Come on board our traditionally crafted dhows, put your feet up, and allow our staff to pamper you as the Sultans of Zanzibar were once upon a time. Enjoy a guided tour of Stone Town by sea, being shown the famous historical sites of this enchanting town. Snorkel with our guide around the reef and discover a whole new underwater world filled with marine life and coral of brilliant colors. Tables are set on the golden sand where a five-star lunch, prepared by the talented chefs from the Zanzibar Hotels will be served to you.
After lunch relax on the sandbank listening to the hush of waves lapping against the shore or discover more underwater life around it and listen to stories from our crew about sailing the seven seas. Hop back onboard and sail to Prison Island to see the remains of the prison built to condemn Zanzibari citizens to isolation and watch the giant tortoises shuffle through the trees, with the patience that old age brings.
The sounds of the bustle of busy people in Stone Town grow faint in the distance until they seem only a memory. Music takes over, the sounds of taarab, songs of love and loss, on violin and oud, as your guide serves canapes and keeps your glass topped up with your choice of beers, wine, cocktails, or sodas, encouraging you to sink back into the cushions and enjoy the romance of Africa while watching the scenery drift by. Onboard our dhow you are provided with a personal guide who will accompany you on your cruise and give you a tour of Stone Town from the water as well as be able to answer any questions that may have for him. Then, as the sun sinks into the horizon of the Indian Ocean, gentle breezes guide the dhow back to shore
The island was formerly owned by an Arab and used for the confinement of refractory slaves. It was bought by General Mathews and the jail (gaol) which still stands was constructed in 1893 and hence the name "Prison Island". While on the island you will be able to see massive land tortoises, swim, sunbathe, and snorkel
When it comes to lunchtime, guests can stroll over to one of the tables shaded by thatch awning and enjoy a lavish buffet lunch. The menu has something for everyone but mostly takes advantage of Zanzibar's wonderful seafood. A chef is on hand at the buffet to prepare dishes to your requirements, adding the perfect blend of famous Zanzibari spices.
The beach club offers restrooms and changing rooms and a bar offering a variety of cool refreshments throughout the day. Self-guided and guided nature and cultural walks are available that include the nearby historical Mangapwani Slave Caves where the slaves of the 1800s were kept awaiting the monsoons and the arrival of the dhows.