Traditional Boat Trip

Sail a traditional dhow across the sheltered waters of Mikindani Bay to Pemba village and beyond. Dhows have been plying the waters of the Indian Ocean for hundreds of years, this is your opportunity to sail on one of these handcrafted vessels. Your Mikindani Bay dhow trip will also take you to a secluded cove to enjoy a picnic lunch and swim in the calm, refreshing ocean bay.

The journey across the bay can take as little as half an hour in favourable winds. As you cross, keep an eye out for wildlife; flying fish skim across the turquoise water, occasional Fish Eagles patrol the outer bay and there have even been rare sightings of Humpback Whales.

On your return call in at Mikindani Museum, where the story is told of the magnificent ocean-going dhows that once traded up and down the Swahili coast and eastwards as far as the Indian subcontinent.


Duration: Dependent on the wind and tides. Expect to be away about three hours.
We arrange: The Dhow and pilot, lunch, drinks and buoyancy aids.
You require: Sandals for wading in the water, sun cream, swim wear and camera (please ask before taking pictures). You may also like to bring additional drinks/water.