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Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Unguja, Latham, Mnemba and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, and 6 ° south of the equator.

Fishing and agriculture are the main economic activities and Zanzibar is the world's largest producer of cloves, which together with coconut products and spices, are still the major exports of the country.

Zanzibar now has a new marina (2018) on the main Island of Unguja in Stone Town.

Unguja

Known internationally as Zanzibar, Unguja is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, and has beautiful beaches with fringing coral reefs. The capital city is Zanzibar City, which is made up of two parts, Ng'ambo and Stone Town. This historic town is so-named because of the ancient stone buildings that are crowded together on the waterfront, with small lanes and streets full of every type of sale. It has lots of excellent cafes and restaurants, charming lodges and inexpensive hotels.

There are cruising destinations scattered all around the western side of the island. The diving and snorkelling are average to good, depending on when and where you dive. Humpback whales are sighted daily in the season, which runs from October to March or so. Whale sharks are sometimes spotted, but are best seen on Mafia Island in October.

Pemba Island

Renowned for its lush, green hills and clove plantations, Pemba is home to several dive sites, with steep drop-offs, untouched coral and very abundant marine life. The main town is Chake Chake, but Mkoani remains the most friendly of the ports in Pemba.

Location: 06 ° 08 "15 'S 39 ° 12" 23' E (Azam Marina Entrance Zanzibar, Stone Town)

Clearance

Unguja

Stone Town is a Port of Entry.

See the main noonsite/Tanzania/Formalities page for full details of clearance.

Immigration & Customs in Stone Town are located at the ferry dock.

If you have already cleared into Tanzania, checking in with Immigration is not required, although proof of check-in may be requested. Be sure to also obtain a transit log before entering Zanzibar, as it may be inspected by Customs.

Pemba Island

Mkoani is a port of entry.

If you have already cleared into Tanzania, checking in with Immigration is not required, although proof of check-in may be requested.

On entering Mkoani port, call the authorities on VHF Ch: 14 and visit the port authority to obtain your transire (10 USD).

The west coast of Pemba Island is a designated Marine Park, managed by the Pemba Channel Conservation Area (PECCA) and the fees of $20 per boat per visit and $5 per person per day must be paid at Mesali Island.

Last updated:  August 2018

Docking

Unguja - Stone Town

Anchoring

Stone Town port is busy with ferries and shipping and anchoring here can be uncomfortable. Anchor in 15m just west of the ferry pier.

Dinghies can be left on the small beach in front of the Mercury Bar, where for a small tip one of the bar guards will keep an eye on it. Take care with the tides and be sure to haul the dinghy far enough up the beach. The staff at the Mercury Bar can help with finding a taxi.

Marinas

A new marina opened here in 2018 just a 10-15 minute walk from Stone Town centre. The marina is situated behind the newly built Hotel Verde Zanzibar and parts of it are still under construction. It is intended to be a full-facility marina (see photo below courtesy of Jack Hunt). The marina entrance is exposed to the west and north.

Unguja - Other Anchorages

There are good anchorages found all along the western side of Unguja, with the best shelter being in Menai Bay, or inside Peet's Inlet in the south and inside Tumbatu Island in the north.

In settled weather, there is an excellent beachfront anchorage at Kendwe, in the far north (05° 45’ 09”S, 039° 17’ 17”E). Be mindful of the close-in reef and coral heads as you enter Kendwe. Don't anchor in less than 20' of water, at high tide. Water visibility is very good in Kendwe.

Pemba

Pemba Lagoon is a mini archipelago which provides numerous anchoring options.

Last updated:  August 2018

Azam Zanzibar Marina
Marina manager: Mike Reynolds
Tel:(+255) 745 028 606
Currently there are 18 floating pontoons with a minimum depth of 10’ and all facilities including wash-down and drinking water. A restaurant is located just behind the marina.
Under construction are additional pontoons, a breakwater to reduce the exposure from the W and N, a 50’ wide slipway, haul out and storage area, waterpark and cinema complex.

udy yosha
udy yosha says:
Aug 21, 2018 07:00 PM

Zanzibar now provides pretty much the only real Marina in East Africa north of Richards bay Tuzi Gazi (given the state of Tuzi Gazi docks there in June 2017 it may not viable anymore). Azam Zanzibar marina S 06 8.184 E 39 12.66 currently provides 18 full docks with water , shore power and other facilities. it is being enlarged to about 40 berthes. The developing company Azam, is the biggest marine company in Tanzania and it seems they plan to develop a yachting hub and add variety of marine services including shipyard , technical services and more. The marina is managed by a very helpful South African couple, Mike and Nicole
+255 745 028 606 https://web.facebook.com/azamwatersportsmarina

SV Toybox August 2018

chcochain
chcochain says:
Apr 15, 2016 11:01 PM

Stonetown : nous sommes arrivés à Zanzibar, début avril 2016 : mouillage dans le port de Stonetown, dans 15 mètres d'eau, au milieu des ferries, à la pointe nord, pas très confortable, mais pas guère d'autres possibilités pour mouiller,( debut mousson SE ). Concernant le dinghy , pour aller à terre, nous l'avons laissé chaque jour sur la petite plage devant le MERCURY'S BAR , où moyennant un petit pourboire un des vigiles du bar avait un oeil dessus. Attention lors marées hautes,monter le dinghy tout en haut de la plage,et bien l'assurer:mais le gardien et le personnel du bar sont vraiment coopératifs.Nous avons trouvé une averie : demander au Mercury's les coordonnées,ils connaissent, un taxi nous a amenés,c'est environ à 2 kms du port; nous avons fait tamponner les passeports au quai d'arrivée des ferries. En ce qui concerne le "transire",il faut d'abord aller aux port pour les customs, ensuite trouver le "bureau des Transire"" au port des dhows, mais là, l'employée nous a réclamé la somme de 3000 shillings (1,5€ environ)pour l'établir pour l'île de Mafia ( alors que c'est normalement gratuit), et pas de reçu ! Nous avons essayé de discuter, en vain. Ce n'est pas le prix que ça coûte, mais c'est le principe. A part ça, Stonetown vaut vraiment la peine de s'y arrêter ! Christine et Jany / Voilier Filopré /

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