The best snorkelling near Stone town is next to Bawe Island where you will find unspoilt coral. Travel is by small motorboat. Fruits and water are included as well as snorkelling gear.
Snorkelling Trip (Bawe Island)
Visit this beautiful, unspoilt, small piece of bounty island in the middle of the Ocean. The beauty of the white sand, the calm wind that blows and the blue sea makes your visit unforgettable. The sandbank can be visited depending on the tides.
The tour starts from Zanzibar town where we take a small motorboat to Biladi sandbank for a swim, sunbath and BBQ. From the sand bank we proceed to Bawe island for snorkelling to the reef near to the island. And finally we visit the Changuu (Prison) island.
Day trip Chumbe Island Coral Park
Chumbe Island is a small privately-owned island a few kilometres off of the coast of Zanzibar known for its ecological innovation and exceptional coral reefs. In 1994, the island and its surrounding waters were declared the Chumbe Island Coral Park, which contains the Chumbe Reef Sanctuary and the Closed Forest Reserve. Profits made from trips to Chumbe island help keep their conservation & education programs thriving. This tour needs to be booked at least 2 days in advance as only a maximum amount of people are allowed on the island.
The prison on the island was never functional, but was used as a quarantine station. Prison Island is known for its huge turtles. The turtles were a gift from Seychelles and have been moved to the island for their protection. There is a pleasant small beach on the island where you can relax and there are some good snorkelling spots nearby which you will visit by small motorboat.
This full day excursion starts from Fumba and takes you to the South coast to enjoy a day at sea. You will sail in a dhow and snorkel near some beautiful coral reefs (on Kwale sandbank). Sometimes dolphins are spotted on this tour. After a seafood lunch and a little relaxing on the beach, you will visit the mysterious mangrove forest and Baobab tree.
This day trip takes you to the south of the island to Kizimkazi. Search for dolphins aboard a small motorboat for about one hour. Once you spot them, the boat will try to get closer to them to give you a chance to swim with the dolphins. After some snorkelling you will go back to shore and have lunch. Then it is time for relaxing on the beach before heading back to Stone town.