Restaurant Meal: 15,000 – 35,000TKS
THE LUREOn the southeast coast of Zanzibar island Paje features virtually untouched crystal-clear, tropical waters, islands and bays with protected lagoons and great waves out on the reef – it's an endless playground. This is the closest you'll get to the white beaches and turquoise lagoons that you've seen in your dreams.
THE SET-UP25 miles from the Tanzanian coast in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is just 90 miles long and 40 miles wide but boasts more than 25 fantastic beaches and lots of peaceful, remote, small islands that are just perfect for downwinders. Kiting conditions at the main spot of Paje change with the tides, although all states of tide offer something special. An offshore reef almost two kilometres out creates butter-flat conditions on the huge lagoons at low tide and, as the water speeds over the reef break it gets a little choppier on the main beach but at high tide the shore-break makes nice kickers. Neap tides provide gorgeous flat water all day. The sandy flat water lagoons are perfect for beginners or for freestyle, but clean waves from waist to over head high can be found on the reef with more spots regularly popping up on the radar.
Paje is an excellent place to be. Close your day out with a downwinder to a restaurant 20 kilometres along the coast with your friends, or a quick taxi and then downwind back home to finish at the bar with a beer or cocktail. You'll also find centres south in Jambiani and in the north of the island.
WIND, WEATHER AND WATERSun, wind and waves are at their best January - February and June - August, but conditions are generally good from mid-December to March and June to September. Wind blows left to right for the first season's trade winds and switches for the second season. Expect cross-on 12 - 20 knot winds December to March and 14 – 25 knots cross-on from the north from June to September, but be prepared for days of 30 knots, too. Average air temps: 30°C / 86°F; water: 27°C / 80°F. For long days and downwinders a shorty is recommended. Bring something to cover your shoulders and lower legs out of respect if you go into town as this is an Islamic country.
ACCOMMODATIONPaje is a small village with hotels ranging from three to five star and all accommodation is pretty much right on the spot. Matemwe / Kiwengwa is famous for big resorts and Nungwi is a popular village to the north with small guest houses and hotels built close to the water, but most kiters will stay in Paje.
AIRBORNE teach all levels nine months a year in Paje and specialise in kite-surfaris downwinders and excursions. Instructor training, internships, advanced coaching and wave clinics also available as well as trips to various wave breaks. Accommodation packages also provided. Best, Ocean Rodeo and CrazyFly gear to hire or buy and there's safety cover
Languages spoken by instructors: English, German, Polish, Italian and Spanish.
+255 776 687 357
UNIQUE KITE CAMPS run a wide variety of bespoke package camp options filled with all sorts of activities and adventures on and off the water to help you discover all that Zanzibar has to offer. Also run a kite school called Aquaholics Zanzibar for intermediate and advanced riders and guided downwinders.
+49 6887 9925 195
+255 (0) 776 219 337
PAJE BY KITE teach all levels with an all female team of instructors at max ratio 4:1. Media shooting, pro clinics and trick masterclasses, too. Wainman, Cabrinha, Flexifoil, Aboards, Tablas gear, boat reef trips, downwinders, SUP and surf trips. Safety boat and gear storage is on hand. Paje By Night is a great bar!
Languages spoken by staff: English, French, Italian, Creole, Afrikaans, German and Swahili.
+255 777 460 710 / +255 776 219 337
KITE CENTRE ZANZIBAR, the first centre on Zanzibar is located on a great spot right opposite the lagoon. They teach all levels, including waves and strapless. A great vibe, launch and hangout at the kite shop, they offer storage as well as repair and use the latest North and Brunotti gear for lessons / rentals, run lots of downwinders, sandbank trips, SUP sessions as well as sunset and mangrove trips across the island.
Languages spoken by staff: English, Dutch, German and French
+255 776 531 535
+44 (0) 20 36 085 777
UNIQUE KITE CAMPS
+49 6887 9925 195
+44 (0) 844 811 8489
NO WINDZanzibar is a spice island and rich in history and heritage and has a constantly improving tourist infrastructure. Take a cultural/historical tour and visit the colourful markets of Stone Town. Alternatively, swim with dolphins or go fishing, diving, SUPing, surfing or take boat safaris.
GET AROUNDCar hire isn't necessary as taxis are cheap and plentiful. A scooter is good for a day's sight seeing. The main town of Stone Town is an hour from Paje. Crime is low here, but use common sense.
CurrencyTanzania Shilling (TZS): £1 = 2,600TZS / €1 = 2,100TZS / $1 = 1,600TZS Lots of ATM’s in Stone Town, but none in Paje. US dollars and Euros can be used for high value goods at many western shops, but for food, TZH gives best rate.
FOOD AND DRINKPaje has a small supermarket within walking distance from the beach. Lovely restaurants in Paje, local ones with beach boys cooking your food over a beach fire. You can survive on as little as $15 a day if you eat and drink at local restaurants. Hotel restaurants are more expensive. For parties hit Paje by Night. It is customary for hotels to be paid in full on arrival and tipping isn't a customary requirement, although locals offering help will expect a 'thank you'. Check the times for Ramadan as there will be no parties.
AIRPORTZanzibar international airport (ZNZ Kisuani) is an hour from Paje in Stone Town. Alternatively, fly to Dar es Salaam (DAR) on the mainland and get the ferry to Zanzibar. The ferry is just a few miles from the airport and takes 20 - 30 minutes.
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