Kitesurfing in Zanzibar: Where to go

kitesurfing in zanzibar

Zanzibar is a paradise island off the coast of Tanzania’s Dar Es Salaam. It is the ideal location for a holiday getaway, with crystal clear turquoise waters. There are many things to do in Zanzibar, but kitesurfing is one of the most popular water sports. We’ve got the scoop on where to go kitesurfing in Zanzibar.

When and where to go kitesurfing in Zanzibar

The two best seasons for kitesurfing in Zanzibar are from December to March and June to September. The December to March season brings the Kaskazi winds, which are gentle in the mornings and strong after midday, making it ideal for both beginners and experienced surfers. From June to September, kitesurfers will find the Kuzi winds, which get up to 20 knots in the morning and about 28 knots in the afternoon. This season is loved by kitesurfers across the globe. The entire island is full of beautiful beaches to choose from, but there are some unique, perfect spots that are loved by those who know them.

Paje Beach

Paje, the “Pearl of Zanzibar,” is a world-class kitesurfing destination. It has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with vast white sandy beaches and beautiful turquoise water. Paje has fewer tourists than the northern part of the island, but there is still plenty to do in the evenings.

Paje’s tides change the spot dramatically throughout the day, with low tides emptying the inner lagoon and sending kiters to the outer lagoon and sandbanks. At different tide levels, the inner and outer lagoons provide perfect flat water knee-deep conditions. The high tide sessions have mild chop and some kickers for some freestyle fun.


Nungwi offers amazing conditions for kitesurfing in Zanzibar, as well as a prime location for visitors to make the most of their vacations. Nungwi is Zanzibar’s most happening beach, with resorts, hotels, restaurants, and beach bars for nighttime entertainment. It also has a beautiful coral lagoon and some of Zanzibar’s best sunsets. After a fun day of kitesurfing in crystal blue waters, there is plenty to do.

Pwani Mchangani

Pwani Mchangani beach’s long stretch of sand is simply a stunning and pristine location that provides ideal conditions for kitesurfing in Zanzibar. It is the windiest spot on the island, with an average wind speed between 18 and 25 knots. Throughout the summer and winter seasons, these fantastic numbers blow nearly every day across-shore to the beach. 


Jambiani provides not only beautiful winds and ideal waters for kitesurfers but also a picturesque setting with dhows and boats in the sand. It is located halfway between Bwejuu to the south and Paje beach. Between mid-June and mid-September, and again from December to mid-March, the wind blows. However, the best months to visit are July, August, January and February. The wind changes direction with the seasons, but it is always on the side of the beach, providing great flat water in all spots at low tide and great waves at high tide.

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