clear and super flat. The reef is too shallow to go, sometimes you can even see it popping out of the water at the outside and some random rocks around too. In the inside of the reef you will normally have around 0.5m of depth.
The beach is full of hotels, resorts, and restaurants where you can have nice lunch without missing anything from the kite beach. I recommend you stop at Ndame Beach Lodge. It has a super pretty setting, water front, very nice food.
Go kiting again!
With high tide
The water is a bit choppy, but still fun for freestyle and free ride. Good time to kite to the reef and surf the waves! With high tide the reef is about 2 to 4m deep.
With mid tide
The water is a bit choppy and it’s when the conditions at the reef are better. You will find about 1.5m of depth and right side waves to enjoy.
If the wind is still blowing as the sun goes down, don’t miss the opportunity to be in the water while kitesurfing in Zanzibar. The sun sets behind the palm trees and gives an epic scenario for your senses.
After kiting beer
Between 6:15 and 6:45 the sun sets. Put your kite down and walk few steps to one of the bars and order the local beer: Safari or Kilimanjaro.
Moving around the beach by bike during the sunset is also a generator of #IloveMyLife times. Especially during low tide, the beach is very flat and you can ride next to the water. Super nice.
You had a royal day so you have to finish also like a king. There are many places to go but here are my recommendations. Super authentic place is Bausinga, right at the beach next to Paje village.
And if you feel like going outside Paje take a taxi to go to The Rock to have a drink, which is a magical restaurant on top of a rock in the middle of the sea. Then go to Upendo which is another restaurant, in front of The Rock, where you can also enjoy the nice views and very good food. Upendo has a very beautiful chill out environment where you are going to love life for sure.
If you need lessons, rent gear or any type of advice, go to Zanzibar Kiteparadise, they are the best school around!