If Zanzibar is not the top surfing destination in the world, those who have attempted the sport will attest to how much fun its waves are compared to other surf spots in East Africa.
And yes! The Zanzibar coastlines are some of the best-surfing destinations where you’re likely to encounter reef breaks spanning the southeast and northeast of the island. In these spots, you’re unlikely to meet other surfers in the water and will be left alone to soar the massive waves uninterrupted.
Be warned of the risks
Most surf spots are on the reef and if you have no experience of surfing, you should avoid it or you should speak to the surf guides for best advice. Most hotels with a seafront that extends to the Indian Ocean offer surfing opportunities and have their staff to guide surfers. A complete trip would require transport from the hotel for at least three people, a boat to and from the reef, boards for surfing, food and drinks and a guide.
For a great surfing experience, the best reefs are far away offshore. From Nungwi to the northeast all the way to Mnemba. It is best to charter a boat or hop into one of the snorkelling or diving boats from Nungwi or Kendwa tourist areas. Here are the best surf spots in Zanzibar: