Go on a Dhow Sailing Cruise in Zanzibar

Go on a Dhow Sailing Cruise in Zanzibar with Lyimo Expeditions

Welcome to Zanzibar, the jewel of the Indian Ocean! With its pristine white sandy beaches, crystalline turquoise waters, and a rich tapestry of history and culture, this paradise island is a dreamy escape for anyone looking to experience the tropical splendor of East Africa. But wait, there’s more! At Lyimo Expeditions, we invite you to embark on a unique adventure—a Dhow Sailing Cruise that promises memories as endless as the ocean itself.

Why Choose a Dhow Sailing Cruise?

Dhows are traditional wooden sailing boats that have graced the waters off the coast of Zanzibar for centuries. These sturdy vessels are not just boats; they are floating pieces of history. Imagine yourself aboard a beautifully crafted dhow, the wind gently guiding your sails as you skim across the azure waves. It’s a magic carpet ride on water, with endless horizons awaiting your exploration.

The Rich History of Dhows

Dhows have been used by the Swahili people for trading along the East African coastline for over a thousand years. These boats have traversed routes from Mozambique to India, carrying spices, textiles, and stories of distant lands. When you step aboard a dhow, you’re not just going for a ride; you’re stepping into a living museum of maritime history.

An Itinerary to Remember

At Lyimo Expeditions, we’ve crafted an itinerary that captures the best of what a dhow sailing cruise can offer. Here’s a glimpse:

Morning Glory

Your adventure begins with a warm greeting from our friendly crew. After a quick briefing, you’ll climb aboard one of our traditional dhows, where your captain awaits to set sail. As the dhow glides away from the shoreline, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of Zanzibar’s stunning coast.

Snorkeling at Mnemba Atoll

Our first stop is the Mnemba Atoll, a marine reserve celebrated for its vibrant coral reefs and exotic marine life. Don your snorkeling gear and plunge into an underwater world where schools of colorful fish dart around corals of every imaginable hue. Keep an eye out for dolphins; they’re known to make playful appearances.

Seafood Feast

After a refreshing swim, your appetite will be rewarded with a sumptuous seafood feast. Picture this: freshly caught fish grilled to perfection, succulent prawns, and a bounty of tropical fruits—all served on the deck of your dhow. As you savor each bite, the gentle sway of the ocean and the soft rustling of the sails create a tranquil dining experience like no other.

Relax and Unwind

Following lunch, the afternoon is yours to enjoy. Lounge on the dhow’s deck, soak up the sun, or simply let the rhythmic waves lull you into a serene state of relaxation. For those eager to explore more, our crew is happy to take you to secluded beaches where you can swim or beachcomb to your heart’s content.

Sunset Spectacle

As the day draws to a close, prepare for an unforgettable sunset. The golden orb sinks slowly into the horizon, casting a kaleidoscope of colors across the sky. This is the perfect moment to reflect on your day and capture some stunning photographs. It’s an experience that words can scarcely describe, but one that will stay with you forever.

Return to Shore

As twilight envelops the island, your dhow makes its way back to shore. With the stars beginning to twinkle overhead, you’ll step back onto the island, filled with a sense of wonder and gratitude for a day well spent.

Why Book with Lyimo Expeditions?

Expertise and Passion

At Lyimo Expeditions, we are not just tour operators; we are passionate ambassadors of Tanzania and Zanzibar. Our team comprises experienced guides who are deeply knowledgeable about the local culture, history, and marine life. We are committed to providing an enriching experience that goes beyond the ordinary.

Personalized Service

We understand that every traveler is unique, and we tailor our tours to meet your specific needs and interests. From private dhow charters for romantic getaways to group excursions for families and friends, we offer a range of options to suit every occasion.

Safety First

Your safety is our top priority. Our dhows are well-maintained and equipped with all necessary safety gear. Our crew is trained in first aid and emergency procedures, ensuring that you can relax and enjoy your adventure with peace of mind.

Eco-Friendly Practices

We are committed to preserving the natural beauty of Zanzibar for future generations. Our tours are designed with sustainability in mind, and we adhere to eco-friendly practices to minimize our environmental impact.


Don’t just take our word for it; hear from some of our delighted guests:

“An unforgettable experience! The crew was fantastic, and the snorkeling at Mnemba Atoll was out of this world. I highly recommend Lyimo Expeditions for anyone visiting Zanzibar.” – Sarah J., USA

“The dhow cruise was the highlight of our trip. The seafood lunch was delicious, and the sunset view was spectacular. Thank you, Lyimo Expeditions, for an amazing day!” – Mark T., UK

“I have traveled to many places, but this dhow cruise stands out as one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. The team at Lyimo Expeditions made everything perfect.” – Aisha K., UAE

Book Your Dhow Sailing Cruise Today!

Are you ready to embark on a magical dhow sailing cruise in Zanzibar? At Lyimo Expeditions, we make it easy for you to plan and book your adventure. Whether you’re a solo traveler, a couple, or a group, we have the perfect package for you.

Contact Us

For more information or to make a booking, please reach out to us:

  • Email: info@lyimoexpeditionskilimanjaro.com
  • Phone: +255718442953

You can also visit our website to explore our full range of Tanzania tours and safaris. From the iconic Serengeti to the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, we offer unforgettable experiences that showcase the best of this incredible country.


Zanzibar is a paradise waiting to be discovered, and a dhow sailing cruise is the perfect way to experience its magic. With Lyimo Expeditions, you’re not just booking a tour; you’re embarking on a journey filled with wonder, beauty, and unforgettable moments. So what are you waiting for? Contact us today and let’s set sail on an adventure of a lifetime!

Thank you for considering Lyimo Expeditions. We look forward to welcoming you aboard and sharing the wonders of Zanzibar with you. As we like to say, "Karibu Zanzibar!"—Welcome to Zanzibar!