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Dhow boat sunset cruise – Zanzibar

Short overview

Embark on a journey through time, exploring the age-old tradition of dhow sailing and witnessing one of the world’s most stunning sunsets. You’ll be transported to a world of serene tranquility as the sun begins its descent towards the horizon, painting the sky with a warm orange glow. Sip on a refreshing drink and take in the breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, while the gentle sway of the boat and the sound of the waves are lapping against the hull. 

  • Start Location: Nungwi, Zanzibar
  • Duration: 2,5-3 Hours
  • Availability: Daily around 16:30

Description of the Dhow Boat Sunset Cruise Tour

The Dhow boat sunset cruise Zanzibar’s most relaxing and iconic excursions.

The boat leaves at 16:30 from the shores of Nungwi to cruise along the coast, gliding through the translucent blue azure waters.

Once aboard the crew will navigate the Dhow boat about a Kilometer off shore using the engine. Once a nice and quiet spot to enjoy the sunset has been reached, the engine will be turned off and the classic sails will be lifted. From here the winds will be the Dhow boat’s engine, while you relax at the boat and enjoy the tranquility of the Indian Ocean.

Once the golden hour starts and the golden rays reflect on the ocean, the only sounds surrounding you will be the waves splashing at the bow of the dhow boat and the sounds of the sails flickering in the wind. Some relaxed traditional music might be played to set the mood. Slowly, as the sun sets behind the ocean, the sky turns red and the faint sights of the nearby lands reflect on the water. A truly magical moment. 

Getting to the Boat and back

The Dhow Sunset sail cruise starts at Nungwi and leaves the ocean’s shoreline around 4:30pm. For the ones who aren’t staying in/near this location a transfer can be arranged. The transfer will pick you up at your stay at around 4:00PM (depending on your location). After the sunset sail you can have a nice dinner at the beach or enjoy some of Nungwi’s many fresh-fish restaurants. 

Dhow boat tour, for who?

The Dhow Boat sunset cruise is a great for anyone, especially couples, families and friends who like to share some quality moments or just want to relax after another ‘exhausting’ day on the coast of Zanzibar.

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Highlights of the Dhow Boat Sunset Cruise Tour

  • Sailing on a traditional Dhow Boat
  • An incredible sunset over Zanzibar's azure blue ocean
  • One of Zanzibar´s most relaxing and afmospheric activities

Additional information


  • €70,- p.p. (Based on 2 persons as a group trip from Nungwi) The prices vary depending on the size of your travel party & pick-up location

Tour Includes

  • Pick-up & drop-off at your accommodation
  • Team of locals who sail the boat


  • Tips for the crew

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