is an example of a 5 days sailing and diving cruise in the
most beautiful district of East Africa!
Day 1: Nungwi-Mnemba
on board! Discussion about the cruise, settlement on board
and resting on the nice white beach in Nungwi, north coast
of Zanzibar, 1 and 1/2 hour drive from the airport.
everyone is settled, we lift the anchor ans sail towards Mnemba
Atoll, fishing on the way.
we can dive, and maybe even snorkel with dolphins.
2: Mnemba-Pemba-Njao Bay
sail towards Pemba, Zanzibar's second island, about 20 miles
from Nungwi. We cross the Pemba Channel, famous in East Africa
for game fishing, and there we go! We have the fishing line
out during the crossing and catch a nice yellow fin tuna,
that is ready to eat as sashimi half an hour later!
also admire some big shoals of spinner dolphins playing around
the yacht, and jumping in front of the bow.
a wonderful day of sailing, we anchor in Njao Bay, in the
north of Pemba and we allow ourselves a jump in the water
and a nice meal. This has to be the most peacful place on
3: Pemba-Njao Bay
In the morning, we start the diving in beautiful Njao Gap
(one or two dives), while the non-divers go ashore for an
excursion to the village Mkia Ya Ngombe ("tail of the
cow"), a typical Pemban village, where people live
from agriculture and fishing, in the same way as 500 years
ago. The children are very happy to welcome us! We can also
visit Ngezi Forest, a real tropical forest and try to get
a glimpse of a flying fox (big African bat).
on board, the advanced divers get ready for a night dive,
which is quite spectacular, with beautiful corals and an amazing
variety of crustaceans.
we enjoy a sun downer and the magnificent impression that
this paradise bay offers us.
4: Pemba-Njao Bay-Fundu Gap-Uvinji Gap
Today, we sail along the coral reefs towards Fundu Gap, where
the divers jump in the water again. We dive Fundu Gap and
Manta Point. And then go and anchor in Uvinji Gap.
the menu tonight, some cheese and mushroom filled calamaris,
fresh from the fishermen. And of course, a nice little south-african
Day 5: Pemba-Uvinji Gap-Misali Island
Today, we sail direction Misali Island, a marine park, surrounded
by beautiful reefs.
can do a try dive from the beach and already enjoy the colourful
fish on your first dive!
it is just relaxing, sun-bathing, swimming, walking on the
island... And in the evening, we have a barbecue on a wood
fire on the lonesome beach under the stars, before lifting
anchor again and sailing back to Nungwi. The Southern Cross
and the Scorpio show us the way, while the only sounds are
the lapping of waves on the hull, and the wind in the sails.
6: Back to shore!
dawn, we arrive back in Nungwi, and after a good breakfast,
a last swim around the boat, we pack our things and say good-bye!